ST. LOUIS -- Elected leaders in St. Louis continue to battle over a $250,000 consulting contract sought by Mayor Francis Slay to revamp the municipal water department.
Local activists want the city to dump Veolia Water North America as its consultant, citing what they call the company’s poor environmental record. They also worry that despite assurances from Slay, the private company could be later hired to operate the city’s public water supply.
KWMU-FM reports that Alderman Terry Kennedy wants to strip $250,000 from the water department’s budget as chairman of the city board’s budget committee.
Slay had previously instructed city Comptroller Darlene Green to sign the contract, which Veolia says will help the city reduce annual costs in its water division by 15 percent without layoffs.