Tuesday, August 20, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS CALLS OUT EXEC FRANK WHITE IN EPIC ELEVATOR CRISIS SOCIAL MEDIA SLAP FIGHT!!!
Worthwhile push back from a Midtown politico re-posted from the comments.
More importantly and on the record . . .
CHECK CRYSTAL WILLIAMS BASHING THE JACKSON COUNTY EXEC'S EGO IN THIS EPIC SCREED!!!
Jackson County, MO Legislator Crystal Williams, Second District At-Large
Good morning good people of Jackson County,
First, I must preface this message with an acknowledgement that our county executive has chastised members of the legislature (me) with using social media to discuss county issues. I make no apologies for communicating with my constituents, and I don't have a communications department I can weaponize at my leisure. This is the tool available to me.
The feuds rage on at Jackson County, fueled by ego and animus. This time it's over extensive repairs needed for the Downtown Jackson County Courthouse. I purposefully only use titles in this message, because I'm not intending to ramp up the animosity. I'm trying to explain to my constituents what the hell is going on, as far as I understand, right now. Sigh.
The presiding judge, Hon. Judge Byrn is justifiably angry, because a number of courtrooms and court offices are seriously damamged, caused by broken pipes many months ago, but have yet to be repaired. The process by which the elevators are repaired and modernized after a below ground water main break is moving at a snails pace. Those bids probably sat on desks for weeks while people tinkered with the particulars, including front and back opening elevator doors. The judge's frustration is understandable. The Jackson County Courthouse needs to serve the people of this county, and right now she's not doing that very well.
Apparently, the county executive is mad because the judge dared to bring these issues to the forefront and press for resolution. We're all supposed to pretend everything is wonderful, even though for a number of days we were down to one public elevator for a building accommodating approximately 2,000 people a day. A tall building. This work is the responsibility of the executive branch, yet I've seen press releases suggesting that the delays are everyone's fault but the executive branch. Now the executive wants to be able to suspend the competitive bid process in an emergency...a week after he issued a veto on an ordinance (which I voted against) which would basically wipe out the bid process. Keep in mind these jobs are worth millions, and JaCo has not been celebrated for transparency. Not to mention helping the friends of electeds realize millions off the county taxpayers. (Wait until the state audit is released later this year).
At some point, leaders need to lead and stop blaming others. The legislature has appropriated every dime requested to fix these problems. The executive now blames our MBE/WBE process for the latest delay, because the only company that bid for the elevator replacements didn't meet the legal standards.
For the past three miserable months the executive has insisted he must follow state law, (which has been ignored throughout the state for decades) while absolutely terrifying thousands of county residents over assessments, but is now bitching that it's the legislatures' fault the county followed our law by kicking out an unqualified bidder. So, apparently we're picking and choosing laws we follow according to the whims of leadership.
Sounds like another day at JaCo.
You decide . . .