Monday: Last Day for 2017-2018 Board of Aldermen Session

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10 am Monday, April 16, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Sine Die (adjournment of 2017-2018 Session)
Board Chambers, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

Online Calendar Notice (No Agenda posted with meeting notice)

Agenda found here

Appointments by Mayor
Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Commission: Christoher Saracino
St. Louis Housing Authority Commission: Regina D. Fowler and Bryan Cave real estate development attorney Constantino Ochoa

Some of the Bills still on Calendar:
Board Bill 34CS: Health Clinic Buffer Zone
Board Bill 171: Removing Paul McKee’s Vacant Building Fee Exemption
Board Bill 233: Subpoena Power for (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Board Bill 262AA: City Foundry #2 TIF

Contact Information for Your Alderman and Board President

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Wednesday Airport Commission Meeting Info + Privatization Update

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2 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018
St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission
Terminal 1, Lindbergh Conference Room (Ticketing Level)
10701 Lambert International Blvd
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda 

Airport Commission webpage posting of Agenda

Airport Privatization is not specifically on the Agenda. It comes up during the course of Agenda items- see Item #2 in February Meeting Minutes, discussion of extending contract with Unisom for one year instead of bidding out for three years- and under Other Business- see Item #6 in February Minutes.

On March 14, 2018, The Riverfront Times ran an in depth article on Airport Privatization plotting and scheming (Airport Privatization Has St. Louis Surveying an Unexplored Frontier. Who’s in the Pilot’s Seat?) in which former Mayor Francis Slay reminds us of the Noblesse Oblige governing style he became famous for- to hell with transparency and democracy, royal we knows better than everyone else- and Travis Brown, of Rex Inc, says Rex Sinquefield “should be considered the patron saint of St. Louis.”

Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed

The Federation Aviation Administration is still accepting online public comments on Lambert Airport Privatization (APPP). Comment here.

At present, there are 52 Comments. You can view them here.

The Board of Estimate (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President) have not yet voted to approve the Privatization Consultant Contract with ties to Rex Sinquefield. The next E & A Meetings are scheduled for 2 pm Wednesday, April 18th and 2 pm Monday, April 23rd. One of the problems with the way E&A posts meeting notices/agendas is that they do not include Exhibits, the meat and potatoes of the business to be conducted. The Agendas will say “Contracts” but not list what contracts. Media people are able to secure the Exhibits day of the event. That doesn’t do us any good for dissemination purposes.

In an attempt to find out when the Airport Privatization Contract will be on E&A Agenda, I am going to make a Sunshine request for the Exhibits a week in advance and see what happens. In the spirit of transparency and Sunshine laws, E&A should be posting the Exhibits online 24 hours in advance or earlier. But this is what it has come to, citizens fighting for information.

Comment to the FAA, Contact E&A Members, Contact BOA Transportation Committee Chair, Contact your Alderman, and help Stop Rex Sinquefield.

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Alderwoman Marlene Davis (member of Airport Commission, Chair of BOA Transportation Committee
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Thursday BOA Hearing On Airport Privatization Oversight

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10 am Thursday, February 15,, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Transportation & Commerce Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Resolution 220 by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis and 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard to designate BOA Transportation Committee/Chair of Committee to provide legislative oversight on Airport Privatization and, with consent of Mayor, obtain updates on Privatization efforts at least every 60 days. And there are other provisions, including the consultants will take the lead on transparency, provide a website.

Most recent blog post relating to Lambert Airport privatization

Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary Feed

Members of the BOA Transportation Committee include: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook (elected Nov. 7. 2017); 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Members of Board of Aldermen

Wednesday BOA Meeting On Easy Liquor License Transfer + #ProtectTheZone

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10 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business.

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This is a do over Public Safety meeting/agenda because last week’s meeting was cancelled due to chairman being under the weather.

Rumor is this bill does not have the votes to get out of committee. Could be the sponsor keeps it alive hoping to do some vote trading to get it to full Board. Could be sponsor keeps is scheduled for every meeting so that whomever wants this doesn’t know it’s dead.

protectthezoneAlso on the Agenda…

Board Bill 34 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn to create a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Board Bill 241 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin to add fines assessed by the Building Commissioner to real estate property tax bill if unpaid more than a year.

Board Bill 242 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin. This is a companion bill to Board Bill 241 on collection of fines assessed by Building Commissioner.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Tuesday Night BOA Hearing On Marijuana Bill

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6:30 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Legislation Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 180 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, and 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, to regulate the use of City resources to enforce laws against marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, to enforce marijuana laws by restricting illegal acts regarding marijuana usage or possession, to allow for police use of marijuana as cause for reasonable suspicion in searches, to minimize disproportionate penalties for violations, to prioritize enforcement activities of the City of St. Louis, including the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and to eliminate redundant law enforcement of marijuana laws where adequate enforcement exists under federal law which prohibits the same conduct.

On 1/26/2018 the Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 193 by Board President Lewis Reed et al to reduce fines for some marijuana offenses.

Related News/Commentary…

1/26/2018 St. Louis American: The tale of two marijuana bills

12/20/2017 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Police Continue to Cite Blacks for Marijuana Possession at a High Rate

12/12/2017 St. Louis American: Why a former Missouri Supreme Court justice helped write a marijuana reform bill

12/8/2017 Riverfront Times: Marijuana Legalization Proposal Gets Grilled by St. Louis Aldermen

11/20/2017 Riverfront Times: After Blasting Marijuana Legalization Bill on NextDoor, Lewis Reed Proposes Alternative

11/18/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Getting caught with pot in St. Louis would be less expensive under proposal

11/7/2017 Riverfront Times: After St. Louis ‘Decriminalized’ Weed, Police Cited 800+ People

10/25/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New bill would allow for use, sale and growth of marijuana in St. Louis

10/25/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis alderwoman seeks to block enforcement of anti-marijuana laws  

Members of the Legislation Committee include: 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

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Tuesday BOA Meeting On Trash Services: Privatization On The Table?

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9 am Tuesday, February 13, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Per Capital Committee discussions on what would be funded (and what not) by the proposed $50 Million GO Bond Issue for August Ballot, the City has a $60M, and growing, backlog in fleet replacement, including Streets/Refuse vehicles. It is not up for funding under the proposed bond issue.

This could be the beginning of trash service privatization. The Mayor has mentioned to aldermen that she’d like to explore privatization of Refuse, Parking, Water, in addition to Lambert Airport.

To give you an idea on private trash service…
Here are the prices for St. Louis County’s Trash Districts
Here is a link to services provided to unincorporated County residents by those private companies

Members of Streets Committee: 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd, Chair; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L Moore; 11 Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all BOA committees.

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Wednesday Ways & Means: Prop P Reallocation; Hotel Welfare

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10 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 246 by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg to provide the conditions under which reallocation of Prop P funds may be made with Board of Aldermen approval.

This bill does not prevent reallocation of the Sales Tax and Use Tax. It makes the Board of Aldermen a real player when it does happen.

This bill does not impact any other earmarked sales and use tax money. The City is free to reallocate those funds for purposes other than what voters intended.

Board Bill 207 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia to establish a Community Improvement District (special taxing district) for hotel at former site of Harry’s on Market.

We have lost track of how many subsidized hotel projects there are in Downtown right now. This hotel is getting…

  • 5 Years 90% Tax Abatement
  • Sales Tax Exemption on construction materials
  • Keeps 1% Sales Tax from via Community Improvement District controlled by company

The Company also owns Residence Inn at Jefferson & Highway 40, which collects and keeps sales taxes from a Community Development District and Transportation Development District.

9/27/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New hotel on former Harry’s Restaurant site to break ground soon http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-hotel-on-former-harry-s-restaurant-site-to-break/article_c9b3475d-d8f3-51bd-a400-73f592d43e18.html

Members of Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Committee include: 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

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