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!!!

Checkit:

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.
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You decide . . . 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

First, vendors don’t like working for the county because they take a long time to pay. The question should be why would only one company bid if the job was that lucrative.

Second, elevator work is very specialized and really only two major companies can service elevators so not sure why they didn’t bid in the process, or if they did, why weren’t they picked even if it meant more but getting the job done right.

Third the city just modernized their elevators at city hall. The County should have been able to get a deal piggybacking on this contract.

Fourth, the building is 80 years old. Money should be set aside annually for upkeep. This includes replacing things before they break. This includes elevators, water pipes, roof, electrical and so forth.

Rahsaan Scamamoochi said...

Wonder who Frank might be returning a favor with the no-bid ordnance. Maybe someone who donated to his housing fund to prevent foreclosure.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday's county legislative meeting ought to be mandatory viewing. Frank White whined and whined about getting blamed for things not being done right at the county, like he isn't responsible for assuring things are getting done right as the county executive. We've fallen far from the days of the buck stops here with Harry Truman.

Anonymous said...

How did Frank White ever play baseball when he's got no balls?

Anonymous said...

Deweaponize Frank's communicates department. Pull the plug on funding it and put the money saved toward fixing the elevators.

Anonymous said...

Crystal Williams how about you just shutting the hell up? You freeload off the system just as much as anyone else and do as little as possible same as all the others so stop acting all high and mighty here. Go have a cocktail and be quite.

Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of hers, but she's right on here. Frank White is a Whiny Ass Bitch!

Anonymous said...

5:47 Watched it online. Frank White is a bitch. Screw him. He took the job and has failed at it miserably. Then has the nerve to cry about being criticized for doing a crap job.

It's called accountability A-hole.

To quote Truman, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

With all the major issues that are confronting residents of the county,most of which have been caused by incompetence, and Williams picks the elevator malfunctions as priority number one?
Hard-hitting public policy work here!
Any bathrooms without enough toilet paper?
What a clown show!
Hahahahahaha!!

Anonymous said...

What a shit show Frank White is running. That jackass he's got running public works couldn't have been more disrespectful toward the judge. Can't believe no one called him out for being such a punk.

Anonymous said...

7:06 So what do you do in a 15 story building if all the elevators aren't working, genius? SIX MONTHS and Frank F-up and all his F-ups can't even get the repair work started on the elevators and courtrooms.

Anonymous said...

Crystal's a wine-fueled girl-power clown show, but she's right about this.

Anonymous said...

I think beyond all of the pettiness. There is a serious safety issue. If people had to get out of the building rather quickly, what in the world would they do without a huge panic. I think the whole building needs to be condemned at least temporarily, except for Frank and Caleb. they should have to be sentenced to stay in there day and night until it is fixed. Sounds like a good movie of a slum lord played by Joe Pesci. And by the way Frank, We will start a go fund me page so your taxes on your house get payed again.

Anonymous said...

There is inadequate egress in that building, namely FINANCE on the 1st FLOOR, and NO fire sprinklers - HELLO - and nothing about the elevators meets code and NO ONE in the entire state of Missouri seems to care because the entire place should NOT be open to the public AT ALL AND IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SINCE THE COUNTY ADOPTED THE 2009 IBC!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What jackass in their right mind would even entertain the thought of two way door elevators into courtrooms without a SPRINKLER SYSTEM SPRINKLER SYSTEM SPRINKLER SYSTEM and ELEVATOR LOBBIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And why is the state of Missouri and Kansas City using 2012 codes but the county is still using 2009 codes? County should at least be using 2012 for yrs now. Maybe they should adopt the 2018 codes! Oh what difference does it make. Who needs building codes when you dont ever inspect your buildings anyway. Stupid codes and life safety, totally gets in the way

Anonymous said...

But that would mean having to be proactive instead of reactive! And what about how the inside of the elevators will look???????!!

Anonymous said...

704, ftw! Frank is indeed a whiny bitch who is collecting a salary that he does not earn. #firefrank