Tuesday Illegal Meeting On Funding Money Pit Downtown Steam System

yTkejEGTEThis meeting does not have the Missouri Sunshine Law required 24 Hours Meeting Notice on agency’s website.* It is a 1/2 hour shy of the 24 Hours. However, the “accessibility” portion of the Notice says you should contact them 2 Days prior for accommodations. How would, for example, someone who is deaf, request someone to sign the meeting 2 Days in advance for a meeting publicized less than 1 Day in advance?

8 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Clean Energy Development Board
Special Teleconference Board Meeting
SLDC Board Room, 2nd Floor
1520 Market Street, Suite 2000, City Hall West
Open to the Public. It’s a meeting by phone. Of course it is.

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda*
Agenda includes

#2 Resolution authorizing temporary disconnection or stoppage of the Downtown Steam Distribution System for the purpose of installing qualifying improvements under the PACE Act. Could be about the Steam System heating up manholes to over 200 degrees. A kid got burned at Kiener Plaza. That’s why there are barricades around manholes on sidewalks Downtown.

#3 Resolution approving a project for Ashley Energy. There is no information available online for the project. Of course there isn’t.

#4 Resolution to issue special assessment bonds to fund the Ashley Energy project. Ashley Energy is the company that runs the Steam System. Last year, the City bought out Trigen/Veolia and then cut a deal with Ashley. 

The Ashley Street Power House is a City Landmark.

This Steam System is leaking customers and City Hall has itself to blame for providing developers with incentives to put in their own heating systems. Now the City wants to require Downtown developers to use the System as a condition of incentives.

This session’s legislation to require developments to use the Steam System in order to get incentives is Board Bill 24 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar. 


Tuesday BOA Meeting @ Airport With Tour Should Be Open To Public

TransportationThis will be the first meeting of the BOA Transportation Committee following the approval of the contract with the Rex Sinquefield connected consultant on privatization. I believe there will be members of the public who will attend or attempt to attend this public meeting.

Seems to be some difference of opinion about Tuesday’s meeting of the BOA Transportation Committee at Lambert Airport. The Agenda clearly states “Briefing by the FAA and by the Union officials representing Airport Authority employees, followed by an Airport tour.”

BOA Committee meetings are public meetings. They can only be closed with prior notice identifying the specific exemption from Missouri Sunshine Law that applies- such as hiring, firing, disciplining employees, or trade secrets.

A spokesman for Lambert, however, says the airport tour is not open to the public.

I have never heard of one government agency closing the meeting of another government body from the public.

10 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Transportation & Commerce Committee
Lindbergh Conference Room
Ticketing Level of Terminal 1, near Entry #2
Open to the Public (or should be)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary Feed

Members of the BOA Transportation Committee include: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook (elected Nov. 7. 2017); 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

7th Ward Endorsement Voting Underway

wakeupamericaYou should have received the link to Ballot #2 (Polldaddy again). If not contact Marie at 314-630-7599)

Your ballot is due by 9 pm Tuesday, June 19th. As always you have an option to vote No Endorsement in Primary or Undecided.

Please review the 7th Ward Survey responses:
79th District State Rep. Candidates 
License Collector Candidates
Recorder of Deeds Candidates

Some issues to be aware of, Committeewoman Marie Ceselski has blogged on a candidate for Recorder of Deeds who did not participate in our Survey and our June 10th Candidate Forum.
Why Does Michael Butler Want You To Pay More For Birth Certificates?
Michael Butler Will Give Out Your Social Security Number

Thank you to everyone who participated in Ballot #1. All the endorsed candidates received at least 61%.
U.S. Senator: Re-Elect Claire McCaskill
State Auditor: Elect Nicole Galloway (unanimous)
Prop A: Vote No On Right To Work For Less (unanimous)
1st District U.S. House: Elect Cori Bush
78th District Missouri House: Re-Elect Bruce Franks Jr. (unanimous)
Collector of Revenue: Re-Elect Gregory F.X. Daly

After Ballot #2, we still need to vote on the GO Bond Issue. We’re trying to set up a forum on that or at very least get Pro and Con essays to share with you before the endorsement vote.


Volunteers Needed For June 30th Voter Registration Booth

register-to-vote7th Ward Independent Democrats will be hosting a Voter Registration Booth on Saturday, June 30th at Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th, during the Soulardwide Yard Sale (Nadine’s is where people will pick up map) and Soulard Art in the Garden Tour (begins/ends at Soulard Station same block as Nadine’s).

We’ll also be offering assistance on Voter Photo IDs and Free Lemonade (or Iced Tea, not sure yet).

Volunteer Shifts will be 7-9 am, 9 am to Noon, Noon to 3 pm. Please contact Marie 314-630-7599 to volunteer.

We’re putting out some extra notice on this since that day is also a 7th Ward canvass day and people have already committed to that.

Wednesday E&A: Airport Privatization Consultant Contract Vote ???

rexcMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman and Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President)
Mayor’s Office Room 200
City Hall, 1200 Market

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda

Last month, the “Committee For Airport Advisory Services In The Potential Lease Of St. Louis Lambert International Airport” approved the contract for consultant services with ties to Rex Sinquefield. The contract still needs 2 of 3 votes on E&A.

The contract is on the Agenda as is the controversial Atalian Global janitorial services at Lambert Airport contract.

5/2/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchSt. Louis airport commission awards janitorial contract over union’s objections

5/6/2018 St. Louis American: Lambert janitors oppose vendor awarded contract; E&A to decide on June 13
E&ADeferredFor information on what happened at the last E&A meeting, where it was assumed the contract would be ratified but a stalemate happened, see…

Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed

Read the 52 Comments to Federation Aviation Administration on Lambert Airport Privatization (APPP) here

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Members of Board of Aldermen

Wednesday BOA Meeting: Status of Developer Incentives & Developments

yTkejEGTE9 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Neighborhood Development Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

“Discussion and updates regarding the Northside Regeneration Project, SLDC, staff from the Mayor’s Office and other City government offices with knowledge of the current status of projects in the redevelopment area, blighting studies, tax abatements and incentives, building redevelopment area, and building violations and related violations are requested by the Chairman to appear before the Committee for questioning.”

Today’s announcement certainly will make Wednesday’s meeting even more interesting.

6/12/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis wants to cut ties with Northside developer Paul McKee  

6/12/2018 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis looks to scrap development deal with McKee

Previously 5/12/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Aldermen may hold hearings, call for criminal investigation of McKee deals

Members of the Neighborhood Development Committee include: Chair/25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President