St. Louis Board of Aldermen

St. Louis Budget
4:37 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

St. Louis city budget approved by aldermen

St. Louis City Hall.
(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

EMS billing will be outsourced, and overtime for firefighters and jail guards has been cut under a budget approved Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

The money the city hopes to save by outsourcing helped aldermen restore funds for bulk trash pick-up, crime prevention and building demolition.

But it was $500,000 that wasn't restored to the Affordable Housing Commission that drew the lone no vote from Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett.

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St. Louis City redistricting
1:36 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

St. Louis Board of Aldermen takes first step in city ward redistricting

City aldermen, including Craig Schmid, Shane Cohn, and Marlene Davis, survey the proposed new wards in the city of St. Louis. The map cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, getting unanimous committee approval.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A unanimous vote today by the legislation committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen kicked off the public part of the city's redistricting process.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
4:15 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

St. Louis Board of Aldermen honors Heitert, Villa

Mentioned from left to right, St. Louis Board of Alderman majority leader Fred Wessels honors former 12th Ward Alderman Fred Heitert. They are joined by Heitert's wife, Maryann, and board president Lewis Reed.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

"The last elected GOP official has left the building.‚ÄĚ

That's how Aldermen Fred Heitert concluded his remarks at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen this morning as his colleagues paid tribute to his 32 years of service.

Heitert was one of two incumbents to lose re-election bids this cycle.

He was the longest-serving member of the current board, and was ousted six years short of having the longest aldermanic career.

His colleagues who rose in tribute spoke of his wisdom, and the fact that he always paid attention.

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New aldermen
2:37 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

New aldermen take seats at City Hall

Scott Ogilvie (seated, foreground) is the new alderman for St. Louis' 24th Ward. He’s sitting with Joe Vaccaro, St. Louis' 23rd Ward alderman.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Larry Arnowitz knew his campaign against Fred Heitert was a long-shot at best. After all, Heitert had served the 12th Ward on the city’s southwest side since 1979, winning eight elections as a Republican without the benefit of a Republican voting base. (He lost that in the 1981 redistricting, when the other Republican poached it.

But during his years as a city employee, Arnowitz got to meet Albert "Red" Villa, the longest-serving alderman in St. Louis history. He also served as a deputy sheriff at the pleasure of Red's son Tom, when Tom was the Board president. (The two will serve together on the board for the next two years. Tom is filling the seat of his nephew Matt, who resigned to focus on expanding Villa Lighting, the family business.)

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Municipal elections
11:59 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Another incumbent out at City Hall

Both Prop. E and Ald. Joe Vollmer won big in Tuesday night's election. But Ald. Fred Heitert will not return to City Hall.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Another incumbent alderman has lost his seat at City Hall.

Fred Heitert, a 32-year members of the Board of Aldermen and for many years its only Republican, lost his re-election bid by 48 votes to Democrat Larry Arnowitz, a longtime city employee.

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City primaries
7:38 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Upset in 24th Ward primary; voter turnout below 7 percent

St. Louis City Hall
(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

Updated at 12:30 p.m. Wed. with correct percentages

Updated with final unofficial results at 10:30 p.m.

A former St. Louis alderman who was recalled from office in 2005 over his support for controversial development projects in his south city ward seems poised to take his old seat back in April.

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