Monday, June 12, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS YET ANOTHER AIRPORT REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL!!!
For the early, early Monday morning. Let's take a glimpse at tax fighters offering a bit of guidance to City Council on the sordid topic on the new airport RFP.
Here's some advice and a nice update on where we stand in the single-terminal discussion:
CFRG TO COUNCIL: SOOOO CLOSE TO GETTING IT RIGHT!
Congratulations on showing some backbone (some more than others) on the Airport RFP. You’re stretching it out and that is good. You can see what happens when the process becomes more open and fair. You went from having a company willing to show you ZERO assets to a company with $100 Billion in assets wanting to look at our airport. A company with $100 Billion in assets has what it takes to get the job done through thick and thin. A company with ZERO assets shouldn’t be considered. A $2 Billion Dollar airport should require a company with at least $400MM in assets.
We would like to make two suggestions which we think will move the process to where it needs to be:
1.) Go outside to a professional company to write and evaluate the RFP. We have reviewed some City Auditor’s reports on the city’s procurement practices and they leave a lot to be desired. So lets go elsewhere. There are companies all over the world that do this very thing. They have no skin in theme and gain nothing from throwing the contract one way or another. This is not meant to be cruel but we don’t think there is anyone at City Hall capable of doing this and the outsiders you’re bringing in have their own agenda which is not good. Go outside and do it right. You can set the parameters but let the pros do the work. You should also be included in the final decision despite what one on the council has stated. This can work. You are soooo close!
2.) Open it up to all proposals. Let the pros weed out the ones with no merit. Consider a single, double, triple or quadruple terminal plan it won’t cost that much more to look all options. Don’t limit yourself to a single terminal plan, you would be cheating all of us. You might find someone has a solution you hadn’t thought of or maybe generate a hybrid solution plan using some of what we have now.
Has anyone calculated the cost of removing all the concrete and rebar if we tear down our terminals? That can’t just go anywhere, the FAA has some regulations which will need to be followed. Let’s get it all on the table and make it a fair, open, transparent RFP!
Citizens for Responsible Government