Call Before 2 pm Today/Wednesday. Not Tomorrow. Today. Demand A Public Vote On Airport Privatization

E&AAirportPlease join Expect Us in a Day of Action, Today, Wednesday, February 20th.

Expect Us Facebook Event Page

Action #1: Before 2 pm Today- Call the Board of Estimate & Apportionment and demand a public vote on Lambert Airport Privatization. Any of the three E&A members can make a motion at Today’s E&A Meeting to send the issue to a public vote

☎️Call Mayor Lyda Krewson at 314-622-3201
☎️Call Comptroller Darlene Green at 314-622-4389
☎️Call BOA President Lewis Reed at 314-622-4114

Action #2: 2 pm Today- Join Expect us at Today’s E&A Meeting and show your support for a public vote on Airport Privatization.

Wednesday E&A Vote On Airport Privatization Consultant Contract?

rexcMake your voice heard! Contact Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact information at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, March 14, 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.

Unless Mayor Lyda Krewson says it is happening, we might not know until the meeting.

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.

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. The Board of Aldermen then 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 (made February 19th) to try and find out who wrote that Resolution. “transparency portal” sounds like consultant language to me. Thursday is the due date for City Counselor to tell me how much the City is charging to sort through an alderwoman’s emails to find all incoming emails relating to airport privatization. Happy Sunshine Open Records & Meetings Week to us!

Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here

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

You can view currently posted Comments to the FAA here

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

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday: E & A Meeting, Yet Again No Online Posting Of Exhibits

yTkejEGTEThe Board of Estimate & Apportionment (E & A), comprised of the Mayor, Comptroller, and Board President, serves as the most important body on spending for the City of St. Louis because the Board of Aldermen needs its permission on money matters and because E & A can act unilaterally to move money around in the City’s Budget.

2 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Office, Room 200, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but not a public meeting with testimony by the public)

City Online Calendar Notice – E & A posts its notices exactly 24 hours in advance. E & A Agendas never include Exhibits, the meat and potatoes of what they are acting on. The Exhibits are never posted online and can only be accessed by a Sunshine request, or getting a copy of something from one of the three members.

At each E & A meeting, decisions on millions of dollars are made in a matter of minutes with little if any debate. An E & A meeting over 7 minutes is rare. Here is the December E & A meeting on YouTube. 

Monday Meeting: New GO Bond Ballot Issue

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

UPDATED regarding aldermen on Capital Committee

9 am Monday, January 8, 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 for this meeting is a proposed GO Bond ballot issue. 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 includes…
1) Budget Director (who chairs)
2) Community Development Agency Director
3) President, Board of Public Service
4) President, Board of Aldermen (or designee)
5) One Alderman appointed by Board President
6) Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Chair (or designee) – this seat on the committee is vacant because the Ways & Means Chair was appointed Assessor by Mayor and Board President has not announced/appointed a new Ways & Means Chair
7) Comptroller (or designee)
8) One management staffer @ Comptroller Office
9) Mayor (or designee)

The City has no webpage for this committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online. 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie was a Board of Aldermen representative on the Capital Committee until 18 months ago. 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer says she inquired last week about the alderman seat on the Capital Committee and believes it is vacant.

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.

The ordinances creating both of these committees is found at City Code 5.35.020, 5.35.030, 5.35.040. 
Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

*Friday morning- meeting notices for this meeting were taped outside elevators at City Hall. The notice was not posted to the City Online Calendar.

Noon Friday- a copy of the notice was posted on Twitter asking Mayor, Board President, Comptroller, about the lack of online notice.
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Friday-Saturday afternoon- Comments were posted regarding the lack of online information.
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5:30 pm Saturday- Meeting Notice was posted online and the Mayor’s Twitter account announced same. Now the Mayor has been asked to post additional information online.
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Wednesday Budget Hearings on Police & County Offices + Property Tax Hike

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Wednesday, June 1
Leisure Room, City Hall
Board Bill 1 – FY 2017 Budget by Board President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am Police Department

9:15 am Sheriff Department
sheriffbudget9:30 am Circuit Attorney Continue reading

Friday BOA Hearing on Property Tax Hike Proposal

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Ways & Means Committee
9:15 am Friday, May 13th
Leisure Room, City Hall
Public Hearing on Board Bill 57 by Board President Lewis Reed for a November 8th vote on a 5 Cent Property Tax Hike to fund services to senior citizens

 Members of the BOA Ways & Means Committee include: Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (27th Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

Wednesday, May 11th Board of Aldermen FY2017 Budget Hearings

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis City Ways & Means Committee
Wednesday, May 11th
Leisure Room, City Hall

Board Bill 1 – FY 2017 Budget by Board President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway
Tentative Agenda Continue reading

Tuesday Public Hearing on City Budget

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact E&A Members (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President)

10 am Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Board of Estimate & Apportionment

Kennedy Hearing Room, City Hall

Public Hearing on FY2017 Annual Operating Plan as Proposed to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment April 20 2016 by the Budget Division

The Mayor, Comptroller, and Board of Aldermen President serve as St. Louis City’s Board of Estimate.

The Board of E & A is the first step toward passage of an annual Budget. Then comes the Board of Aldermen.

Contact Information for Mayor Francis G. Slay
Contact Information for Comptroller Darlene Green
Contact Information for Board President Lewis Reed