Ordinances by Alderman Bill Stephens
Ordinances introduced, authored, and co-authored by this alderman
Establishing a City Charter Commission
The bill proposes an amendment to the City’s Charter that would establish a Charter Commission to consider and recommend amendments and revisions to the voters on a decennial basis following the census or upon initiative by the qualified voters of the City as provided in the bill.
Street Humps various Blocks 12th Ward
Pursuant to Ordinance Number 70333 as amended by Ordinance Number 71394, the proposed bill directs the Director of Streets to install speed humps to calm the flow of traffic on the 5700 block of Milentz Ave between the intersections of Milentz Ave and Hampton Ave and Milentz Ave and Macklind Ave, 3800 and 3900 blocks of Louis Ave between the intersection of Louis Ave and Sharp Ave and Louis Ave and Upton Street, and the 7300 block of Field Ave between the intersections of Field Ave and Germania and Field Ave and Loughborough Ave.
Benjamin Polson Way
The proposed bill authorizes the honorary street name Benjamin Polson Way pursuant to Ordinance 68937. Benjamin Polson Way will begin at the intersection of Shawmut Place and Ridge Avenue and run north on Shawmut Place to the intersection of Shawmut Place and North Wells Avenue.
Zoning Change 4854 Germania Street and 7360 Gravois Avenue
An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission on February 9, 2022, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map, from the “A” Single-Family Dwelling District to the “F” Neighborhood Commercial District, in City Block 4696 (4854 Germania Street and 7360 Gravois Avenue), so as to include the described parcels of land in City Block 4696; and containing an emergency clause.
Salaries of Certain St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners
The bill relates to the appointment salaries of certain St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners (“Election Board”) employees, pursuant to §§ 115.049 and 115.045 RSMo. The bill allocates certain other employees to a grade with rate.
General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds
This Board Bill seeks to authorize submission to qualified electors a proposal for the issuance of up to fifty million ($50,000,000) of general obligation public improvement bonds. Utilizing the current property tax levy, there will be no tax increase. With an election due to be scheduled for a redistricting ballot measure in April 2022 there are no additional costs associated with this bill. If approved, funds raised from the subsequent issuance would be available to use for the following purposes: (1) resurfacing arterial streets and bridges, (2) design and construction of a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) a new state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center combining Police, Fire, EMS, CEMA, and Citizen Service Bureau (3) design and construction of pedestrian and bicycle transportation facilities, (4) maintaining the safety and security of the jails and improving public safety (5) providing match share funds, where applicable and necessary, to utilize funds made available under the American Recuse Plan Act of 2021 and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 in furtherance of any of the cited projects herein and, (6) replacing, improving, renovating and maintaining buildings, bridges, and equipment of the City of St. Louis including neighborhood recreation centers and fire houses, and (7) for expenses associated with the issuance of the bonds. The City’s backlog of unmet infrastructure needs greatly exceed the amount of federal assistance expected by the City in the near future. These funds will enhance the City’s ability to provide matching grant funds to apply for competitive grants and offer the opportunity to begin design work in advance of future federal assistance and secure materials in an effort to mitigate project delays due to supply chain issues.
Department of Human Services (“DHS”) Grant
The purpose of this bill is to authorize the City of St. Louis, by and through the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), to accept a grant award from Washington University, Health Communication Research Laboratory, in the amount of $30,000.00 to cover expenses incurred in the Calling Older adult/disabled Participants to Ensure access to vaccines (COPE) program. DHS, through its St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA) division, currently provides Home Delivered Meals to over 2,000 clients. Through COPE, each client will be called to ask about the services they receive, ask if they have been vaccinated, and if not, they will be asked if they would like to be added to the homebound vaccination program. COPE will assist recipients of the Home Delivered Meals with access to vaccines through the homebound vaccination program, providing transportation to vaccine clinics, or following-up with clients regarding vaccine questions. COPE will assist Washington University to fulfill agreements with the National Institutes of Health in getting people connected with the vaccine.
Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia
The proposed bill would repeal Ordinance Numbers 66419, 68404 and 69429, which pertain to the possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The bill would also update local enforcement priorities, and probable cause and reasonable suspicion standards, and disciplinary standards to harmonize City policy with Article XIV of the Missouri State Constitution.
Electric Vehicles for Senior Services Grant
The purpose of this bill is to authorize the City of St. Louis, by and through the Division of Human Services (“DHS”), accept a grant award from FORTH in the amount $60,000.00 to cover transportation costs and expenses serving senior citizens in St. Louis through contracting the use of electric vehicles with Northside Senior Center and City Seniors Center from 2021 to 2023. Bill will assist FORTH in fulfilling contractual requirements under its United States Dept. of Energy (DOE) funded project. This bill authorizes the Director of DHS to accept and approve the appropriation to expend grant funds for the purposes and uses to assist with supporting the use of Electric Vehicles to deliver meals and provide transportation services to senior citizens in St. Louis. FORTH will provide funds to purchase/lease the electric vehicles and cover the cost to install electric charging stations for vehicles used by Northside Senior Center and City Seniors Center. Through the use of electric vehicles, Senior St. Louisans who rely on services from contracting organizations will have access to transportation that will assist in providing meals and transportation for daily errands and appointments.
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