Tuesday, February 19, 2019

QUARTER MIL PRICE TAG: IT COSTS BIG BUCKS TO CLEAN UP CLAY COUNTY!!!



This suburban fight is just getting started and already Northland denizens are pickup an EPIC tab thanks to middle-class beef.

Here's a look at the damage along with a realization that this local guv is just as dysfunctional as any part of KCMO without the help of culture war slap fighting:

Fox4: New invoices show Clay County spent over $750,000 on outside legal help last year

Deets:

The county paid seven different firms; Husch Blackwell was one of them. Back in September, the firm billed Clay County $11,132.50 for two out-of-town attorneys to attend two days of meetings on July 18, 2018, and July 20, 2018.

"It's hard for me to believe that there are no attorneys within the Kansas City area capable of handling Clay County legal affairs, particularly since Husch Blackwell has, I believe, 150 attorneys here in this area," Presiding Commissioner Nolte said. "Why we need to pay tens of thousands of dollars in travel time for attorneys to just be here is a question that I don't have an answer to."

Remember, just last year, three Clay County leaders got big raises after the county clerk had to let two employees go. Law enforcement also saw big budget cuts.

“How much would we be able to put into the sheriff's department whose budget has already been, I think, shortchanged dramatically over the recent years?” Nolte asked.

Questionable spending is something the Missouri State Auditor has been trying to investigate despite what Nicole Galloway calls “roadblocks, delays, evasive responses . . .”

Developing . . .

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

What? This post has been up for over an hour and not one Nolte is in bed with the developers or Withington is being used by Nolte comments? Someone is slacking this morning.

Anonymous said...

Probably something similar to my County. Here the commish make $65k/yr + pension + health insurance. For that, they are only required to provide 8 hours of office time per week for citizens. You might think they have after-hours meetings that offset some of that time? No. commish meetings are only held in that 8 hour period. It's a complete scam and most of them still hold their day jobs to rake in more bucks.

Anonymous said...

Ridgeway and Owen are not only making a laughingstock of Clay County throughout the State, but they don't seem to see anything wrong with spending 3/4 of a Million$ (so far) of the Taxpayer's money in their blatant attempts to cover up their misdeeds.

I would ask "Have they no shame or sense of decency?", but the obvious panic of their actions and their desperation to delay the Audit(Until evidence is destroyed?) plus the damage they are daily causing among the good employees of the County with their favoritism toward their minions and punishment of anyone resisting their illegal activities demonstrate that they do not!

Perhaps @7:40's comment is indicative that this most current disclosure of their misdeeds is finally too much for even their staunchest supporters to swallow!

One would certainly hope so, there has to come a point at which any decent person feels disgust and can no longer tolerate the pair's arrogance and irresponsibility.

Anonymous said...

That’s nothing compared to what killa shitty spend’s, hell, they spend that much a week on the airport alone.

Anonymous said...

^^so????

Anonymous said...

Never before did the county government ever have former state reps serving in county official capacity, except Broomfield. Now we got Ridgeway, Nolte and soon to possibly have Wilson and Carpenter. Thus, having former state reps or senators equals disaster for county government because state reps walk door to door and beg for freebies from PACS. Since 2012 and 2014, state reps have ruined county government. Gene Owen is the lone and effective county leader who has been stuck with these state rep clowns.

Anonymous said...

@1:06 KC STAR October 16, 2000 said "Gene Owen should be ousted as western district commissioner". Called him an embarrassment. Said Clay County politics is "abysmal" due to "juvenile personal bickering among office holders and their irresponsible actions in handling county funds." Better luck next time trying to act like Gene has been an "effective county leader."

Anonymous said...

A long-time Clay Prosecutor, going back to the Broomfield days, who had worked with many Commissioners has said that Gene Owen was the best Commissioner to work with Clay County had had.

Anonymous said...

Gene Owen has been elected and re-elected many times over many years because he has an excellent record of public service. The Star has been influenced by poor office holders like Tom Brandom to misreport Clay politics. Brandom and Abouhalkah are less influential today, but now Nolte manipulates the media.

Anonymous said...

And poor Cerner boy (doesn’t do work just blogs all day Withingpounds) has just been shot down again. This time by KSHB who found out nothing nefarious happened related to Ford and the NKCSD. Fox four won’t return JW’s calls even blocked him, lol, now KSHB has concluded that the Cerner paid nonworking heavy boy blogger is wrong about assessment stuff, check his FB if you can stand the piety,, lol. Just because your other developer employer got mad and is going after an official, wrong again lightweights. But JW likes to be a whipping boy cuz him Nolte taught him well.

Jason Withington said...

That's interesting that you mentioned Ford. I never publicly mentioned a company name. My post read "a large company."

Anonymous said...

Um who else JW? Cerner must be proud to have you pounding “large companies”. But if not Ford, we stand corrected. Mysterious JW, to risk your family with such hateful and error prone blogging, you must be a lousy employee.

Jason Withington said...

I dont have a blog.

Anonymous said...

Despite all the attacks on Nolte and Jason Withington posted above, what we cannot see is any denials that Ridgeway and Owen are rapidly destroying the Clay County Government!

Again and again agents acting for the developers who support these two post attacks on Nolte and Withington (who is not a Commissioner), but offer no explanation for why these two Commissioners are subverting the County's Legal Department and spending egregious amounts of TAX MONEY on outside Lawyers, why they used County TAX MONEY to pay legal bills for County Employees accused of misdeeds, why they given overblown raises to the employees who support them and aid them in spending so freely but reduce wages for those wo resist doing so.

And at the most basic level WHAT ARE RIDGEWAY AND OWEN AFRAID THE STATE AUDITOR WILL FIND?

There can be no other explanation for their desperate efforts to resist cooperation on the County's part with the State Auditor!

FREE AND OPEN GOVERNMENT FOR ONCE, LUANNE AND GENE, STOP TRYING TO HIDE THINGS!

Anonymous said...

Don't pick on Wiffy (Jason Withington)! He will cry and kick his dog!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Wiffy won't be responding tonight. The multitude of kids he has can eat at Pizza Ranch for free! (He brags at work about taking zip lock bags to sneak more food home for free.) Such a jerk!

Jason Withington said...

Ahh... The mighty anonymous keyboard warriors...