Wednesday Budget Hearing: 26 Staff To Be Cut From Neighborhood Stabilization

Budget9-11 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – Notice fails to give Agenda (as of 11 pm Tuesday)

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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen-

9:00 am Board of Public Service Budget

BPS has a $642,106 increase for equipment services. There’s also $5.3 Million in lease purchases of vehicles. One of the things that went very wrong during the Schoemehl Administration’s fiscal crisis was lease purchase agreements with balloon payments. We really had financial problems when those came due.

Facilities Management, the city employees who maintain city buildings, is losing 4 employees. Housekeeping, the employees who clean toilets and floors, dump out trash, losing 1 employee. The carpenters/painters crew for city buildings is being cut by 1 employee. The Facilities Management crew at Police Department was moved to Facilities Management budget and they are losing 2 employees.

10:00 am Public Safety Budget

The Director’s office gets $100,000 more for contractual services.

Fire Dept has 20 positions funded by FEMA grant that ends in October and they have to be added General Revenue expenses afterward.

Building Division- Housing Conservation is adding 1 employee. 2019 will be the first fiscal year for the vacant building registration fee expected to generate $0.5 Million. Lead Abatement program has a $300,000 in contractual services.

Neighborhood Stabilization Office- decrease of 13 employees. Neighborhood Stabilization Team- decrease of 13 employees. 

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Tuesday Budget Hearings: Police Dept & Election Board

Budget9-11 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – Notice fails to give Agenda (as of 8:40 am Monday)
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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen-

9:00 am Police Department Budget: SLMPD Budget begins on page 190 here

I don’t understand the Police Department Budget. There is too much being moved around, funding from so many sources, and I cannot make any sense of it. Normally, I can look at a department budget and say for certain what’s going on. Police Budget, nope.

10:00 am Board of Elections: Elections Budget begins on page 334 here

Election Board will be decreased by 1 staff position. The Personal Services is increased by $651,387 because of all the part-time and election day judges for four elections during the FY2019 cycle- 2 statewide and 2 citywide elections.

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday Vote On Airport Privatization Consultant Contract?

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2 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Board Room (200), City Hall
1200 Market
Open to the Public City

Online Calendar Notice/Agenda Agenda does not mention Airport Privatization Consultant Contract. Agenda has generic “Approval of Contracts” item and reference to an Exhibit. That’s where the Privatization Consultant Contract with ties to Rex Sinquefield would be found. The Exhibits are never attached to the Agendas posted online. I Sunshined the Exhibits last week. Should have received a reply Tuesday but did not.

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After the E&A business agenda, they will receive the proposed 2019 Budget from the City’s Budget Director. It is not posted yet but will be, eventually, here.

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.

It appears that Comptroller Darlene Green will vote with the Mayor on the contract. Page 6 of the Minutes of March Airport Commission Meeting reveal that the Comptroller negotiated and won a financial adviser contract on the deal. That would indicate she got oversight she wanted and probably willing now to vote for the deal.
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Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here

You can submit Comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here Y

You can view currently posted Comments (52 so far) to the FAA here

Contact information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman