On Tuesday night, the St. Louis County Council approved changes to its purchasing rules that prevent vendors from supplying it with garments made in so-called sweatshops.
Under the new rules sweatshop practices are defined in part as failing to comply with labor laws of the country where the garments were made and exposing workers to toxic chemicals.
Councilman Greg Quinn was the only member to vote against new procedures, saying the language of the ordinance is unclear, especially with regards to overtime pay.
The St. Louis County Council is considering plans to put a zip-line course in Creve Coeur Park.
Some residents, however, are concerned about the proposed location of what's being called a treetop adventure course.
Eileen Buescher of Glendale was pretty fired up Tuesday night when she told the council that putting the zip-line in Creve Coeur Park was a really bad idea.
On Tuesday night the St. Louis County Council gave final approval to put a sales tax initiative on the April ballot that would fund improvements to the Arch grounds, trails and local parks.
About 60 percent of the 3/16-of-a-cent so called “Arch Tax” would go toward sprucing up the Arch grounds and regional trails, the rest would pay for improvements to local parks.
Councilman Mike O’Mara sponsored the measure and says he’s ready to campaign on its behalf.
Lenders in St. Louis County will soon be required to offer mediation to homeowners on the edge of foreclosure.
Councilwoman Hazel Erby, who introduced the new plan, told council members something had to be done to help slow the rate of foreclosures in the county.
“On behalf of the many families who contacted me over the last year and shared their difficult stories about losing their homes,” Erby Said. “I hope they know that this ordinance is in their honor.”
For the second week in a row, residents lined up to tell councilmembers that mandatory mediation would help save homeowners facing foreclosure.
But Councilwoman Hazel Erby, who sponsored the bill, moved to table its final passage at least until next week.
“We’re looking over some things,” Erby said. “We just received some letters, so, we’re taking those into consideration.”
When asked, Erby didn’t specify what additional information needed to be considered.
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