A new group called Better Together will launch a 16-month series of public input sessions to discuss the city and county’s fractured governmental structure and seek input on ways to improve it. A 1 p.m. press conference is scheduled for today at the Cheshire Inn, a property that straddles the city-county line. The event will feature Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley and former Ambassador George Herbert Walker.

“Better Together was born in response to growing public interest in addressing the fragmented nature of local government throughout St. Louis City and County, which dates back to 1876, when St. Louis City broke away from St. Louis County,” Walker said in a statement. “We are not putting forth, nor advocating for a specific plan. Rather, our role is to act as facilitator, a resource for information and new data.”

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