St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Greg Carter remembered
10:19 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Family, friends, colleagues say goodbye to Gregory Carter

Ald. Freeman Bosley (foreground, white shirt) is among the mourners who lit candles Thursday night to honor Ald. Gregory Carter, who died Aug. 1 in a traffic accident.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Family, friends and colleagues gathered outside the brick headquarters of the 27th Ward Thursday night to remember the man who had represented the area for the last 13 years.

Ald. Gregory Carter was killed Aug. 1 when the UPS tractor trailer he was driving was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in St. Charles County. He was 54, and leaves behind a wife and two children, as well as two brothers, a sister, and his father.

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Lambert Airport
8:55 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Retail makeover could be coming soon to Lambert

Passengers line up to move through security in Lambert's Terminal 1.
St. Louis Public Radio photo

Management at Lambert Airport has signed off on an agreement with the Hudson Group to offer travelers a new lineup of retail stores.

If the St. Louis Board of Alderman green lights the deal, Hudson Group will take over 14 locations, boosting the total number of shops by three.    

Proposed new retail concepts range from one focused on St. Louis sports teams to an Eddie Bauer clothing shop. 

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the deal will also bring in guaranteed extra revenue.

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Firefighter pensions
2:54 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Legislative saga over firefighter pensions should end on Friday

Current and retired firefighters watch the Board of Aldermen debate reforms to their pension system on April 16, 2012. The measure should pass the Board on Friday.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

After five months of debate, major reforms to the pensions for firefighters in St. Louis City are about to become law.

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Ballpark Village
2:37 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Ballpark Village incentives a step closer to reality

The site of Ballpark Village as pictured on January 14, 2011. Subsidies for a new version of the project got initial approval today from the Board of Aldermen.

Subsidies for a scaled-back Ballpark Village continued their march toward completion at the Board of Aldermen today - a day after getting the nod from a city development agency.

The $17 million in tax incentives got initial approval from the board today. It still needs one more vote from the Board, and then approval by the state. That meeting appears to be scheduled for July 17.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
12:49 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

St. Louis Board of Aldermen votes to halve its numbers

Outside St. Louis' City Hall.

Updated with quotes from sponsor Phyllis Young.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted today to reduce its numbers by more than half, but city voters will have the final say.

Today's vote passed 21-7 - an expected result, as it cleared a procedural hurdle June 29 with 19 votes.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:11 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Bill to halve St. Louis Board of Aldermen moves forward

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen debate on June 29, 2012.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A measure to cut the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in half moved a step closer to reality at City Hall today.

The bill cleared a procedural hurdle with more than enough votes to eventually approve the legislation.

South city alderman Steve Conway supports the cut. He says he understands that some of his colleagues prefer smaller wards because it's easier to provide hands-on service.

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Aldermanic cuts
12:08 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bill to halve size of St. Louis Board of Aldermen clears committee

A measure that would reduce the size of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has cleared committee, but still needs approval from the full board and then the voters.

A bill that would cut the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in half has cleared the first of several hurdles it faces before becoming law.

The board’s legislation committee approved the bill by a vote of 7-1. It still needs the thumbs-up from the entire Board, and then from 60 percent of the voters in November.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

St. Louis firefighter pension reform bill stalls in committee

A vote on Alderman Craig Schmid's firefighter pension reform bill was postponed in the Public Safety Committee Thursday.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The bulk of Mayor Francis Slay’s firefighter pension reform bill stalled today in the St. Louis Board of Alderman’s Public Safety Committee.

The committee passed a provision barring trustees of the Firemen’s Retirement System from suing the city over the design or benefits of the pension plan. But the committee postponed voting on major reforms that would make firefighters to pay more into the system and prevent retirement until age 55.

Alderman Larry Arnowitz says he’s certain if reform passes, firefighters will fight the changes in court.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
4:10 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

St. Louis Board of Aldermen mulls halving its numbers

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen's Legislation Committee meets to discuss cutting the number of aldermen on the board from 28 to 12.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The size of St. Louis's ward districts could more than double under a proposal moving through the Board of Alderman's Legislation Committee this week.

Members discussed a bill today that would eliminate about half of the city's aldermanic seats - from the current 28 down to 12.

Alderman Scott Ogilvie supports the change but says the board must consider how the duties of aldermen would be affected. 

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
3:48 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Alderwoman renews call to cut board numbers

St. Louis Alderwoman Phyllis Young introduced a bill Friday to reduce the size of the board from 28 to 12.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Alderwoman Phyllis Young is sponsoring a bill to cut the size of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen by more than half. Similar proposals have failed over the decades, but Young says this is the first time the call comes from inside the Board itself.

The bill so far has the support of 11 of the 15 aldermen needed to pass.Young says in addition to saving money, cutting the board from 28 to 12 will better reflect the city’s changing population.

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