Sunday, November 27, 2016

Check Port KC Deep Background

A decent primer on one of the most misunderstood economic organizations in Kansas City . . . Check the background on a group with deep pockets and ties throughout the local political game: Kansas City Sees More And More Cargo Coming In From The Missouri River

12 Comments:

Hyperblogal said...

Not unlike the Electoral College which graduates no one, the Port of KC projects don't have to have anything to do with the Port of KC... unless you consider Brush Creek a major waterway.

Anonymous said...

The KC Port Authority seems to spread money around all over town. Mike Burke, from a reliable source, pulled seven figures fees from the Port Authority. A Slie slush fund? No transparency. No accountability. Another Killa City waste of taxpayers money.

Anonymous said...

Hear that steamboat whistle blow...
in the railroad yards in Belton.
Just another insider's gravy train where tax money is transformed into cold hard cash for the usual suspects.
Snouts in the trough.
Nothing new to see here!

Anonymous said...

You have to be kidding. “Port KC says 45 tons of cargo of mostly fertilizer and mill-scale (a steel by product) moved through the port.” One fully loaded grain barge weights 393 tons. A tractor-trailer can haul 40 tons in one load. How could anyone be so stupid to release this pathetic usage statistic. Definitely, demonstrates the brain power at Port KC!

Anonymous said...

This worthless agency needs to go!

Anonymous said...

The area’s number one “do nothing” agency’s track record remains unblemished. Over a year ago they announced yet another plan for river front development, “Port Authority CEO: Riverfront development is really going to happen.” Today the land stands barren after the Port Authority invested about $5 million of its money (should that read our money?) in installing the necessary infrastructure to support the mixed-use project. This agency needs to be shut down and our money should be used to rebuild KCMO’s aging infrastructure.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2015/03/port-authority-riverfront-skepticism.html

Anonymous said...

It should be eliminated as a quasi-government authority.

If the port of KC was closed for many years, until it's reopening in 2015, what the hell was the staff doing all that time?

Director Michael Collins was a former political staffer for Kit Bond. Congressman Carwash's daughter landed a plum job there.

Now KC Port Authority is being transformed into a economic development financing tool for private developers eager to use it's status as an unaccountable government division. Watch for all sorts of under-the-table bribes, non-repayment of loans, special low-interest loan terms for political favorites, etc.

Anonymous said...

9:32 pm - The reason it has been closed all these years is because there is no demand. Port KC says 45 tons of cargo moved through the port. One railroad boxcar can carry 121 tons of cargo. So all the freight that was handled by Woodswether Terminal during the whole season wouldn’t have filled up half of a boxcar.

Anonymous said...

Do you think Port KC could find better things to do with our money than subsidize shippers of grain & steel? If these companies want to use barges, let then pay for the dock.

Anonymous said...

These pathetic public servants rent opulent, first class office space in River Market; sending their rent checks to a developer in Dallas. If they cared about the area, they would locate their offices in the vacant space at The Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

Anonymous said...

If the toy train went there it could be great!


SAD

Anonymous said...

Port KC does secret hotel and apartment deals, not much about actual port business. Free enterprise MO Legislature: Help! Take note and eliminate Port KC once and for all. Spare us more secret boondoggles!