Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! MERRIAM PUSHES BACK AGAINST CITY HALL OVER POOL PROBS AND FIRST AMENDMENT!!!



This is what grassroots Democracy looks like . . . Take a look at these JoCo activists flexing on their City Council following a community resource controversy.

We recognize Guitar Lamp guy and former Councilman Dan Leap along with a bevy of neighborhood activists . . . What the did deserves attention from the entire metro . . .

BY WAY OF PETITION POWER, MERRIAM, KANSAS RESIDENTS HOPE TO LIMIT LOCAL GUV THE SPENDING & REQUIRE VOTES FOR BIG TICKET ITEMS!!!

This looks like it's just the beginning of a deal that many residents are calling dirty . . . Here's the basics from KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS . . .


Bait and Switch Meets First Amendment

In November of 2017, Merriam residents voted to approve a $30 million project to replace their outdoor swimming pool and community center.

In August of 2018, Merriam residents were shocked to learn the city leadership had replaced this with a $36.6 million (and climbing) project that includes shrinking the outdoor pool by more than half and relocating the Antioch library onto the site without the resident’s knowledge or approval.

Upset residents asked the city council to put this project on hold. The mayor and majority of city council members decided to represent each other rather than the residents.

The outrageous behavior and city's decisions triggered a response from many residents. The First Amendment gives us the right to “petition the government for redress of a grievance”. This particular grievance cries out for redress.

Volunteers went door to door to obtain the necessary signatures. The petitions were notarized and the signatures validated against official voting records.

The three petitions, in summary:

1. If you are going to spend more than $1 million in TIF, you have to ask the residents first, by vote.

2. If you are going to give, sell, or transfer Vavra Park land, you have to ask the residents first, by vote.

3. You must replace the pool with something equivalent, just as your promotional literature for the vote indicated.

Thanks to everyone who signed the petitions and thanks to the more than a dozen petition circulators who went door to door in the heat, cold and even snow storms gathering signatures from September 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019.
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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

More and more it looks like petitions are the only way to get goverment's attention. Not just symbolic ones but real, binding agreements that force a public vote. Already, even Republicans want to limit this power and raise the threshold in Missouri and Kansas.

Anonymous said...

The pool was a rip. Glad they are keeping up this fight.

Anonymous said...

Let one rip in the new pool.

Anonymous said...

Sounds a lot like KC's airport imbroglio. Let citizens vote on a specific plan, then take their assent as a carte blanche to do something completely different.

Anonymous said...

Yes Merriam is starting to govern just like Sly and the gang have been.

Hyperblogal said...

We had a couple of votes over here on the streetcar ; 1 banned expansion, 2 required a city-wide vote before monies were expended on an expansion.... both are being ignored. Democracy is so overrated.

Anonymous said...

^^ Democracy is so overrated. Not for the people who are getting rich.

Anonymous said...

Damn, I wish my city (KCMO) had problems this minor.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of hot young 20-something sluts that take their kids to that pool.

Anonymous said...

Good for them!

Dan is a great guy, he should run for mayor again. He is a great voice for our community!