Board of Estimate and Apportionment

Opponents of a consulting contract for Veolia gathered Friday outside the Board of Aldermen chambers.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After months of quiet, St. Louis may be on the brink of signing a contract to make Veolia Water North America a consultant to the city’s Water Department.

That's because the city counselor contends that the contract with the French-based company may not need approval from the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the three-person body that has stood in the way of the measure's approval for months.

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Opponents of a contract that asks Veolia North America to look for efficiencies in the St. Louis city water department could get a public hearing. 

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed announced today that he’ll ask an aldermanic committee to look into allegations of corporate misbehavior at the company, which is headquartered in France. His request would have to be approved by the entire board.

The move for public debate heartened Kathleen Logan Smith, the executive director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. 

(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

The city's top elected officials will wait to sign a contract that could help St. Louis save some money in its water division.