9-11 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)
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.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman