Friday, March 22, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND COUNCIL DUDE DAN FOWLER CONFRONTS QUESTIONS ON LAND DEAL CONFLICT AMID RE-ELECTION FIGHT!!!
Kansas City 2nd District Councilman Dan Fowler has earned a solid reputation as a nice guy lawyer who keeps things pleasant at City Hall. However, as the upcoming election approaches he's in jeopardy of losing his 12th & Oak job whilst questions about a sketchy land deal abound.
To wit . . .
UNDER THE RADAR, COUNCIL DUDE DAN FOWLER SUFFERED EPIC BLOW BACK OVER A LOSING KCMO LAND DEAL THAT FIZZLED AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT CONFLICTS!!!
Deets . . .
Normally these land buy backs are the most boring aspect of council biz but the purchase merited some investigation and a surprising amount of chatter from the Council this week. Check ordinance #190203 that shows KCMO taking a $300K hit to start with more payback required moving forward.
Not so fun fact . . . This cash is spilling out of the beleaguered Water Department.
An insider warns:
"We've got people who work 60 hours a week coming to public meetings literally crying because they can't pay their water bill but we're throwing away money right and left without any examination. If we want to try and bring water bills under control and make sure there's more accountability for this department -- It starts with closely watching the terms of this kind of deal."
And then it got worse for Council Dude Dan . . .
He seemed to be want to quickly pass the motion.
But then his council friends noted that the pricey City Hall purchase deal is with Port KC . . . Well, Council Dude Dan Fowler is also a commissioner with Port KC as well.
Now, ethics at City Hall is always good for a laugh . . . However, even insiders suggested that it would have been prudent for Councilman Fowler to sit this one out and recuse himself from the discussion given his connections to both sides of this equation.
The aftermath . . .
SHOCKINGLY, THE ROUTINE LAND DEAL WAS SHUT DOWN WITH COLLEAGUES RAISING THEIR EYEBROWS IN COUNCIL DUDE DAN'S GENERAL DIRECTION!!!
We won't jump to any conclusions and we assume that Council Dude Dan's heart is pure.
Council sent this deal back to the Finance Committee for further investigation and probably one closed meeting screaming session. Councilman Fowler has another chance to opt out or keep pressing forward . . . Water bills are likely to continue to skyrocket either way.
More importantly . . . It should be noted that Councilman Dan Fowler is the most vulnerable guy on the 26th floor as Kevin McEvoy is running a hardline RIGHT WING NORTHLAND CAMPAIGN that wants to bring Trump-Style politics to the Council chambers. As the primary looms, it'll be interesting to see if the "conflicted" image of nice guy Dan Fowler holds up against his much meaner opponent.
Developing . . .