TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! MEMO: KANSAS CITY MUSEUM BOARD SOON TO BE KAPUT!!!
Check this very nice memo that PREPARE FOR TODAY'S VOTE THAT WILL DISSOLVE THE KANSAS CITY MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD and take (temporary) control away from George "Say Goodnight To The Bad Guy" Guastello.
Never mind that Northeast Insiders fear the Kansas City Museum is being set up the FAIL and very few think they'll be able to come up with the cash or cooperation to keep the lights on and the building in good working condition in the long run.
Anyhoo . . . Read the eloquent final words of the Kansas City Museum Advisory Board . . . Which are much better than the last utterance by Socrates who asked the immortal question: "I drank what?"
Dear KCMAB members.
Just a reminder that today/Thursday, a Full Council Business Session at City Hall will include discussion of the amended Union Station contract, as affects the Kansas City Museum, and presumably be up for a final vote. Meeting time is 1:00 p.m. on in the 10th Floor Committee Room at City Hall.
We were not officially asked to vote, however the majority of KCMAB members have endorsed the amended contract by a casual phone canvas. Despite certain issues, most agreed that the ordinance should proceed to protect progress. This link will get you to the ordinance information. It is Ordinance 130908.
According to City Attorney, Joe Guarino, while the changeover happens May 1, 2014, the ordinance that authorizes the amendment and that repealed the board goes into effect 10 days after passage. The effective date that the KCMAB will cease to exist would be 10 days after.
So, our last KCMAB meeting will be Monday, December 9th at the usual time 4:00p.m. at City Hall. During this last meeting I’m requesting that all KCMAB Committee Heads present a short report, ( written) which will be suitable to pass along to appropriate Parks & Rec Dept. staffers. The purpose is to provide continuity. These paragraphs should contain your vision for your committee area, related past, short or long term activities, and any other comments you may wish to share. You may be interacting with Parks staff as part of the Museum’s smooth transition.
The Kansas City Museum Staff will be meeting the morning of December 9th with Mark McHenry and the Parks Dept. HR, along with Union Station representatives. It is important that these Museum Professionals have a good understanding of how their jobs will be handled and transitioned. My understanding is that Parks will guide this employment transition.
As you are aware Kansas City Museum Foundation representatives have met twice with Mark McHenry regarding the transition, and additionally have assembled to vote on Foundation officers. For the immediate future the KCM Foundation will meet in the large ( or small) conference room of the Plaza Library, at the same regular time , the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. After the transition is complete or comfortably underway, meetings will most likely be held quarterly. ( location to be determined).
In conclusion, the detailed plans created for the Museum’s future, and the work of the Kansas City Museum Advisory Board represent a remarkably positive body of work. Everyone on the KCMAB contributed to a positive outcome for the Kansas City Museum. Congratulations all around. Considering some areas of dispute have continued for around twelve years, a feeling of accomplishment is justified. Thank you for your time and talents, which have made a decided difference in the future of this fine and irreplaceable historical institution.
Most generous thanks goes to our former Kansas City Museum Director, Mr. Christopher Leitch, who led all of us and the Kansas City Museum through difficult circumstances. His demonstrated direction planning and leadership is respected and admired. Many thanks to the KCMAB Committee Chairs who persevered under stressful situations and also to our Vice President Ramona Davis, who never failed to provide valuable advice and perspective we needed. Much appreciation is given to our legal counsel Joe Guarino, Bill Geary and Robin Martinez along with our three council persons, Scott Wagner, Jan Marcason and Jim Glover for their time and advice as the board negotiated choppy waters. Special thanks to Kimiko Gilmore, Jim Giles along with Susan Borge, Ericka King and all those who took and recorded notes during meetings.
Lastly a salute to Mayor Sly James for his vision and for appointing us; to City Manager Troy Schulte for insightful and frank meetings; to former KCMAB Chair, Gary Marsh for keeping the faith and to the KCMAB’s original founder, the late brave Ruth Ann Harper. Personally I hope Ruth Ann and the R.A. Long family are out somewhere on a buggy ride in the sky, toasting with a holiday eggnog.
It has been my humble pleasure to serve as your KCMAB Chair and I look forward to interacting with most of you again on the Kansas City Museum Foundation.
With best wishes for a joyous holiday season