Lake Saint Louis is mulling over whether to join other St. Charles County municipalities and hire its own state lobbyist.
The city’s Board of Aldermen discussed the issue at a board working session before their regular meeting on Aug. 15, but came to no final decision. Other cities, including St. Peters, O’Fallon and the St. Charles County government, have all used lobbyists as advocates in the Missouri General Assembly.
City Administrator Paul Markworth said a city lobbyist could work on specific issues that would impact the city that other lobbyists – including the Missouri Municipal League, who works with legislators in Jefferson on municipal issues – may not be able to address. Markworth said the city could also try to partner with another municipality on hiring a lobbyist.
A lobbyist also can be expensive. The city of St. Peters recently rehired Strong Consulting, LLC, at a cost of $3,000 a month or $36,000 a year.