Meeting still taking place but Airport Privatization Consultant Contract is not on Wednesday’s Agenda. Please Continue to Make your voice heard! Contact Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact information at end of post.
2 pm Wednesday, February 21, 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.
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.
Signing the letter were 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.
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. Friday, the Board of Aldermen 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 in to try and find out who wrote the Resolution. “transparency portal” sounds like consultant language to me.
As of Monday night, 2/19, the Board of Aldermen webpage is showing Resolution 220 was approved by Voice Vote on 2/15 (committee vote date) instead of by Roll Call Vote on 2/26.
The Roll Call Vote, per St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann…
18 Ayes: 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, 10th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderwoman Jeffrey Boyd, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd, President Lewis Reed
8 Nays – 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther. 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro
Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman