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Board of Aldermen announces coronavirus plans

CITY HALL – During the coronavirus pandemic, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is suspending all meetings and committee hearings effective immediately, Board President Lewis Reed has announced.

“We are taking the CDC COVID-19 guidelines seriously. This plan is being done for the safety of the public at large. Thank you for your understanding and patience,” Reed said in a news release. 

The plan will be reevaluated on April 1. The board already has been on its spring break. The last meeting of the 2019-2020 session was scheduled for April 20 and the first meeting of the 2020-2021 session for April 21.

The Board of Aldermen has limited the hours of its meetings. Those who need to call an alderman or staff member should call 314-622-3287 and leave a message. Someone will check the messages once an hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All employees can access their emails. Necessary employees can access their computers remotely.

In an emergency, call 314-589-6845 or 314-589-6909. People can reach the Board of Aldermen by email at

To email an alderman, go to and click the name of the person you want to reach. After a new page comes up, follow the instructions under “Contact info” on the left side.

Updates and official notifications will be posted on the Board of Aldermen webpage at 


Jim Merkel Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit

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