Questions about St. Louis Lambert International Airport privatization go unanswered

Several members of the city’s Transportation and Commerce Committee say they feel they have been kept in the dark when it comes to details on the Airport Working Group’s progress.

Two members of the group attended the Transportation and Commerce Committee meeting in City Hall today to deliver an update on the work completed so far by the large cadre of consultants who launched the airport privatization exploration process in August 2018.

The city’s budget director and chair of the Airport Working Group, Paul Payne, presented a two-page document that contained bullet-pointed summaries of tasks completed or to be completed by various “work streams."

“We’ve been left in the dark,” said John Collins-Muhammad, D-21st Ward. “This update is the most confusing document in the world.”

Payne said he had presented the same document at a meeting in November to the combined working group and consultants.

“These sheets they gave us were so vague,” said Joe Vaccaro, D-23rd ward. “It’s like giving a headline to a story, without doing the story.”



Board Bills

Final Passage
BB 13 Airport Revenue Bonds
BB 29 Consent to Change in Ownership and Control Structure
BB 3 Davis
First Reading
BB 19 Airport Privatization Vote
First Reading
BB 93 An Ordinance requiring a City-wide vote to approve any proposal aimed at or having the effect of privatizing the Lambert St. Louis International Airport (the Airport)
Res 220

Transportation and Commerce Committee to Provide legislative oversight of City Exploration of the Federal Aviation Administration Airport