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2 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Board Room (200)
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda (E&A usually does not post Agenda until 2 pm Tuesday before Wednesday meeting)
The Agenda, when posted around 2 pm Tuesday, will likely not mention Airport Privatization Consultant Contract.
If posted like any other contract brought to E&A, it will be included under a generic “Approval of Contracts” Agenda item. The Agenda item will reference an Exhibit. The Exhibits are never attached to the Agendas posted online.
Unless Mayor Lyda Krewson says it is happening, we might not know until the meeting.
The Mayor has chosen a Rex Sinquefield affiliated consultant for the project. At least one of the two other members of Board of E&A- Comptroller or Board President- must vote with the Mayor in order for the contract to be approved.
January 30th, 18 Members of the Board of Aldermen signed a letter asking that Mayor Krewson not hire the Sinquefield group because of conflicts of interest.
The Mayor needs 15 aldermen to vote with her on a final privatization deal, so the 18 dissenting aldermen on the consultant issue appeared to spell trouble for privatization.
But something happened. The Board of Aldermen then adopted Resolution 220 that, among other things, turns over transparency on the Airport Privatization process to the consultants.
“The consultants will provide a transparency portal accessible to all members of the general public through link to the City of St. Louis Website, that will offer easily understood explanation of facts related to the APPP and comprehensive and timely reporting of the due diligence activities under way on behalf of the city. Such portal will in every possible case provide access to documents, contracts, reports, meeting minutes and other materials so that any member of the public may at any time review the activities of the city with respect to the APPP”
I have a Sunshine request (made February 19th) to try and find out who wrote that Resolution. “transparency portal” sounds like consultant language to me. Thursday is the due date for City Counselor to tell me how much the City is charging to sort through an alderwoman’s emails to find all incoming emails relating to airport privatization. Happy Sunshine Open Records & Meetings Week to us!
Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here
You can submit Comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here
You can view currently posted Comments to the FAA here
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman