Tuesday, July 14, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! NEW KCI BID-RIGGING THREAT CONFRONTS MAYOR & COUNCIL!!!
A controversy over a contract worth 80 MILLION bucks risks Kansas City elected officials flirting with disaster and very dangerous manipulation of New KCI airport bidding behind the scenes.
On Sunday our blog community revealed a scathing letter regarding an EPIC contract that earned the rebuke of the Heavies, Union & urban leaders.
Debate over the contract is worthwhile and there is another side to the story, with the contract winners arguing that they have better minority participation numbers and experience with similar projects. However, the technicalities of airport construction expertise & methodology aren't really the interesting part of this story . . .
Here's the new hotness . . .
INSIDERS FEAR MAYOR & COUNCIL TINKERING AIRPORT CONTRACTS ON BEHALF OF SPECIAL INTERESTS COMES DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO BID-RIGGING!!!
Union honchos seen waltzing into closed session meetings and City Hall departments hassling contractors in service of special interests is raising eyebrows around 12th & Oak . . . Insiders who know how the bidding process is supposed to work are wary of big money "power players" operating so brazenly to challenge contracting decisions whilst taking Mayor & Council along for a treacherous round-trip.
Even more interestingly . . .
Council Lady Teresa Loar is going ON THE RECORD and shares much more cautious and reasoned concerns about the contract disputes.
"We need to be careful about getting too involved in bidding issues," Council member Loar said. "We've already agreed that Edgemoor is supposed to be making these decisions. We're quickly moving toward the final stage of construction and interfering in the process that we've already approved comes with great risk that I'm not willing to entertain."
TKC translation . . .
BID-RIGGING CAN LAND POLITICOS AND POWER PLAYERS IN JAIL!!!
Don't believe TKC about the dangers of this practice and why politicos want to avoid it all cost? Just ask former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick about how seriously the feds take bid-rigging investigations.
To be fair, special interests are allowed to press their case and make demands of elected officials . . . That's their job.
However, politicos tinkering with contracts outside of the bidding process is where things start getting sketchy . . . And dangerous.
And whilst the construction of New KCI now stands in the shadow of coronavirus there remains an important effort to keep airport construction clean and prevent elected officials from tarnishing the biggest project in this town's history.
Developing . . .