ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A proposed City of St. Louis contract with Veolia Water North America has been put on hold while the concerns of key constituencies are heard by the mayor's office.
Mayor Francis Slay said today that the purpose of the deal with Veolia is to keep the quality of the water high and the cost of maintaining the system low, and wants to take the time to explain the details of the contract with those concerned.
Last month, Comptroller Darlene Green sent a letter to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed asking for public hearings to be held on the issue.
The mayor has assigned the Deputy Mayor of Operations, Eddie Roth, and Sustainability Director, Catherine Werner to meet with interested parties.
Veolia was chosen to by the city in an open process to provide advice on how the city can operate the water division more efficiently while preserving jobs and quality of water.
St. Louis Dump Veolia Coalition, a group opposing the contract with Veolia, has released the following statement:
"There has been three months of citizen opposition to this contract, which only continues to grow. There is no 'pro-Veolia' constituency, unless Mayor Slay is contending that Veolia is a citizen of St. Louis City. There are no more reasons to delay. The contract was not on the agenda last month and engaged citizens concerned about the water pushed it on the agenda by their presence. We will be there today."
While discussion continues, no formal action will be taken without notifying interested parties.