Slay's controversial Veolia letter led to protest at City Hall on Friday, October 18th, 2013. St. Louis Dump Veolia Coalition, a diverse grassroots coalition trying to keep St. Louis from doing business with Veolia. The Coalition has been opposing Mayor Slay's effort in pursuing a contract with Veolia for months. Mayor Slay have been pushing for the Board of Estimates and Appropriation (E&A) to approve a consulting contract with Veolia to improve the water system. E&A is made up of Mayor Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green, and President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed. Members fear Veolia will reduce the water quality while reducing jobs as well raise the rates for St. Louis costumers. Members from the Coalition attended candidate debates during the mayoral primary and passed out hand bills. Members spoke out at a Public Utility Committee hearing.
Nick Pistor of the Post-Dispatch reported on the controversial letter. In his October 16th article, Pistor explains that the Mayor Slay is attempting to by-pass E & A and get the Veolia contract approved in secret. In the letter, Slay's office claimed that the contract don't need E & A approval and urged Green to sign the contract. Green exposed Slay at the October 16th E&A meeting.
Patricia Hageman, the City Counselor, wrote the letter. The letter sighted the City of St. Louis v. Jones as the bases for the letter. According to the letter, a city contract can be approved either by E&A or the Board of Aldermen. The letter claimed that the Board of Aldermen already approved the of a Veolia consulting contract when they passed the funding for it. That claim is questionable because, as Reed explained to the St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis has a process that include the E&A.
Tuesday, at 9 a.m. the Ways and Means Committee is going to hold an investigative hearing regarding Veolia in the Kennedy Room.
Friday at 10 a.m. the Board of Alderman is going to hear a resolution about Dumping Veolia.
Viewers can view my Scribed document to view Slay's controversial letter. This article was edited as of October 21st, 2013.