Sunday, January 06, 2019

TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACTIVISTS DEMAND NEW KCI AIRPORT COMPLIANCE PLAN!!!



So far both politicos and developers haven't shared many details with the public about plans and the requirements for the new Kansas City single-terminal airport.

From pricing struggles to baggage disagreements, the new airport debate is shrouded in mystery and MSM has mostly served to document spin from lame duck Mayor Sly.

Now . . .

KANSAS CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACTIVISTS DEMAND GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN NEW KCI CONSTRUCTION AND DOCUMENTATION OF THE BUILDING PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN SECRETIVE SO FAR!!!

They've included attachments and important documentation that backs up their argument which serves to further understanding of the project that has offered the public few details.

Checkit:

Watkins Foundation Advocate: Where is KCI's Section 106 compliance plan?

Is massive construction at Kansas City International Airport (KCIA) in compliance with federal historic preservation laws? Including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Section 106 and others? We don’t know but there is real cause for concern.

KCIA has proposed a 580-page construction contract (attached) with a private company (Edgemoor Real Estate) to build the new airport. In keeping with the enormous scale of this project, the contract is an extremely detailed blueprint for how the new airport will be built. This contract stipulates that Edgemoor will comply with federal laws pertaining to worker safety, hazardous substances, and many others. Yet this contract makes no mention whatsoever of complying with NAGPRA, Section 106 of the NHPA or any other federal historic preservation laws. Nor does this contract mention the Programmatic Agreement (PA) issued by the FAA, mandating the airport to conduct monitoring of construction areas for buried archaeological deposits and/or human remains.

Let’s be clear. The FAA’s PA requires archaeological monitoring of the proposed construction (see Attachment 4 of the PA, attached). This is mandatory. Yet no mention is made of this requirement in the proposed construction contract. This is not a trivial omission. The proposed construction contract is the legal authority that will guide the construction process.

If this contract does not require Edgemoor to comply with the PA, how will such compliance occur? We don’t know. What about planning this extremely complex construction project? If the construction contractor is unaware of a requirement to implement archaeological construction monitoring, how will such implementation occur in the construction process? Again, we don’t know. In such a detailed construction contract, why isn’t something as important as mandatory compliance with NAGPRA and Section 106 left out? We don’t know.

But we should know. The airport is required to comply with historic preservation laws to no less an extent than other federal laws that are included in the construction contract. Is it reasonable to proceed with a construction contract without a clear blueprint for implementing the FAA’s PA for Section 106 compliance? We don’t think so.

Please join us in requiring KCIA to produce a written plan for how it intends to comply with Attachment 4 of the FAA’s PA before construction is permitted to proceed. We are hereby asking the airport to provide us with a copy of this plan, and to provide other stakeholders, particularly including consulting Native American tribal governments, with this plan.

Mark Raab

For the Watkins Foundation,

Kansas City, Missouri
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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think what's worse here is that the public is spending money on this process with little to no accountability. We don't get a vote or a say in how taxpayer money is being spent. That's not what we were promised when voting.

Anonymous said...

Typical Slie snafu.

Anonymous said...

+100000

sLIE being an ambulance chaser he doesn’t know about these things, typical drunken geriatric loser

Anonymous said...

Democrats need to blame themselves for this fiasco. They are the party of big government and over regulation. Layers upon layers of bureaucracy that slows everything down. Now look at this mess. This whole airport issue is a train wreck. Keep voting for these types and this is what happens.

Anonymous said...

A circle jerk becoming a whirlpool jerk before our eyes.

Save The Plaza said...

Was there ever any doubt that this was going to become an amazing boondoggle? The way that Sly & Company have operated is just beyond belief they have kept every detail a secret and they are holding information that should be public behind closed doors. We need another vote on this project because what was on the table is now no longer the case. There is no public accountability and when billions are at stake that is a recipe for disaster.

Anonymous said...

Just a few billion dollars between friends!

Anonymous said...

The City officials do not want any form of accountability when it gives away taxpayer money. No Accountability!!!!

Anonymous said...

Read the actual document this "TKC Sunday Special" cites:

"WHEREAS, no prehistoric or historic artifacts were encountered during the archaeological survey within the direct"


Retro ROCKER said...

In the coming months we will see if the airport will be built. The Markets may crash I hope not it will affect many people .Crédit markets will tighten. Most of Tonyskansascity readers already know what may happen. There may be bank runs. People want cash in case there is a bank Holliday .Watch the Financial markets over the next few months. Cash is king you will swipe your card. And there will be no transaction. BE PREPARED.

Unknown said...

Anonymous 6:01:

True. but the FAA is requiring archaeological monitoring of construction as a condition of building the new terminal. It's an absolute requirement for the project to move forward, whether you agree with it or not. It's legally binding. Like so many other aspects of this project, inattention to requirements like this is costing tens (100s?) of millions of dollars of additional expense. By the airport's own estimates, costs are inflating by 10s of millions of dollars per month of delay. Shouldn't somebody get on top of this?

Anonymous said...

Just how stupid is sLIE and his clowncil

Anonymous said...

I suspect that there are several of the area universities have archeological departments. I believe they'd love to step up and have a volunteer available, during hours of construction, to respond immediately if contacted.

Or, perhaps, a Zulu witch doctor could do some dowsing.

Anonymous said...

Retro, I like most of your comments. I hope you're dead ass wrong on this. Truly.

Anonymous said...

if they build the single terminal aiport b/c they want a bad construction project. i don'tsee how the construction access road did not stop it in its tracks long ago. A remodel interferes less with current operations and can accommodate airlines better. Edmoor releases reports and acts like/determines the number of terminals is a static thing based on numbers in 2018.

Anonymous said...

static number of gates based on 2018 stats

Anonymous said...

well, by that contract do not have to tear down terminal A and do not have to build that rendering, and putting an addition with a single security at terminals A&B is a creating a modern expanded single terminal facility.