TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD FACES ETHICS INVESTIGATION OVER CONSULTING AND EMPLOYMENT ISSUES!!!
It's a long standing complaint among Kansas City political denizens that only a few people partake in our local Democracy.
The close-relationships and closed community of Kansas City's ruling class often creates curious and tenuous busienss relationships.
And now . . .
CHECK OUT THIS EXCLUSIVE AND KICK-ASS MEMO CALLING FOR AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO EMPLOYMENT AND CONSULTING CONTRACTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE KANSAS CITY AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD!!!
Intercepted and sent to OUR AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY this memo seems to be creating quite a stir among the civic elite and local ruling class . . .
Here's the money line and the point of contention . . .
"The Ethics Commission must be given time to study whether the exculpatory language and the presence of paid city employees and consultants on the Commission compromise the City Ethics Code. Of course, it is best the Ethics Commission hire outside Counsel to aid in this investigation as the City’s Attorney has a conflict of interest in that it originally had the opportunity to offer its opinion on the establishment of the Commission under these circumstances, and may or may not have."
For the record an in fairness . . . Not everybody on this KCI Advisory Committee is a consultant or somehow employed by KCMO money . . . Just most of them.
And we're talking big contracts at stake too FROM THE BNIM STREETCAR on down . .
Now . . .
CALLING OUT THE MAYOR'S KCI ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR WHAT MIGHT AMOUNT TO ETHICS VIOLATIONS IS A BRILLIANT MOVE AS DECISION TIME APPROACHES!!!
The text of the memo is written in nearly coded legalese but still INTERCEPTED BY AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS in the midst of a BILLION DOLLAR decision.
1 May, 2014
Bob Berkebile, Dave Fowler
KCI ADVISORY BOARD
c/o Mayor’s Office
KCI Advisory Board Housekeeping Issue,
Dear Mr. Berkebile and Mr. Fowler,
Many citizens appreciate the extraordinary service of your and your team members on the Advisory Committee. While there has been tumult, the diligence put forth is appreciated, and beneficial.
In the course of our work in attempting to bring aid and support to the Committee, the attempts made for a meeting with the descendants of the cemeteries claimed by the Airport and therefore under the purview of the State Court did not occur. One of several housekeeping issues is noticeable for need of the Committee for correction, which would have been resolved if the discussions had occurred. I call your attention to the item as a private citizen, speaking only for myself at this time.
The Mayor has declined to correct the item, so it must fall to the Committee itself to fix. On its website, the Committee states for the purpose of managing conflicts of interest, something to the effect that anyone who served on the Committee can work on the Airport redevelopment should their firm or firms be selected by competitive bidding. However, reading of the City’s Ethics Code shows at least one point where no Committee can pledge such a protection for well meaning volunteers later to be employed by the City on the same project for which volunteer efforts were given.
Any firms successfully awarded work, if that occurs, puts their work and that of the Commission in a light certainly not intended either by the firms, the Commission, Mayor, or City Council. The contradiction of an appearance of a conflict of interest would be costly to resolve after financing had been committed or funds spent.
Equally bad now for those current City employees or firms contracting with the City, their participating on the Committee can be seen in the light of advancing their interests for career advancement by providing their opinion on Airport matters. Their positions are compromised because they have to give pause to what their supervisors or elected officials will think of their responses. This item is demonstrably a violation of the City Ethics Code.
Therefore, speaking only as a private citizen and from a point of view of gratefulness for the service of the Committee, each Committee member is to receive this letter. They are as individuals to decide what the Ethics ordinance requires of them. As individuals, or for certain, the Committee as whole, must produce the City attorney’s opinion that this Committee, its appointment by the Mayor, the failure of the Mayor to correct the conflict between his charge and the City’s Ethics Ordinance, are each and all to be reported to the Ethics Commission. This action is of the highest priority for execution before any report is issued other then the simple hard facts the Committee has worked so hard to gather.
So that the work of the Commission can be properly respected and useful, The Ethics Commission must be given time to study whether the exculpatory language and the presence of paid city employees and consultants on the Commission compromise the City Ethics Code. Of course, it is best the Ethics Commission hire outside Counsel to aid in this investigation as the City’s Attorney has a conflict of interest in that it originally had the opportunity to offer its opinion on the establishment of the Commission under these circumstances, and may or may not have.
Be assured, my firm will not be bidding on City funded work at the Airport, but may continue our service for improving the Airport funded from private means. If a complaint is not filed by the Airport Commission at the Ethics Commission prior to issuance of any report to the City Council, I may be instructed to file that Complaint.