Sunday, July 16, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! UPCOMING KCI AIRPORT VOTE: IT'S OUR DECISION!!!
An IMPORTANT fact fact check and testimony regarding the new airport. Take a look:
Letter To The Editor: KCI Airport
One of the many “‘Listening’ Sessions” on the new single terminal airport at KCI was held Monday, July 10. The assembled citizens assumed that the City Council would be listening to us. Instead, it was a lecture. We were told about all the benefits we would get from a NEW One-box single terminal.
Burns&McDonnell assured us they had everything under control and that we taxpayers would not be paying for it.
The Director of Marketing and Air Service named his powerpoint, ‘Listening’ Session.
We listened. He presented a One-box ‘single terminal’.
Two members of the business community (Chamber of Commerce and A Better KC) tried to make the case that with a new state of the art terminal, new businesses would come to Kansas City. I regret to say this, but people don’t bring a business to an area because of its airport. How about creating an environment tax wise that would invite new business.
Attendees were given an index card for a question, cards were collected at random, and the moderator decided due to time constraints, that no one could speak to his question.
Five members from the City Council were up next. Four of them stated:
- The original roll-out to voters of a single terminal in 2011-2012 was ill advised.
- We’ve spent over $400,000 on legal fees (for a project the voters have not approved).
- I was against it before I was for it.
- We lengthened the bidding process to allow others (besides B&M) to submit bids.
The only dissenting voice from Council was that of Teresa Loar, Second District,sidelined by being asked to go first. Her plain and simple comment: “We have put the cart before the horse. First should come the vote of the people, and then the plans to develop.”
To their credit, the five Council members in attendance stated that voters would be able to see all the proposals before they vote on the one chosen by the Selection Committee.
Let’s make sure the voters agree to having a new airport first. At a previous meeting, 80% of citizens stated preference for the current configuration.
For one third the cost, ($335 million) Terminal A could become state of the art with all the upgrades on the wish list. Yes, there’s another plan to vote on.
Residents and visitors alike appreciate the convenience. Law enforcement would continue to have ease of access since they are close to any call for assistance. Amenities for travelers would be provided by doubling the current width to include shopping, restaurants, and bathrooms.
Although the City Council and Burns&McDonnell are moving ahead with a One-box single terminal, it is not their decision. It is our decision.
Vote NO. There’s a NO in November.