The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday passed a bill that would appropriate the salaries of personnel at a domestic abuse shelter in the county.
The legislation was unanimously passed 6-0, with Councilwoman Hazel Erby being absent. The bill would appropriate $46,195.61 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety to hire more employees at the shelter.
The appropriated money would be used to retain one full-time case worker and one clinical social worker who will provide or coordinate direct care for women and children Kathy J. Weinman Shelter, for a period of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31.
The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter, is a shelter located in St. Louis County that features 39 beds and a domestic violence program to help and assist abused women and their children.
Also on Tuesday, Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray introduced a bill that would propose a county-wide sales tax to provide funding for the Saint Louis Zoo.
If passed, the bill would be placed on the ballot of the Nov. 6 election as a proposal to impose a county-wide sales tax of one-eighth of one percent to provide funding for the management and care of animals and other zoological activities and zoological facilities of the Saint Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict.
In March, the Saint Louis Zoo and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 announced that they 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 Zoo, said the space will help provide needed care to animals and the parcel of land is exactly what was needed to help fulfill their mission.
“We have long desired an expanded land area to provide the best possible care for animals, especially a place where we can focus on conservation breeding efforts with endangered animals and those that are at risk,” Bonner said in a written statement. “There are very few parcels of land in the metropolitan area that could meet this need and we are grateful to have entered into this agreement with Local 562. The property offers great terrain, perimeter fencing, utilities, lakes, good buffers surrounding and existing buildings.”