The next League will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Maplewood City Hall, 7601 Manchester Rd. Map (Directions: from eastbound I-64/Hwy 40, exit at Big Bend Blvd and turn right. Continue south to Manchester Rd. and turn right. City Hall is about 1/4 west on the right side. Parking is in the rear of the building.)
PLEASE NOTE THAT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT 6:30 PM.
Program: The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners has voted to establish a process through which municipalities may enter into a cooperative agreement with the Election Board to conduct candidate filing. This can help reduce confusion and potentially avoid litigation for the Election Board and municipalities.
Eric Fey, Director of Elections, will discuss how this process will be implemented and how municipalities can participate.
At the meeting the membership will be asked to endorse the Report of the Legislative Affairs Committee, which contains the recommended legislative policies for the 2017 session. The Committee Chairman is Mayor Scott Douglass of Clarkson Valley.
The membership will also be asked to endorse a report from the City Re-entry Committee, which recommends that the League support the concept of the re-entry of St. Louis City into the County as the 91st municipality. The Committee believes that the primary purpose of re-entry and other proposals to unify the City and County stems from the desire to enhance the image and potential for the economic growth of the St. Louis region by emphasizing “unity.” Based upon on the committee’s review, they believe there is ample evidence that: (1) the region has lost a significant part of the economic base that sustained it as a major metropolitan area over an extended period of time, (2) there is a need to intelligently utilize the advantages we currently possess to generate economic growth for the region, and (3) the image of the “great divorce” is indeed inhibiting those efforts.
Frontenac Mayor Keith Krieg, the Committee Chairman, will explain why the committee members believe there is an opportunity to achieve internal levels of cooperation and a symbolic and substantive move toward the concept of “unity” by expanding the boundaries of the County to embrace St. Louis City. This would allow the internal cooperative efforts to gain a sense of permanence, but more importantly, it should make a significant statement to the national and international communities that St. Louis is prepared and receptive to economic expansion.
Both of these reports will be emailed or mailed one week in advance of the meeting to allow time to review the proposals.