Lewis Reed fought corporate interests when he stopped the takeover of our water department by a French corporation. Lewis believes the quality of our water is to be protected for the good of the citizens who live here.
As President of the Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed has adjusted legislation to add millions of dollars to fund repairs and upgrades to our recreation centers. Lewis knows that children need places to go where they can be involved in positive activities
Lewis Reed appointed one of the three members of the Special Administrative Board. Lewis worked closely with his appointee, Richard Gaines, as Mr. Gaines engineered the comprehensive plan that gained our public schools accreditation. Lewis chose Richard because he had the necessary experience and will to turn our school district around.
Lewis Reed sponsored legislation that added $2 Million per year in funding for much needed senior citizens services including meals on wheels and health care services.
In 2008, Lewis established a million dollar per year youth crime prevention fund to provide funding for youth service programs. The fund has provided over $8 million dollars to help enrich the lives of youth all across this city. Organizations funded have included after school programs, art programs, life skills programs, and many more.
In 2004, Lewis Reed worked with animal rights and advocacy groups to establish, for the city of St. Louis, rules and regulations to allow for 'dog exercise areas' in existing parks. The resulting ordinance established the first dog parks in the city of St. Louis and paved the way for other alderpersons and community groups to designate areas for dog parks.
Back in 2005 Lewis worked with then Congressman Russ Carnahan, being long-time friends and cyclists, to establish Bike St. Louis. Lewis felt it was time to create a way to connect the parks in the City for cyclists and to provide safe and environmentally friendly commuter route options. Lewis also believes that seeing people enjoying outdoor activity, such as cycling, throughout a neighborhood gives a positive vibe to residents and visitors.