Friday, July 28, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY FRIDAY FACE-OFF!!! TAX FIGHTER JOHN MURPHY ARGUES FOR CITY HALL TRANSPARENCY WHILST COUNCILMAN SCOTT WAGNER FEARS NEW AIRPORT BIDDING LIABILITY!!!
This morning we take our readers BEHIND THE SCENES to the crux of the Kansas City new airport debate and the dearth of public information regarding the bidding process.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE FULL-TEXT EXCHANGE BETWIXT A TAX FIGHTER AND A MAYORAL CANDIDATE COUNCILMAN CONCERNING THE LACK OF AIRPORT DEETS SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC!!!
There isn't much editing here and we think these SIGNED DOX sent our way convey a lot of info and offer and INSIDER view into the ongoing debate about the process.
Take a look:
From John Murphy - Council Members-especially those of you running for mayor:
A few weeks back I and many of you attended a South KC Alliance meeting about the airport. One of the big promises made 1st by Scott Wagner then by other council members was that the public would get to see the airport choices PRIOR to voting on whether or not to proceed with a new airport. We are finding out today that the public and possibly members of the council will not be allowed to see the proposals Really? Folks pardon the pun but that just ain't going to fly.
The public has a right to know - you guys work for us.
In addition, Viewing this process from the stands from the first airport roll out in 2013 to the mayor's hastily put together press conference announcing BM wins the new airport, then the walk-back announcing that everyone else can now submit a bid if they want but BM will win cause they get last look; then the next walk back stating this will be an open and transparent process. Then we find out at today's Carnival side show that only select individuals will see the proposals.
This is amateur hour. You guys have no business being in development. I keep hearing from city hall that you guys can walk and chew gum at the same time. I hate to bust your bubbles but no you can't.
John J. Murphy
Citizens For Responsible Government KC
The reply from Councilman Wagner . . .
As you have mentioned my answer in South Kansas City directly I would also remind you that in the course of my answer I also said that typically the proposals of other proposers are typically not released until a contract is done. As was related by law staff this morning, the RFQ/P indicates that release of proposal information will be done when an MOU is signed.
I am still confident that a recommendation will come well before a November vote and you, along with the rest of Kansas City, will be able judge whether or not the product of this process is worth supporting. At the end of the day, it is this product that voters will be voting on.
In the meantime, my consideration on the depth of information that should be released publicly will be commensurate with the exposure of risk to the City. Past foibles that you point out in this process are not good reasons to perpetuate what you have suggested is bad process. I believe premature release of information opens up risk of litigation by the unawarded parties, whoever they may be. I will not expose the City to potential litigation by going down that road no matter if suggested by you, the media, or another Councilperson. It is for that reason I answered as I did, with the caveats that I made.
Councilman, 1st District at-Large
Mayor Pro Tem
You decide . . .