Alderman seeks to strike funding for controversial water contract [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 25--ST. LOUIS -- Ward 18 Alderman Terry Kennedy has proposed an ordinance that would block a controversial city water contract.
Last week, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay asked Comptroller Darlene Green to sign a $250,000 consulting contract with Veolia Water, even though the contract hasn't received explicit approval from the three person Board of Estimate and Apportionment (made up of Slay, Green, and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed). Slay argues that the Board of Aldermen already approved the water division's budget, thus not needing the approval of the E&A board, despite past customs.
Protesters have crowded City Hall and criticized Veolia over its environmental and business practices.
On Friday, Kennedy introduced a bill, saying that a line item in the Water Department's budget for professional services wasn't "specifically outlined or detailed in the City of St. Louis annual operating plan."
Kennedy said the contract should "go through the typical contract and appropriation process of the City including specific and distinct review and written approval by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment" and strikes $250,000 from money appropriated for Veolia.
Slay has adamantly supported Veolia getting the contract and has the power to veto any bill that strikes the funding.
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