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Slay's Veolia

Slay's Veolia

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Published by Damien Johnson
Slay's controversial Veolia letter.
Slay's controversial Veolia letter.

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DEPUTY CITY COUNSELORSNANCY R. KISTLERMICIIAELA. GARVINASSOCIATESKATHLEENG,TANNERDONALDG. DYLEWSKILESLVEE, MITCHELL.YANCEYMARIBETII MCMAHONMARKE. LAWSONTHOIV1AS . MCDONN-ELLMATTHEWM. MOAKSUSANL.PHELPSCRAIGK, HIGGINSTHONIASJ. GOEDDELRAYMONDB,FLOJOJACQUELINED, HARRISDANIEL J.EMERSONCHRISTINEL,HODZICNANCYE, EMMEL
LAWDEPARTMENTPATRICIAA.HAGEMANCITYCOUNSELOR314CITYHALL12O()ARKETSTREETSAINTLOUIS,MO63103-2864(314)622-336rFacsimile14\622-4956FRANCISG. SLAYMAYOROctober,2013
ASSISTANTSPATRICIAL. WENDLiNGPAUL R,DIEI(HOFFALANR. SCHMIDTBARBARAE. BIRKICHTROBERTM.HIBBSREBECCAK WRIGHIRICI{ARD.F.SYKOMDAVID A,MEYERJ. BRENTDULLEJENNIFERR. CHESTNUTTRADAERIKAE.ZAZASANDRAP,ZAMBRANARICHARDL,KJSMERJUSTINR,TARMONRORYP, O'SULLryANERINIC IVICGOWANMICHELLEM.BURRIELALEXISL. SILSBEMALLORIE. ALLENANNA L.MOLITOR
Hand-DeliveredHonorablearleneGreen
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1200MarketStreet,oom212St.Louis,MO 63103Re:Agreementor ConsultingervicesetweenheCityandVeoliaWaterNorthAmerica-Central,LCDearComptrollerGreen:Enclosedoryoursignatureiease indthreeoriginalcopiesfan AgreementorConsultingervices"Contract")etweenheCityandVeoliaWaterNorthAmerica-Central,LLC. PgrsuantoyourdiscussioniththeMayor,hepurposefthis etteristoprovideouabriefreview andanalysisfthe Contractapprovalrocess.-,\r,5;--oJiaas Selecteds heopchoicebya selectionornmitteestablishedursuantoOrdinance:4t}2iTheenclosedontractpiovidesor a four-monthermata totalcostof$250,000,ayableromundsappropriatedotheWaterDepartment'sudgetorFiscalYeat2014.I havebeenaskedoprovidean opinionegardingwhetherhe BoardofEstimate&Apportionment"E&A") mustprovideuitherapprovalf thisContracth lightoftheact hatE&A alreadyapprovedheappropriationhatwilibeusedocover heCity'spaymentobligations.Aftirreviewinghehistoryoftheappropriationnd hecontractorelectionpro""rr"r, it is myopinionhatallofthe requisiteapprovalslreadyavebeenobtainednd hatyorr,usComptrolier,uo"a ministerialutyosignheenclosed.,lgElf?t: .-'.0f:.;.,';i,,.{4,,t.':''"::' :,:.Asyouknow,heCityCharterequireshatheexpenditufefpublic funds,!e.qylbflr:dthroughappropriationsmadebyordinance,ndsuchordinanc'e"'sustberecommended^b/!&,4'Charterat ArticleV, sec.25.'ltspartofE&A'sdutiesn thisqgard,t isresponsibieoi'";submittinghe City'sannualroposedudgeto theBoardofAldermen,nclrlding,a:l1.'.'
 
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HonorableDarleneGreenOctober,2013Pageof3recommendedrdinanceappropriatinghe amountsdeemedecessaryor theTabieofOrganization,s wellashe persomel,supplies,maintenance,epairs,services,ndcontractualrequirementsorthe useofeachdepartment"foithat fiscalyeat.CityCharter,Art.WI,Section3TheBoardofAldennenassigns roposedudgetsandappropriationsoitsWaysandY"*C-ommittee"Ways& Means")priortothe Board's passageiaLudgetordina.rce.TheBoardofAldermenmay reducehe amountofanyitem in the proposedappropriationrdinance(withsomeexceptions),butitmay notincreasesuch amountor insertnewitemsgnlessspecificallyapprovedbyE&A.Id.AsidefromtheCharter'srequirementhatE&Amustapproveandrecommendappropriations,neithertheCharternor theCity Code containanyprovisionsrequiringE &Aapprovalof contractsotherthaninEertainspecific instances,'nonef whichare pertiienttothisopinion.lnaccordancewiththeCharterrequirements,E&AsubmittedtsrecornmendedbudgetforFY2014tothe Boardof Aldermen,whichcontained,mongotherhings,appropriationsorthewaterDepartment.The Board,afterhearingsat ways& Means,approvedte-recommendedbudget,includingthe waterDepartmentappropriations.As partof thebudgetprocess,departmentsmay submitwhatareknownas"8D8,'formsinsupportof theirrespectivebudgetequests,TheseormsaresubmittedpriortoE&A,svoteonitsbudgetecommendations.Priortoapprovaiof theFY 2014budget,he followingoccurredn relationotheVeoliaContract:
(1A selectionommitteehat .vasonvened ursuantoOrdinanc64102ecommendedVeoliaoverothercompaniesn a competitiveelectionrocess.heselectionasannouncedovember,20I2.tEachmemberf E&Aappointedmembero thatselectionommittee.Theselectionf VeoliawashereforenownoeachmemberfE&A prioroitsconsiderationndapprovarf thecity'sFy 2014budget,(2)ThewaterDepartmentubmitteda formBD8aspartof itsbudgetequests,requesting$250,000 ppropriationoranoutsideontractororoperationsassistance.hisform wassubmittedo theBudgetDirector,whoreportso E&A,andwasavailableoE&Amembersor reviewpriortoE&A's recommendationftheCity'sFY2014udget.(3)TheWaterDepartment'sudgetequestserediscussednddebatedndetailatpublicWays&Meanshearings.PublicUtilitiesDirectorCurtSkoubyxpresslytestifiedhathebudgetndappropriationrdinancerecommendedyE&ey-inciuded$250,000 ppropriationortheVeoliaContractIhaveeviewed
IA versionftheVeoliaContractwasoriginailyncludedn heDeeembr 2012E&Aagendaor approvalut hemattorwasabled'At theime,therewasno budgetappropriationor theVeolia""p.nr.lTherefore^E&Approvalwould_haveeenequiredecauseherewasno appropriationor heconkactsof ihat ime.E&Aapprovalsnotneededowbecausehecurrent ear'sbudgetontainsnappropriationor theVeoliaContract.

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