St. Louis Boroughs

I've been talking with friends recently more and more about, okay, so how exactly do we split the county and add in the city? I decided to give it a go, and I can see why there are a lot of naysayers. It was tough. Now, be warned, I did not have a population map in front of me. I tried to roughly put an equal amount of people in each borough (which I've given corny names!), and I also tried to keep neighborhoods together, except in North St. Louis where I deliberately did some splicing. My idea would be this: - 7 boroughs, each with 3 elected representatives on the county board, for a total of 21 board members. - 5 at large board members that would be elected by either all the boroughs or would be elected by 1-3-4, 2-6, and 5-7. - 1 chairman that would be voted on in all of the boroughs. He or she would only vote in tie-breaking situations but would set agenda (much like a Speaker). - Total of 26 voting members. I wish I had a much cleaner map to post, but, like I said, this is just a rough sketch of how I would envision reunification. I also have the idea that 1-3-4, 5-7, and 2-6 would share services such as courts, police and fire, etc. Here's the map: http://imgur.com/01FBcam - Derrick

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    commented on St. Louis Boroughs 2016-05-14 10:51:12 -0500
    The link was broken. Here’s the new link: https://imgur.com/a/3QEsc

    Geography is the reason for the groupings. The groupings would be mostly for basic government services; so it wouldn’t make sense for someone from Affton to have to drive to Maryland Heights to go to the courthouse. It wouldn’t make sense to have Ladue and Bridgeton in the same fire district. That’s the only reason for the grouping.

    That at-large board members would have the same powers, yes. The reason I like the at-large members is because I think that we should have some regional representation, meaning that the elected officials who represent the county cannot just pander to a local issue. Obviously, some the issues that affect Ferguson are different than those that affect Mehville. But there are common issues that unite the region, and there should be officials that have to represent both Ferguson and Mehville.
    commented on St. Louis Boroughs 2016-05-13 15:48:53 -0500
    Hi Derek! I’m not able to view that link – not sure if it’s a problem on my end or yours. I’m guessing it has something to do with population or geography, but is there a reason you group 1-3-4, 5-7, and 2-6 together?

    Also out of curiosity, in your model would the at large board members have the same powers as the individual borough board members?
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    posted about St. Louis Boroughs on Facebook 2016-05-12 18:14:51 -0500
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