Wednesday, April 26, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS ARGUES FOR CITY HALL TRANSPARENCY AMID SIDEWALK REPAIR ORDINANCE DELAY FOLLOWING KANSAS CITY GO BOND VOTE!!!
On Sunday our blog community sent SHOCK WAVES throughout Kansas City political circles with EXCLUSIVE reporting on a big election promise initially unfulfilled.
While MSM was reporting political talking points, TKC noted that the sidewalk repair ordinance promised to voters during the election had FAILED to pass and was TRAGICALLY sent back to committee.
There was a great deal of confusion after the vote and today there will be an effort to work things out in committee.
Even better . . .
FIRST & EXCLUSIVE ON TKC!!!
COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS REVEALS THE CITY HALL DEBATE ON SIDEWALK ORDINANCE REPAIR DUE DILIGENCE!!!
Moreover . . .
THIS IS AN EPIC BEHIND THE SCENES GLIMPSE INTO HOW LEGISLATION REALLY WORKS AT CITY HALL AMID THE EFFORTS OF COUNCILMAN LUCAS TO PROVIDE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND INSIGHT INTO THE PROCESS OF FIXING KANSAS CITY STREETS!!!
Despite the surprising delay, it's encouraging that Councilman Lucas, Reed & Barnes worked to review this critical legislation rather than just sign off on it sight unseen:
Councilman Lucas: "Staff, as happens too often, emailed us day of council meeting saying the item needed to be passed that day. We asked why they didn't give us the ordinance earlier with an opportunity to review since it's likely that none of my colleagues had actually read it. Therefore, we wanted it to have the opportunity for review by a council committee prior to passage in order to conduct our due diligence by actually reading legislation before we pass it."
Best of all, in much the same way that Councilman Lucas wasn't afraid to talk infrastructure face-to-face with tax fighters . . . He isn't backing down from some important arguments on the topic of city staff (read: The City Manager's Office) rushing to win Council approval without much evaluation.
Councilman Quinton Lucas: "The election was April 4th. Not sure why it took staff two weeks to provide us the ordinance and then it needed to be passed almost instantly without our review."
Finally, on this cloudy day, an important moment of clarity that we hope inspires all of our City Hall elected officials:
Councilman Lucas: "Generally, I think too many items of importance are presented for same day adoption or through committee advances and the public never has an option to be part of the discussion or know what's going on. I include in that assessment pieces of legislation, like this one, that I like. If it's a good ordinance that supports our promises, then why not let the public see what we are doing? Sunshine is the best disinfectant and staff should join us in that approach as well."
And so, with more time to review and along with an important moment of pause to bring the voting public into the discussion . . . Insiders believe the KCMO sidewalk repair ordinance should pass unanimously on Thursday so that badly needed repairs can begin as soon as possible.
Developing . . .