Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, joined by Alderman Tom Oldenburg (16), Chairman of the Public Service Council Rich Bradley and Director of Streets Betherny Williams, signed the infrastructure bill into law of St. Louis, an $86 million investment to repave main streets, cut trees, maintain the city’s recreation centers, provide additional lighting and continue improvements to the city’s justice center. city.
“From fixing our roads to fixing our recreation centers, the St. Louis infrastructure bill will help the city provide essential services to St. Louis residents,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “I am grateful to the members of the College of Aldermen, especially Ald. Tom Oldenburg, for working together to get this bill across the finish line. As we continue to schedule our first installment of the US bailout, we continue to engage the community around the second $250 million.
“This bill represents a good day for local government and citizens. Investing in our city’s infrastructure is long overdue and an excellent use of ARPA funds,” said Ald. Tom Oldenburg.
After the bill was signed, Mayor Jones hosted a roundtable with community leaders about the remaining $250 million in US federal bailout funding heading to the city. Discussing how St. Louis can seize this unique opportunity to support working families and young people, attendees will talk about how they see COVID-19 impacting their communities, personal experiences, and discussing solutions for the next generation.
“Many families struggle to get what they need,” said Kim Harris, a beneficiary of St. Louis’ Direct Cash Assistance program. “As a single mom, my kids are my biggest priority, and this program has helped pay utility bills and buy food for my family.”
Today’s roundtable was the second in a series, with two town halls scheduled for later this month: May 11, 6-8 p.m., at O’Fallon Elementary School. Nearly 4,000 have been submitted so far, with May 20 being the last day to submit.