A pandemic Summer fight which featured dueling charges of racism and corruption has now (almost) been resolved on the first day of Autumn by Mayor Quinton Lucas.
To wit . . .
MAYOR LUCAS GIVES COUNCIL LADY LOAR TIME OUT!!!
Here's the word from one of the best and most reliable KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS, first in KC:
"Mayor Lucas just released a 3 page letter naming himself as the interim chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee effectively relieving councilwoman Loar from the seat as chair."
We've chronicled this one for months but here's the TLDR . . .
Council Lady Loar got into a beef with her colleague, Council Lady Melissa Robinson. Amid a heated argument over the city owned new dog kennel (lulz) there were allegations of racism. Council Lady Loar was reprimanded by Mayor Lucas and sent to implicit bias training. Last week a council coalition boycotted a T&I meeting and demanded her removal. And today, at long last, Mayor Lucas responded to community pressure and repeated community demands for her removal.
Update: Talker Pete Mundo tweets that this could be the Mayor making a "semi" move - "Hearing that this is temporary and the chairman's position will eventually be handed back to Loar. So then what happens if council members continue to avoid committee meetings with Loar temporarily out?"
Accordingly . . .
HERE'S THE FIRST LOOK AT MAYOR Q'S TIME OUT LETTER!!!
Read closely and tell us if there are any fun lines . . .
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Here's a quick transcription of the relevant passages from the Mayor's letter which he just posted about 30 minutes ago:
"Over recent weeks, all members of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Operations Committee, save one, have expressed concerns to e about the conduct of another committee member or members both during committee meetings and in external work and communications. Heretofore, I have intervened only in a matter pertaining to actions unbefitting of Council conduct before a meeting of the full City Council. Subsequent to the August discussion at full Council, however, several committee members raised additional concerns about “unethical” and “unprofessional” conduct of the chair. The chair has, in turn, raised concerns about “contract intervention” by committee peers. While the committee partnership may not be irretrievably broken, it is obviously materially strained."
"Despite that strain the work of the public remains imperative, particularly as it pertains to the time-sensitive Kansas City International Airport Terminal Modernization Program. Having served on the last Council and on both precursors to this committee, I witnessed how Mayor/Council conflict disserved the best interests of our City and the flying public in Missouri, Kansas, and beyond. I also saw how frustrations, beyond mere disagreements, in our body and among certain City staff distracted at times from substantive questions of how best to proceed in the terminal modernization program. I do not intend to see a return to that time either on this project or in any of the areas under the supervision of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Operations Committee.
"I, with this letter announce that I appoint myself to server on an interim basis as committee chair, effective immediately, and first chairing the committee meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 . . ."
And here's the Mayor's money line about the "time out" and as he imagines that he can make things right and smooth over tensions at 12th & Oak:
"Accordingly, I will expect the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Operations Committee to return to its original constitution in due course assuming our foundation of mutual professional respect is rebuilt and without subsequent palace intrigue."
Good luck with all that . . .
Developing . . .