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Board of Aldermen will meet remotely, under public’s eye

CITY HALL – The Board of Aldermen has settled on a way to hold its meetings remotely during the coronavirus pandemic and still satisfy the requirements of the Sunshine Law as well as state law and the city charter.

Beginning Monday, April 20, all board meetings and committee meetings will be held virtually by Zoom virtual conference. All of the meetings will be accessible to the public online on YouTube, the city’s website and by phone. They’ll also continue to be recorded and uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel.

“During this health crisis, we need the Board to be able to meet, appropriate necessary funds and take other actions to ensure that governmental operations can continue,” Board of Aldermen President Reed said Tuesday in a statement on the city’s website.

Reed added: “For the safety of our staff, members of the Board and the public, it’s important we maintain the orders set forward by the State, City and CDC regarding social distancing and staying home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.” Also for safety, the board will continue to have limited staffed office hours.

Residents who need to get in contact with staff or an aldermen can email the person or call 314-622-3287 and leave a message; messages will be checked hourly, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

In case of emergency, call 314-589-6845 or 314-589-6909, the city says. Residents can also reach the Board of Aldermen by e-mail at

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