Category: St. Louis County Blog

STL County Councilman Mark Harder heads up new government reform and efficiency committee

St. Louis County Councilman Mark Harder is the chairman of a new committee that aims to investigate, create, and lead the effort to reform county government and make it more responsible and efficient. The the new committee labeled the Committee on Government Reform & Efficiency, will have the responsibility to help facilitate change and collaboration within the County Council. Harder, who represents the county’s District 7, stated in a letter to St. Louis County Executive […]

STL County Council debate animal control legislation that would raise the requirements for director position

On Tuesday the St. Louis County Council questioned a piece of legislation that would require the director of the animal division to be a licensed veterinarian.  The bill sponsored by Councilwoman Hazel Erby stems from constituents voicing their concerns about the conditions of the county’s animal shelters and the qualifications and conduct of the current manager, Beth Vesco-Mock.  Erby and others also voiced their concerns about Vesco-Mock, stating that she is not a licensed veterinarian.  […]

Emergency app started in Clayton aims to help teachers, students in crisis situations

A Clayton-based startup company hopes to give the power back to the teachers by giving them the tools to keep their classroom safe. CrisisGo is an app for any smartphone or desktop that allows schools to inform classrooms and its teachers about large-scale emergencies and keep everyone in communication with each other. Some of the features of the app, which launched in 2013, include: providing emergency checklists with actionable instructions to guide individuals through the […]

Erby introduces legislation that would give Corrections Medicine employees a sizable raise

After months of public forum at the St. Louis County Council meetings some St. Louis County employees may finally have their sought out pay raise through Proposition P funds. Councilwoman Hazel Erby on Tuesday introduced legislation that would use Prop P funds to give Corrections Medicine and certain employees at the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services a 10 percent raise. This comes after months of public comment from various St. Louis County Corrections […]

STL Councilmember hopes to give certain Department of Health employees Prop P funds

Councilwoman Hazel Erby on Tuesday introduced legislation that would use Prop P funds to give Corrections Medicine employees at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health a 10 percent raise. Erby’s legislation comes as a response to County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposal to give corrections medicine employees a three percent raise. In addition to the 10 percent raise Erby is proposing, the legislation would also include a two percent raise for every five years service […]

STL County Council to vote on domestic abuse prevention legislation at weekly meeting

The St. Louis County on Tuesday will vote on legislation that would appropriate a grant from the state’s STOP Violence Against Women Program. The legislation which is up for final passage would authorize the county executive to accept a grant of up to $261,020 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety as part of the STOP Violence Against Women Program. According to Missouri’s Department of Public Safety’s website, the STOP Program encourages the development and strengthening […]

St. Louis County Encourages Increased Awareness and Testing on Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

St. Louis County encouraged increased awareness and testing on Women and Girl’s HIV/Aids Awareness Day on Saturday. The day is celebrated annually on March 10 to give people an opportunity to reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS has had on women and girls, and the unique challenges they face. The day also serves as an opportunity to unify in response to the epidemic, increase awareness, celebrate the great strides made in prevention, care, […]

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis to Hold Special Committee Hearing on Airport Oversight

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Ferguson, chair of the Special Committee on Urban Issues, will host a special committee hearing on Monday to discuss two pieces of legislation. The first bill  HB 2745, will establish The St. Louis Airport Oversight Commission consisting of members from cities adjacent to the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. This committee will have the power to review, and possibly veto, any decision from the airport’s governing body that could have a substantial […]

RELEASE: Missouri fire marshal advises changing smoke alarm batteries as clocks ‘spring ahead’ this weekend

Three out of five home fire deaths in the United State occur in properties without working smoke alarms  JEFFERSON CITY – State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is encouraging Missourians to think about fire safety as they “spring ahead” their clocks this weekend. The twice yearly time changes are excellent reminders to change the batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, clocks move ahead one hour for the beginning […]

Saint Louis Zoo agrees on land purchase in St. Louis County

The Saint Louis Zoo Association and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 announced Friday that they have entered into a sale agreement for the union’s 452-acre complex in north St. Louis County for $7.1 million. According to the zoo, the funds were allocated using privately donated funds. The space would be used for the zoo’s continued effort to mission to conserve animals. Jeffrey Bonner, the chief executive officer of the Saint Louis […]