Wednesday BOA Hearing: $50 Million Bond Issue (August Election)

yTkejEGTEMake you voice heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
9 am Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Website Calendar Notice

Board Bill 240 by 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson and 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg to place a $50 Million Bond Issue on the August 7, 2018, Ballot.

Proposed Projects:
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Ways & Means Committee Members: 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williams, Chair; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L. Moore; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Aldermen and Board President

Sunday 5th & 7th Wards Meeting Downtown

5th7thhappyhour2-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington
RSVP ward7stl@aol.com

Sponsored by
5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Independent Democrats

Agenda:

Legislative Updates from
78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.
79th District State Rep. Michael Butler

Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly will give a report on the recent City Hall DMV controversy

School Board President Susan Jones will discuss this week’s decisions to support return of SLPS governance to the elected school board

SLMPD 4th District Captain Renee Kriesmann will update on crime and crime prevention

Discussion on August 7th $50 Million GO Bond Ballot Issue

Discussion on Charter Amendment to Repeal City Residency Rule

Food Collection for our Brothers & Sisters on Strike at Christian Care Home. https://labortribune.com/seiu-healthcare-workers-at-christian-care-home-forced-to-strike-over-unfair-labor-practices-managements-refusal-to-negotiate-in-good-faith/

Sign the Audit St. Louis Petition at this event if you have not already done so.

Register to Vote at this event.

Cash Bar
Attendance Prizes – Some great gift cards

This event is in lieu of Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour which is unnecessary because we already won!

$50 Million Bond Issue Proposal Heads to Board of Aldermen

yTkejEGTEWe will discuss this at Sunday’s 5th & 7th Wards Meeting.

Make Your Voices Heard. Contact your Alderman and Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post.

Comptroller Darlene Green previously called for a vote on a $50 Million GO bond issue.

Step one in the process is the City Capital Committee. It met twice, neither attended by any Media, and produced the following line items for a 2018 election on a $50 Million GO Bond ballot issue:

$1 Million of the proposed $50 Million Bond Issue would go for the cost of issuance.

Fire Department
$   192,000 for 4 Command Vehicles
$   125,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Air)
$   209,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Fuel)
$1,300,000 for 100′ Aerial Platform
$1,250,000 for 5 Ambulances (Med Duty)
$8,440,000 for 8 Pumpers w/ 75′ Ladder (down from proposed 9 @ $9,495,000)
$2,400,000 for 4 Pumpers (up from proposed 2 @ $1,600,000)
$     70,000 for 1 Fire Investigation Unit Vehicle
$     60,000 for 1 Service Truck
$     60,000 for 1 Tire Truck
(Deleted- $250,000 for a Foam/Chemical Truck)
$1,105,000 for Fire Station Roofs
$   592,000 for Fire Station Generators

Police Department
$6,500,000 for Radio Equipment (placeholder amount- SLMPD radio vendor- Motorola- informed City late 2017 that it would be discontinuing service & parts supply for the units in 2018.)
$1,300,000 for Property Custody/SWAT HQ (that stands out because the 2015 GO Bond had $2,100,00 earmarked to retrofit a bldg for SLMPD property custody storage)

Corrections Department
$   165,000 for Plumbing Repair
$   200,000 for Showers & Toilets
$1,200,000 for Video Security Equipment Upgrades
$3,220,000 for Air Conditioning Dorm, Chapel, Gym, Pods, Kitchen, Cafeteria (temporary AC units will be used 2018)
$     12,000 for Sprinkler Heads (Pods)
$   900,000 for Sprinkler System (Dorm)
$   800,000 for Boiler Replacement Courts and Juvenile Detention
$5,000,000 for HVAC

City Hall & Other Municipal Buildings
$1,000,000 for HVAC $1,300,000 for Restroom Upgrades (City Hall)
$1,600,000 to Replace Electrical Switchgear & Panel Boards (City Hall, Oddly, ongoing leaking roof at City Hall, is not on the list.
$1,000,000 for Miscellaneous Building Repairs
$5,000,000 for Accounting & Payroll System
$1,500,000 for ADA Transition Plan

Bridge Projects
$2,500,000 (Southwest @ Columbia; Compton; $1 M+ needed for the Kingshighway viaduct, McRee to Manchester)

The proposal now goes to the Board of Estimate & Apportionment (E & A: Mayor, Comptroller, Board President), then Board of Aldermen, including a hearing. E & A meets this Wednesday/Jan 17th but has not posted agenda online as of noon Sunday, usually posts only 24 hours in advance.

There are no citywide elections scheduled for St. Louis City until the August Primary and November General State Elections. There is no money budgeted by the City for an April municipal election or other citywide special election. Last November’s special election costs for the vote on Prop P sales tax was funded by the use tax generated from last April’s Prop 1 sales tax for Economic Development (Metrolink expansion, neighborhood revitalization, public safety,…)

2016 GO Bond ballot issue

Here is the progress report for the 2016 GO Bond Issue

Who is on the City Capital Committee that has advanced this bond issue?
1) Budget Director (who chairs)
2) Community Development Agency Director
3) President, Board of Public Service
4) Lewis Reed, President, Board of Aldermen (or designee)
5) One Alderman appointed by Board President: 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldeburg
6) Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Chair (or designee) – 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson
7) Comptroller Darlene Green (or designee)
8) One management staffer @ Comptroller Office
9) Mayor Lyda Krewson (or designee)

The City has no webpage for City Capital Committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online, and the meetings are not videotaped and posted on the City’s YoutTube channel.

There is also a Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures established by ordinance and consisting of…
2 members appointed by each of the City’s 28 Aldermen
4 members appointed by Mayor
4 members appointed by Comptroller
4 members appointed by Board President

There is no webpage for this Citizens committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online. I have made a Sunshine request for the last Meeting Minutes of the committee in hopes of finding out who is on it. Will share when/if I get it.

The ordinances creating both of these committees are found at City Code 5.35.020, 5.35.030, 5.35.040 https://library.municode.com/mo/st._louis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT5REFI_CH5.35CAFU_5.35.020CO

Let elected officials know what you think. Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Meeting #2: Friday $50M GO Bond Ballot Issue for 2018

yTkejEGTEMake Your Voices Heard. Contact your Alderman and Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post.

Meeting #2
2 pm Friday, January 12, 2018
City Capital Committee
Board of Public Service Conference Room
Room 305, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda
The Agenda is a proposed $50 Million GO Bond ballot issue, the second meeting of the City Capital Committee on this issue. No media attended the first meeting to my knowledge.

Information on the first meeting here

Last month, Comptroller Darlene Green called for a vote on a $50 Million GO bond issue.

There are no citywide elections scheduled for St. Louis City until the August Primary and November General State Elections. There is no money budgeted by the City for an April municipal election or other citywide special election. Last November’s special election costs for the vote on Prop P sales tax was funded by the use tax generated from last April’s Prop 1 sales tax for Economic Development (Metrolink expansion, neighborhood revitalization, public safety,…)

2016 GO Bond ballot issue

The City Capital Committee is established by ordinance and has nine members: Budget Director (who chairs), Community Development Agency Director, President Board of Public Service, President Board of Aldermen (or designee), One Alderman appointed by Board President, Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Chair (or designee), Comptroller (or designee), One management staffer @ Comptroller Office, Mayor (or designee).

The City has no webpage for City Capital Committee and there are no Meeting Minutes posted online. At this time, we know the name of only one of the two Aldermen members of the committee- new Ways & Means (Budget) Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson.

There is also a Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures established by ordinance and consisting of… 2 members appointed by each of the City’s 28 Aldermen, 4 members appointed by Mayor, 4 members appointed by Comptroller, 4 members appointed by Board President.

There is no webpage for this Citizens committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online. A Sunshine request has been made for the last Meeting Minutes of the committee in hopes of finding out who is on it.

The ordinances creating both of these committees are found at City Code 5.35.020, 5.35.030, 5.35.040.

There was a Draft 1/4/2018 circulated at Monday meeting but immediately revised.

$1 Million of the proposed $50 Million Bond Issue would go for the cost of issuance.

Fire Department Vehicles
(deleted- proposed $300,000 for 6 First Responder Vehicles, 4×4 crew cab)
$   192,000 for 4 Command Vehicles (first proposed as $141,000 for 3)
$   125,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Air)
$   209,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Fuel)
$1,300,000 for 100′ Aerial Platform
$1,250,000 for 5 Ambulances (Med Duty)
$9,495,000 for 9 Pumper w/ 75′ Ladder
$1,600,000 for 2 Pumpers
$   250,000 for 1 Foam/Chemical Truck
$     70,000 for 1 Fire Investigation Unit
$     60,000 for 1 Service Truck
$     60,000 for 1 Tire Truck
$1,100,000 for Fire Station Roofs
$   592,000 for Fire Station Generators

Police Department
$6,500,000 for Radio Equipment (placeholder amount- SLMPD radio vendor- Motorola- informed City late 2017 that it would be discontinuing service & parts supply for the units in 2018)
$1,300,000 for Property Custody/SWAT HQ (that stands out because the 2015 GO Bond had $2,100,00 earmarked to retrofit a bldg for SLMPD property custody storage)

Corrections Department
$   165,000 for Plumbing Repair
$   200,000 for Showers & Toilets
$1,200,000 for Video Security Equipment Upgrades
$3,229,000 for Air Conditioning Dorm, Chapel, Gym, Pods, Kitchen, Cafeteria (temporary AC units will be used 2018)
$     12,000 for Sprinkler Heads (Pods)
$   900,000 for Sprinkler System (Dorm)
$   800,000 for Boiler Replacement Courts and Juvenile Detention
$5,000,000 for HVAC

City Hall & Other Municipal Buildings
$1,000,000 for HVAC
$1,300,000 for Restroom Upgrades (City Hall)
$1,600,000 to Replace Electrical Switchgear & Panel Boards (City Hall) Oddly, ongoing leaking roof at City Hall, is not on the list.
$1,000,000 for Miscellaneous Building Repairs

Accounting & Payroll System
$5,000,000

ADA Transition Plan $1,000,000 (reduced from $1,500,000)

Bridge Projects $2,500,000 (Southwest @ Columbia; Compton; $1 M+ needed for the Kingshighway viaduct, McRee to Manchester)

Progress Report for the 2016 GO Bond Issue

Nothing is written in stone yet. When the Capital Committee is finished, the proposal must go through Board of Estimate and Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President) and Board of Aldermen before going on ballot.

Let elected officials know what you think. Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen