Port Authority expansion bill, soccer stadium funding faces aldermanic vote Monday

Port Authority expansion bill, soccer stadium funding faces aldermanic vote Monday

A plan to expand the St. Louis Port Authority — and in the process help fund a Major League Soccer stadium — is among key issues facing city aldermen as they gather Monday for the final meeting of their 2018-2019 session.

Officials in Mayor Lyda Krewson’s administration were contacting aldermen last week to line up support for the measure.

“As we do with all the board bills, there are calls being made,” said Otis Williams, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corp.

But a timing crunch caused by months of delay has created a higher vote-getting hill than usual to climb.

The bill itself needs simple majority approval — 15 votes on the 29-seat Board of Aldermen. But there’s no time left to adhere to an aldermanic rule that the measure be voted on at two separate meetings.

For that rule to be suspended, two-thirds of the aldermen present will have to agree.

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