Board of Public Service Office of the Secretary

The Office of the Secretary issues permits of behalf of the Board of Public Service.

Board Secretary

Cherise Jones
Secretary, Board of Public Service
(314) 622-4627
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Roles and Responsibilities

The BPS Secretary’s Office is the central administrative office for the Board.  The Secretary Office is located at 1200 Market (City Hall) Room 300 on the third floor.

The Secretary's Office schedules and manages weekly Board meetings, provides the agenda and processes all of the items on the Agenda in compliance with the Sunshine Laws.

Manages the board schedule. Board Meetings are generally held every Tuesday at 1:45 in the Kennedy Room located at 1200 Market (City Hall), Room 208.

The BPS President presides over the weekly meetings of the Board of Public Service.

The Board of Public Service Members consist of:  The President Board of Public Service, The Director of Public Utilities, The Director of Streets, Traffic and Lighting, The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, The Director of Public Safety, The Director of Human Services and the Director of Health and Hospitals.

Agenda Process

Items are received 24 hours in advance to prepare the Agenda for the following week.  The first order of business is taking bids for Letting if scheduled.  (Bids are received on City of St. Louis Projects) these bids are read and the low bidder begins their process of securing the project.

Next on the Agenda are Hearings if scheduled.  The Board holds Hearings on Massage Establishments, Tattoo Establishments, and revocation of Conditional Use, Tree Appeals, Rooming Houses, Hotels and Pool Halls.

Regular Scheduled Business will be next on the Agenda.  The Secretary's Office, Board of Public Service processes applications; issues permits and maintains copies of the documents per the City Ordinances and the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis.  Permits are issued for projects on City property and the Secretary makes sure that the company and/or person has the proper insurance and a notarized letter of acceptance before they care issued a permit.  The Board issues permits for Laclede Gas, AT and T, Extenet, Union Electric, and Charter just to name a few.  The types of items on the Regular Scheduled business section of the Agenda are Supplemental Agreements, Emergency Work Orders, consolidation plats, subdivisions, land dedications, dumps, firework display, festivals, improvements, street name change, manning drones, permits to paint or do any kind of work at the wharf and vacations.  Ordinances are voted on the processed in the Secretary Office.

After the Board Meeting, permits are issued, letters are generated and items are faxed or mailed to the applicant.  Minutes are generated concerning the action of the Board Members.  The Minutes are edited and sent to Multigraph to be published within 2 business days.

Applications are developed in the Secretary's Office and step by step instructions is given to the applicant along with the application and a copy of the ordinance on massage establishments, tattoo establishments, bed and breakfast, photography studio, open air markets and special residential uses.

The Secretary’s Office is responsible for creating a permanent record of each Board Meeting and is the custodian of all documents that pass through the Board.

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