O'Malley cites other shifts in costs the City took on from Veolia, including:
- Costs related to meters, hydrants, valves and service taps were reclassified as capital costs. DPW was required to pay Veolia $5 million for costs incurred prior to amendment.
- DOW agreed to increase fixed-fee payments by $1.9 million, compounded each year by an inflation index more favorable to Veolia.
- Veolia offloaded to the city the responsibility for pesticide monitoring costs and water conservation program.
Ballard demanded that Citizens Energy assume the Veolia contract with the water company and the United Water privatization for the wastewater utility assets, although Citizens Energy could operate these utilities much more efficiently if these agreements did not exist, particularly the Veolia agreement. Guess which law firm represents the private operators? Guess which law firm is driving this deal? In fact, so many of the same players who were involved in the screwing we got during the 2002 purchase of the water company are sitting at the table once again negotiating the fine print of this deal. It is disgusting beyond description. Like I've said on many occasions, the City of Chicago hasn't got anything on the City of Indianapolis when it comes to public corruption.
Incidentally, the law firm primarily handling this transaction for the City of Indianapolis is Baker & Daniels. Yes, that's the same law firm that participated in the last transaction. Yes, that's the same law firm that now employs the City's former chief legal counsel at that time, Scott Chinn, and former deputy mayor to Peterson, Melina Kennedy, who is now the front-runner for the 2011 Democratic mayoral nomination. No wonder she is silent on the pending sale to Citizens Energy. It looks like the law firm that served us so poorly in these past transactions will be a winner regardless of the outcome of the 2011 election.