Legislation that would update St. Louis County’s election process was easily passed at the County Council meeting on Tuesday.
The bill which is sponsored by Councilman Sam Page, 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.
The bill was passed 7-0.
In addition to the election improvements, Page sponsored another bill that was also unanimously passed.
The legislation would update the way the St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s FDA model food code would function.
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.
The bill also passed easily with a 7-0 vote.