STL Co. Council approves $1M for Ferguson

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Relief is coming to residents and business owners in the Ferguson area.

Tuesday night, the St. Louis County Council passed a bill giving $1 million to the residents affected by the fallout in Ferguson.

There is no timeline or other details about how the $1 million will be handed out.

The money is coming out of the county's emergency fund, and we are still waiting to hear how much if any money will come from the state or federal level.

Life on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson has been unprecedented since the shooting of Michael Brown and the rioting and looting that followed.

"We are trying to do it as fast as we can, because every day is a need for that community," says County Councilmember Mike O'Mara of District 4.

His district sits next to Ferguson, and he says they've asked for state and federal help, but so far no word.

"We know what it is for a natural disaster, but this is another particular case that has come up and hopefully we can get some assistance from those authorities," he says.

"I have been closed for 17 days because the command center has taken over my business," says Chantelle Nickson-Clark who owns Swish bar and grill in the Buzz West Fall Shopping Center.

That's where police have been stationed for weeks.

She says she has had to shut her doors and throw out most of her food.

"I am asking the county, and I am asking the state to step up and help me, step up and help me," she says.

"There's a separate initiative to get money for the businesses," says County council chairperson and Hazel Erby.

The county council says hurt business owners will receive help.

The Governor's office is expected to make an announcement this week.

We don't know how much money will be given to businesses, but we did learn that there is one direct phone number to call if you are a business owner who needs help. That number is 314-206-3235.


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