Messenger: Historic merger on tap in county despite Stenger inaction

Rick Dorsey fiddled with the old-fashioned tape recorder sitting in front of him in the eighth-floor conference room of the Lawrence K. Roos County Government Building. He wondered aloud if he still could operate such ancient technology as his fellow members of the Boundary Commission made small talk.

It was a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and five commissioners were in the room, one short of the quorum needed to conduct a meeting.

“I move we approve a merger between the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County,” joked commissioner Ben Uchitelle. A few minutes later, commissioner Kathleen Schweitzer walked in and the quorum was established.

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Starting next month, another nonprofit called St. Louis Strong is planning community roundtable discussions across the region to build on Better Together’s work and discuss potential solutions to the region’s government divisions, including possible mergers of cities.

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