Right now the nation is prepping for one of the darkest seasons we've endured in the modern era and Kansas City confronts a myriad of challenges that threaten bankruptcy and worse . . . Amid this crisis, Northland council members take time to try and name a street after one of their buddies.
To wit . . .
NORTHLAND COUNCIL MEMBERS PUSH 'TROY SCHULTE WAY' SURPRISE TRIBUTE ON KANSAS CITY!!!
Inside word . . .
"This council is completely dysfunctional. It's like one hand doesn't know what the other is doing and everyone is out for themselves. They should have known better and it's a shame that they don't have people advising them."
Check the preliminary note from Council Lady Hall's aide hoping for a fun street party . . .
"Tomorrow, December 17, 2020 at 11:30 in front of the north entrance of City Hall the City will be honoring former City Manager Troy Schulte for his years of service to the City of Kansas City, Missouri. We would be honored to have you in attendance. Hope to see you tomorrow. Councilwoman Hall, Councilman Fowler and Councilman O’Neill."
This might be a snub to the current, controversial city manager and the mayor OR it might be just a bit of tribute to their old friend now working across the street.
Either way, the mayor didn't seem pleased . . .
Accordingly, check the response from Mayor Q as his note references the flaw in procedure his overall objections . . .
Re: Street Renaming/Honorary or Otherwise Should Have Full Council Approval
It's come to our attention that there will be a ceremony based on a street renaming of 11th St. in front of City Hall for our former City Manager. From all whom I've heard from, this comes as a surprise to most of the Council (and myself). I would recommend we hold providing such an honor until Council--in full--has the opportunity to vote on such a designation, or at the very least, some conversation is had with council members from the district in which the designation is made. If necessary, I will introduce legislation codifying such a requirement as a requirement to such a designation, including the one set for tomorrow.
In terms of the commission/s used, the street naming commission's primary role is naming of new streets that are not part of the parks system, not renaming or placing designations on streets without notice to the Council as a whole--particularly running in front of our nearly 90-year old City Hall. For example, our colleague, Councilwoman Robinson went through a Council resolution earlier this year, passed unanimously, to name an existing bridge in her home (3rd) District for former Councilwoman Carol Coe. That same process should be used here. And, unlike in the prior example, the public infrastructure to be renamed at least sat in her own district.
I respect our former City Manager, as I do former Mayors James, and former manager Cauthen, who all are worthy of recognition (but have none yet), but who we should formally recognize not through procedures hidden from Council, but in a resolution or some fair process that the city broadly signs onto.
I don't know why Carol Coe needs a resolution in front of all us, but our former Manager can just get something pushed through staff.
I'd hope supporters reconsider the designation, at least as to the procedure used, to spare this Council and the City of further public discussion of this when we have other important topics to discuss before the public such as addressing Fire, infrastructure, budget, and other issues, respectfully, inherited from the former manager's tenure.
And so . . .
All of this petty street naming talk reveals that quite a few members of council don't really seem to understand the dire circumstances confronting Kansas City in the very near future and it's pretty much business as usual at 12th & Oak.
Developing . . .