Wednesday, October 16, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green exposed St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s attempt to secure an open-ended, no-bid contract worth millions of dollars for Veolia, a French multi-national corporation with operations in water, sewage, hazardous waste, and garbage.

At the meeting, Ms. Green brought to light a proposed contract that Slay is seeking to push through without a vote of the members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (E&A). Normally, contracts like the one proposed for Veolia North America, require the approval of the Board of E&A. City Attorney Patty Hageman sent Green a memo, dated October 4th, that says the contract did not need legal approval of the Board of E&A. And the memo threatens a lawsuit if Green refuses to sign the Veolia contract.

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