Change in the STL County Council starting time? Could be heard at council’s weekly meeting

The next St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday will focus on perfecting previous bills such as changing the meeting’s start time along with improving the county’s election process and FDA food code regulations.

Councilman Harder

Since last year, Councilman Mark Harder has tried to pass legislation that would move the County Council’s weekly meeting’s starting time from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Harder last week re-introduced the bill and hopes it will receive support from his fellow councilmembers. This week the bill is heard on the second reading phase of the council agenda.

The councilman said that residents from outlying regions of the county struggle to make the regularly scheduled meetings and that they wanted a chance to express their concerns during the council’s public forum.

“This is a bill that I brought up last year and thought I would bring it up in the new year,” Harder said. “We’ve had a number of constituents that have come to the meeting asking for a later meeting time. I think that would more time for people from the greater distances to get here on time, and park and be able to register to speak.”

Additionally, two bills from Councilman Sam Page are also in the second reading phase.

One of Page’s bills would accept and appropriate a grant for $20,000 from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for completion of a New Food Code Implementation Project to efficiently manage the environmental health programs of regulated facilities by adopting the most updated food code. 

According to the FDA’s website, the food code “a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes).”

The legislation would also subcontract with Accela Inc. in order to upgrade the county’s current system at a cost of $10,000. 

Page’s other bill would allow St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger to accept a grant of $170,000 to make improvements on to the county’s election process.

The legislation hopes to improve the way the county handles elections by hiring temporary personnel for specified projects, purchase of equipment and supplies for polling place improvements, performing routine list maintenance to update voter record status, maintenance and programming cost for voting equipment, purchasing certified voting equipment and replacement parts and improving polling place accessibility.

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