Friday, March 08, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! UPCOMING LAWSUITS DISPUTE CONFLICTING TERMS OF SKETCHY NEW KCI AIRPORT DEAL!!!
City Hall is making up the rules as they go along in a reckless effort to secure cash for the new KCI Airport.
So far, only a few people have noticed that the deal is based mostly on blank checks and flimsy ordinances that have been redrafted multiple times but still contain key components filled with loopholes or simply passed through the airport committee incomplete.
And now . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES LAWSUIT THREATS CONFRONT MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AS THEY PUSH FORWARD ONE OF THE SLOPPIEST DEALS KANSAS CITY HAS EVER WITNESSED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE NEW KCI AIRPORT FROM COLLAPSE BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!!!
A quick overview . . .
The Master Bond Ordinance Switcheroo Spells Trouble - Burns & McDonnell was disqualified during the procurement process for not complying with the master bond ordinance. However, in this current scheme Edgemoor's deal ALSO requires changing the master bond Ordinance and bending the rules. The contradiction isn't lost on close watchers of this drama. Moreover, City Hall double talk has set into motion a regulatory nightmare beyond the comprehension of most 12th & Oak denizens.
Emergency Ordinance Open Season - Earlier in the negotiations the "community benefit" agreement was tossed in a betrayal of dozens of local agencies who gave their support and endorsement of the project. This quick turnaround hasn't been unnoticed by more than a few MBE/WBE contractors have also been left out in the cold and realize that the "accelerated" pace of the new KCI basically voids any deal they hoped to garner.
Airline Trust Bust - The small airlines have unfairly penalized by this deal and they REFUSED to sign on to the terms. Moving forward the prices targeting their biz confront scrutiny for ANTI-COMPETITIVE practices that have plagued some of the bigger carriers in their adventures around the nation.
Sadly, finance dudes had nothing but assurances to offer Mayor & Council but the fact is that City Legal is a punching bag for every decent firm in Kansas City and their ability protect KCMO has failed EVERY major test over the past decade.
Meanwhile, as we go along we're seeing a growing number of interests dissatisfied with the biggest construction project in Kansas City's history that has already become a spectacular disaster in the making.
For balance, here's the city sponsored fun news . . .
KMBC: Kansas City said it will break ground on the new airport terminal on March 25.
KSHB: Airport committee advances bonds to pay for construction of new KCI
Fox4: Nearly $1.8 billion in bonds approved to pay for new KCI terminal
KC Biz Journal: With KCI groundbreaking finally set, here's what the project is expected to look like [RENDERING PHOTOS & ANIMATIONS]
KCUR: At Last — Groundbreaking Set For New Single Terminal At Kansas City International Airport
Developing . . .