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Admittedly we are a few days early in providing this information, but with the next Olathe City Council Meeting scheduled in less than 24 hours to discuss their voter approved 30% tax increase, we feel compelled to share what we can prove as factual.

August 6, 2013 Olathe City Council publically discusses this proposed tax increase during a total of 5 min and 20 sec (we apologize for both the quality of video and audio, we work with and are thankful for what we can access): 

The Agenda  http://www.olatheks.org/Council/Agenda/2013-08-06  refers to item Sales+Tax+Election+for+Street+Preservation+CAI which states:

“Shall the City of Olathe, Kansas, pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 12-187, be authorized to levy a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) special purpose citywide retailers’ sales tax within the City of Olathe, Kansas; such additional tax, if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, to take effect on April 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law,  and to end ten years after its commencement on March 31, 2024; the revenue from the additional tax to be used for the sole purpose of financing in whole or in part with any other funds, the cost of repairing, rebuilding and rehabilitating streets in the City of Olathe (the “Street Preservation Program”); such program shall include the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of street pavement, curb and gutters, sidewalks and such other work as is necessary to maintain, repair and renew city streets; and be in addition to the one and one-eighth percent (1.125%) citywide retailers’ sales tax currently levied within the City?”

Do you see anything about adding bike paths?

After the lawful vote, this approved Ordinance went to the JoCo Election Office 13-32

“Shall the City of Olathe Kansas, pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 12-187, be authorized to levy a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) special purpose citywide retailers’ sales tax within the City of Olathe, Kansas; such additional tax, if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, to take effect on April I, 2014, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law, and to end ten years after its commencement on March 31, 2024; the revenue from the additional tax be used for the sole purpose of financing, in whole or in part with any other funds, the cost of repairing, rebuilding, rehabilitating, upgrading and improving streets in the City of Olathe (the “Street Maintenance Program”); such program shall include the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of street pavement, curb and gutters, sidewalks and such other work as is necessary to maintain, repair, renew, upgrade and improve city streets; and be in addition to the one and oneeighth percent (1.125.%) citywide retailers’ sales tax currently levied within the City?”

As previously posted http://nolathe.net/2013/11/09/truth-in-political-advertising-long-gone/ there are two different wordings.

Missing words

Furthermore the City of Olathe website discribed the ballot as-

Olathe Wording

While the Johnson County Election Office described it as

Ballot Wording

Again, the change of two words makes a major difference.

NOlathe (NO back into Olathe equals NOlathe) has placed several Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) requests to discover the following from the City of Olathe.  Resulting in many fact disclosures  Dunwoody

We now know that during an unrecorded meeting August 5 (day before the vote) changes in the wording was discussed.  We now know that pressure from Council members Vogt and Randall changed the language the day of August 6 to include “bike paths”.

Vogt nada

Vogt yes

Randall.1

Randall.2

We now know the actual Ordinance was not read in public view prior to the vote.  We believe the Council members did in fact vote on an Ordinance that was not made public prior to, during but only after their vote.  Fast foreward two months just prior to the Election.  The City of Olathe put bike paths paid through increased taxes on the ballot without telling the electorate.

City of Olathe encouraged the electorate to go here:

http://www.olatheks.org/News/2013/OctoberReleases

and here:

http://www.olatheks.org/StreetSalesTax

Why?:

One needs to look no further than:  http://marc.org/About-MARC/General-Information/Board-of-Directors.aspx

MARC Transportation  goals:  http://marc.org/Transportation/Special-Projects/Regional-Initiatives/Complete-Streets

Who?:

MARC Chair Marge Vogt:  Olathe City Council

MARC Second Vice Chair Ed Peterson:  JoCo Commissioner (running for JoCo Commision Chair 2014)

Some in the media say NOlathe wears a “tin hat”.   You look, you decide please.  Before it’s too late.

Agenda 21 (United Nations) is alive and well in your back yard.

This will be updated once The City of Olathe completes KORA requests yet unanswered and following The Councils Meeting scheduled Noverember 19, 2013 to discuss this topic.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                                     GOD
Henpecked Acres                                 
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

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During a nearly secret and unrecorded meeting held off county property in February 2011, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and without a recorded vote, abolished a long-standing county service of providing written transcripts of all official Commissioner meetings.  On March 3, 2011 NOlathe offered to pay the estimated $500 per week to continue this policy.  As seen here the county refused our offer making it clear their object was to prevent transparency and accountability.

3.8.2011

During this debate we notified the county that without written transcripts they would be in violation of The Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  The county would be forcing the deaf community to listen to an audio recording of county business.  All to no avail, transcripts were recorded history.

Approximately three months later, Chairman Eilert through The Johnson County Sun newspaper announced he had just resolved a long time problem by providing Closed Captioning to the Video/Audio recordings and provide access by the deaf community.  This was previously posted on NOlathe as http://nolathe.net/2011/06/18/joco-bocc-chairman-eilert-you-are-a-liar/  Yep, one of many times I have referred to Overland Park’s hero as a liar.

With rumors afloat that the Commissioners have funded Transcripts for year 2014 intrigued me so I looked at each video from September 5, 2013 back to March 3, 2011.  In full disclosure looking at each video meant verifying there was a video/audio record (surprised to find many meetings lacked such) then randomly selecting some point well in to the meeting and view 30 to 60 seconds to wait for closed captioning.  Found several in late 2011 and early 2012 that had a rapid captioning too quick to read and the audio was silenced, those failed.  Here are the summaries by year.

2011- From March 3 through year end there were 143 meetings.  Of that only 32 (22.4%) included closed captioning.  Not counting the 52 meetings that occurred prior to Eilert’s announcement brings the 32 up to 35.2% ADA compliant.

2012- Total meetings were 129 of which 33 (25.6%) were ADA compliant

2013- Year to date there have been 87 meetings of which 14 (16.1%) were ADA compliant.

Conclusions- County Government under the Eilert Administration with concurrence by vote and/or lack of confrontation by the other commissioners combined with a County Manager nearing retirement and willing to do anything, continues our path to non-sovernity as a county, a state and a nation.

Actions- Folks often warn me about being too open.  But how do you launch a plan regarding openness and keep it a secret?  I believe the courts would consider myself and others that warned the county about these results as folks “with standing”.  Or we could get the Kansas School for the Deaf http://www.ksdeaf.org/ just down the street from our Emperor’s Palace to file a law suit for ADA Federal violations.  When right and wrong no longer works, maybe humiliation and money will.

Here are the results by year, by meeting.

Date Time Type Location Video ADA Compliant  
9/5/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/5/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/29/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/29/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/22/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/22/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/15/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/15/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/8/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/8/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/1/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/1/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/1/2013 10:15 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/1/2013 10:00 AM Public Building Commission Chambers Closed Captioned
7/29/2013 7:00 PM Hearing Chambers Closed Captioned
7/25/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/25/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/25/2013 9:30 AM PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/18/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/18/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/11/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/11/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/1/2013 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/27/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/27/2013 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/20/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/20/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/20/2013 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/13/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/13/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/13/2013 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/6/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/6/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/6/2013 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
5/30/2013 10:30 AM Board of Public Health Chambers Closed Captioned
5/30/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/30/2013 10:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/30/2013 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
5/23/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/23/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/16/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/16/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/9/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/9/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/2/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/2/2013 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/2/2013 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
4/25/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/25/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/25/2013 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/18/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/18/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/18/2013 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
4/11/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/11/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/4/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/4/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/4/2013 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/28/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/28/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/21/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/21/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/14/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/14/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/7/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/7/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/28/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/28/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/21/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/21/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/14/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/14/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/14/2013 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
2/7/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/7/2013 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/7/2013 10:00 AM Public Building Commission Chambers Closed Captioned
1/31/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/31/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/31/2013 9:30 AM PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/24/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/24/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/17/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/17/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/17/2013 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
1/14/2013 10:00 AM Special BOCC Chambers Closed Captioned
1/10/2013 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/10/2013 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
Date Time Type Location Video ADA Compliant   
12/20/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/13/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/13/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
12/6/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/6/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
11/29/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/29/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
11/29/2012 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
11/15/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/8/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/8/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
11/1/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/1/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/25/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/25/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/18/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/18/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/11/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/11/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/11/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
10/4/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/4/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/4/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/27/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/27/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/20/2012 10:30 AM Board of Public Health Chambers Closed Captioned
9/20/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/20/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/13/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/13/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/13/2012 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/6/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/6/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/30/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/30/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/30/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/23/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/23/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/16/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/16/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/9/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/9/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/2/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/2/2012 10:15 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/2/2012 10:05 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/2/2012 10:00 AM Public Building Commission Chambers Closed Captioned
7/26/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/26/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/26/2012 9:30 AM PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/26/2012 2:35 PM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
7/23/2012 7:00 PM Hearing Chambers Closed Captioned
7/19/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/19/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/19/2012 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/12/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/12/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/12/2012 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
7/5/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/5/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/2/2012 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/28/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/28/2012 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/28/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/28/2012 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
6/21/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/21/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/21/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/21/2012 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/14/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/14/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/14/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
6/7/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
6/7/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
6/7/2012 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
5/31/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/31/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/31/2012 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
5/24/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/24/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/10/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/10/2012 3:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
5/3/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
5/3/2012 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
5/3/2012 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
4/26/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/26/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/26/2012 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
4/26/2012 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/19/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/19/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/12/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/12/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/5/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
4/5/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
4/5/2012 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/29/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/29/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/29/2012 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/22/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/22/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/22/2012 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/15/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/15/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/15/2012 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/8/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/8/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
3/8/2012 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
3/1/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
3/1/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/23/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/23/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/16/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/16/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/9/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/9/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/9/2012 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
2/2/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
2/2/2012 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
2/2/2012 10:00 AM Public Building Commission Chambers Closed Captioned
1/26/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/26/2012 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/26/2012 10:00 AM PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/26/2012 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
1/19/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/19/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/19/2012 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
1/19/2012 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/12/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/12/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
1/5/2012 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
1/5/2012 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
Date Time Type Location Video ADA Compliant   
12/15/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/15/2011 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
12/8/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/8/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
12/8/2011 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
12/1/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
12/1/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
12/1/2011 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
11/17/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/17/2011 2:00 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
11/17/2011 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
11/17/2011 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
11/10/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/10/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
11/10/2011 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
11/3/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
11/3/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/27/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/27/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/20/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/20/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/13/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/13/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/13/2011 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
10/13/2011 1:35 PM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
10/6/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
10/6/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
10/6/2011 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/29/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/29/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/29/2011 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/29/2011 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/22/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/22/2011 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/22/2011 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/22/2011 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
9/15/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/15/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/15/2011 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/15/2011 9:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/8/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/8/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
9/8/2011 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/8/2011 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
9/1/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
9/1/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/25/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/25/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/25/2011 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/18/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/18/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/11/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/11/2011 10:00 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/11/2011 10:30 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/11/2011 10:00 AM Special PBC Chambers Closed Captioned
8/4/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
8/4/2011 10:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
8/4/2011 10:05 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
8/4/2011 10:00 AM Public Building Commission Chambers Closed Captioned
8/4/2011 10:30 AM Special PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/28/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/28/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/28/2011 1:30 PM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
7/28/2011 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Chambers Closed Captioned
7/28/2011 9:30 AM PBC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/25/2011 7:30 PM Hearing Chambers Closed Captioned
7/25/2011 7:00 PM Hearing Chambers Closed Captioned
7/21/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/21/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/14/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/14/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
7/7/2011 9:30 AM Board of County Commissioners Chambers Closed Captioned
7/7/2011 9:30 AM BOCC Agenda Review Chambers Closed Captioned
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During a Johnson County Board of County Commissioners’ Agenda Review Meeting held August 22, 2013 regarding the proposed 5 year extension of the county’s Waste Management Program presentation August 29, 2013 Agenda, the vote would be delayed because of this 47 second video-

During a Johnson County Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting held August 29, 2013 regarding the proposed 5 year extension of the county’s Waste Management Program, now the vote was delayed because of this 47 second video-

In typical chrony-capitalistic style Chairman Eilert and Commissioners Allen and Peterson have masterfully constructed a million dollar reward to a significant county campaign contributor under their guise of saving the planet.  And they can do so by not raising taxes, only raising fees for service.

Three other Commissioners were present at both meetings and witnessed this firey DEPENDS and we should have had a mud fight to extinguish the Chairman’s smoke.  All sat quietly and the county was burned again.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                        GOD
Henpecked Acres                          One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062 (
913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com

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Mark Twain “Wait five minutes.”

Politician “Vote for proposition XX”.

Shawn Dietrich “Study earth’s history”.

So they are telling me that we have had global warming up until 400 years ago that was equivalent to what we have right now?  And then all of a sudden we had global cooling for the last 400 years that covered those plants in ice?  This is an inconvenient truth is it not?  I wonder if Al Gore will address this issue on why there were plants 400 years ago exactly where there is a glacier melting today?  But then again the center of the earth is several million degrees as seen here.

http://www.examiner.com/article/400-year-old-plants-showing-signs-of-new-growth-shock-scientists

Shawn Dietrich

Start with the premise that where ever you find an oil based substance, it was once (or several times) covered with water, mainly sea water.  The Permian Basin in West Texas extended the Gulf of Mexico not less than three times North to modern day Wyoming and beyond.

Whether you believe in Creation or Evolution, the documentable patterns of warming and cooling cycles has long been geologically proven without question.  IT IS SCIENTIFIC FACT.

While politicians blame all our problems on mankind,  “If you don’t like the weather……Vote for proposition XX.”

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                      
GOD
Henpecked Acres                                           One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com

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I am reminded back when schools had chalk boards and student hall monitors.  In seventh grade, Drake Junior High School somewhere in Colorado, I think it was Math Class, the student sitting behind me was only known at the time as George.  He found great pleasure in leaning forward (out of teacher’s view) and “flicking” the back of my right ear.  Never the left, always the right.  The students behind him would chuckle and become silent when the teacher turned.

Not sure how long I put up with this, but eventually I turned and spoke those immortal words “choose ya!”  That meant we were going to have a fight and George got to pick the time and place.  After class and walking down some steps the “tennis courts during lunch” was agreed.  There we were, swinging like professionals for about 5 minutes without either landing a punch.  With neither hurt and growing tired, a teacher broke us up and off to the Vice-Principal’s Office we went to await parental pick-up.

George and I were casual friends through out high school and only recently learned that we served in Vietnam at about the same time.  Today I would trust George Beard with my life.  Amazing how things work out.

In 2008 when I became politically active, I noticed that Johnson County, Kansas had been “flicking” my ears (both of them).  And in 2011 out came those same words “choose ya!”.  This fight would be in the courts of public opinion and the courts of justice.

Fighters always have a “corner person” with expertise in cuts and swelling.  Johnson County folks have been busy.  But let me add at this point that the “go to work 40 hours a week” folks have always treated me with respect and courtesy.  This is not about the “career civil servants” that do as instructed and led.

During the nearly unanimous decision in our favor, the judges ruled entirely in our favor regarding “redistricting” of the County Districts.  We contended that with four of the six Districts representing The City of Overland Park (plus the chairperson elected at-large) left The City of Overland Park with potentially 5 of 7 votes on any issue.  Toe to toe with The County Commission ruled cities don’t count (recorded in previous postings).  The ten year review of the County Home Rule Charter counted me down for the count.  Although bloodied, we stood and counter punched, an ear “flick” of our own so to speak.

On the agenda for July 18, 2013.

7.18.13 Redistricting

Redistricting criteria

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                               
GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                     One Nation
14850 W. 159th St. Olathe, Ks.
66062 (913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com

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Johnson County got a deal on King Louie. Turning it into a national suburbia museum won’t be a bargain

Turning King Louie into a national museum won’t be a bargain.

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Photo by Sabrina Staires

Mindi Love has an encyclopedic memory of Johnson County’s history. Off the top of her head, she can say what year Country Club Plaza developer J.C. Nichols completed his studies at the old Olathe High School.

As she leads a tour through the narrow corridors of the Johnson County Museum of History’s cramped Shawnee house, she summons facts about Johnson County and offers context for its suburban past, from the time it was settled through the post–World War II development boom that would eventually make it one of the country’s most affluent counties.

Some exhibits in the museum are generic — the faux raspberries and potatoes that demonstrate the once-agrarian nature of Johnson County. Some are sobering — the exhibit that covers deed restrictions, which sought to keep out blacks and Jews and Syrians in some of Johnson County’s developing neighborhoods unless they were there as servants.

Love has been the director of the Johnson County Museum since 2000, and for all of that time she has worked in its 19,000-square-foot building at 6305 Lackman Road. It’s not as easy to spot from the road as the nearby Target-anchored shopping development, off Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 435, but it attracts about 30,000 visitors a year.

Many of those museumgoers are children, whose smaller size is an advantage here. Exhibits line hallways not much wider than those found in an average residence.

“You can’t give a tour to a large group of people,” Love says. “Can you imagine a group of 90 third-graders in here?”

On the day she leads The Pitch through the museum, her voice competes with the din of children clattering through various interactive exhibits designed to give young people a simulation of 20th-century suburban life.

But the museum has more problems than a high decibel level. For one, it’s largely static. Its main feature is an exhibit called “Seeking the Good Life,” which was erected in the late 1990s after a fundraising campaign. It remains mostly unchanged.

The gallery devoted to rotating exhibitions is a space the size of an average home’s dining room. At the moment, it’s taken up by a show of editorial cartoons by Bob Bliss, of the defunct Johnson County Sun newspaper. (One of them takes a jab at Johnson County’s bus system, depicting a Jo bus with two people in it and the caption “The Jo’s ridership doubles!”)

It also has flooding problems. The building’s foundation kept rainwater out during a modest May 30 storm, but a 2009 downpour damaged exhibits and records in the basement. That event accelerated the county’s search for a new Johnson County Museum space.

Love may be on her way to getting that wish, if the county remakes the museum in the old King Louie West building, in Overland Park.

Johnson County bought the dormant bowling alley in 2011, and the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year contemplates spending more than $5 million to ready the dilapidated building for use. The museum is calling for another $5 million in the following year’s budget to remake King Louie in the museum’s image.

The Johnson County Museum Foundation also wants to raise $2 million for new exhibits in time for a Johnson County Museum opening at King Louie in 2017.

That’s a big goal for a small foundation.

The nonprofit fundraising arm of the Johnson County Museum has raised $23,000–$38,000 a year since 2007, according to the most recent tax records available.

Love says those records don’t include grants that flow through the county books. One such grant: a $120,000 stipend to study a 2011 interpretive plan for what a future museum would look like. Another study was done to explore the feasibility of raising $2 million in time to get the museum moved into King Louie by 2017.

That study purports to describe how the foundation might grow from a five-figure fundraiser to a seven-figure one. Larry Meeker, president of the foundation, declined to share that study with The Pitch. He says: “The bottom line is, we’ve settled on a very doable plan for moving in, building a base for further fundraising starting with a base of $2 million to freshen things up, get us moved in [to King Louie] and, if all goes well there, begin the fundraising for expanding the fundraising.”

The expanded fundraising that Meeker is talking about would move the foundation toward a much bigger goal: Putting together another concept museum that backers want at King Louie, the National Museum of Suburbia and Suburban Policy Forum.

The museum would pay homage to the phenomenon of suburban sprawl, cul-de-sacs, The Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan, and other testaments to the out-migration from urban centers.

To do that — and to develop a museum that may have to sustain itself — the museum would have to raise almost $10 million on its own.

The Johnson County Museum today receives more than $600,000 a year from the county to support its operations.

“I’m firmly convinced, no doubt in my mind whatsoever, that this is a good idea,” Meeker tells The Pitch. “That it is something that will be acted upon at some point in the future, here or somewhere else.”

Others don’t envision a Johnson County–based national suburbia museum as a slam dunk.

“If activities can be fully funded by the private sector, that’s good,” says Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert. “I think it’s a concept that, if it were to happen, needs a lot more work. I hate to discourage somebody who is thinking outside of the box. There are realities to making those kinds of concepts come to pass. It’s going to be very, very difficult.”


Eilert insists that Johnson County didn’t buy King Louie to house a national museum of suburbia.  (NOlathe note: 2011 documents and video transcripts previously posted show “suburbia museum” was the major factor in purchasing a property that must be sold prior to 2012.  Interviews with The Wallstreet Journal confirmed and documented in 2012.)

But the county’s decision to buy the property at 8788 Metcalf raised eyebrows among those who pay attention to Johnson County politics.

Built in 1959, the 70,000-square-foot King Louie is the sort of structure that local officials call, perhaps euphemistically, “iconic.”

Its architecture, then and now, seems more like a ski chalet in Loveland, Colorado, than a bowling alley. But, with its dozens of lanes and its ice-skating rink, the place was a popular suburban destination for decades, until it fell on hard times in the late 2000s.

The building was owned by Western Development Co., a Shawnee real-estate entity controlled by John Mitchell, who lives near the Country Club Plaza. By the end of its life as a teen hangout, the building was riddled with codes violations, ranging from an assortment of electrical hazards to frozen sprinkler pipes to chicken wire covering exterior windows. It closed for business in 2009 and went up for sale.

Not long after, Johnson County staffers started looking around for a new museum site.

King Louie was on the county’s shortlist, but Mitchell’s $3.5 million asking price seemed exorbitant. The bargain shoppers at the county crossed the bowling alley off the list and moved on, exploring dozens of possibilities for the new museum site, mostly in the 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot range (with an eye to an eventual expansion).

Among the six locations toured by county officials was the developing Lenexa City Center at 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard. Former Johnson County Commissioner Doug Wood wanted to combine the museum with the Oak Park Branch of the Johnson County Library. None of the ideas gained consensus.

Then King Louie’s sellers, who were represented by real-estate firm Kessinger/Hunter, lowered the asking price to $2.5 million and indicated a willingness to perhaps go down even further. Joe Waters, director of facilities for Johnson County, brought the idea of buying the discounted King Louie to the Johnson County Board of Commissioners in November 2011. He said the sellers wanted to close the deal by the end of 2011 for tax purposes.

So the Johnson County Commission did Western Development Co. a solid and voted to have the building purchased by the end of 2011 — just one week after the deal was first presented.

Commissioners, concerned that the upcoming holidays would prevent a December quorum, quickly voted November 17 to buy the building for $1.95 million; they also voted to allocate another $1.6 million to protect the building from the elements. Then–Johnson County Commissioner David Lindstrom, whom Kessinger/Hunter employed in the 1970s and ’80s, was among those who voted to approve the purchase.  (NOlathe note: Commissioners voted when to purchase this property without concensus of how to pay for it.)

Western Development’s $193,000 mortgage on the property, dating back to 2003, was paid off shortly after Johnson County Commissioners voted to approve the deal.  (NOlathe note: NOlathe contends the purchase contract was used as a ‘bankable note’ to acquire funds to release the mortgage providing a clear document prior to JoCo’s purchase).  The $1.95 million initially came from the county’s reserve fund, basically a savings account for the county government to pay for unexpected costs such as, say, a damaging ice storm.

A loan was later taken from UMB Bank to replenish the reserve fund, as rating agencies were warning governments about keeping up adequate reserve levels.

Michael Ashcraft, a Johnson County commissioner whose district largely covers Olathe and Lenexa, had reservations about the way the building was bought and the county’s plans for it.

Johnson County was still in belt-tightening mode from a deep recession. Officials had begun publicly contemplating closing libraries and cutting staff across various departments — only to throw seven figures at a building for a possible county museum.

“I really have become much more ardent and much more concerned about the acquisition,” Ashcraft tells The Pitch. “Before, I was willing to talk about it and learn and see what the deal was. I had hesitancy at first. I’m just not in the game in terms of being a supporter of it. I think there are lots of other things we can do to support the museum and the history of Johnson County. The acquisition of a facility like that — because we had no plan and we’re trying to make a plan, we’re trying to rationalize the acquisition now to put a bus stop there or a bus park there and move other agencies in there. It’s like, no wonder people question how we do government when we make acquisitions like this and we don’t have a clear direction and clear utility for precious resources.”

Ashcraft would rather send resources to Johnson County Developmental Supports, which assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). The cost to serve someone needing that type of assistance is $35,000–$40,000 a year, with 60 percent covered by the feds. The waiting list for services is a lengthy six to eight years.

“I like museums,” Ashcraft tells The Pitch. “We’ve got limited resources. That [IDD] population is the gold standard.”

Eilert says the county bought the right building at the right price.

“I had a chance encounter with a local real-estate developer on an airplane flight to D.C.,” he says. “This individual was going to look at some property on the East Coast, and the story was in the newspaper a day or two earlier. He said, ‘I’ve been watching that property,’ and he said, ‘You got a heck of a deal.’ “


The old King Louie building won’t house just the Johnson County Museum. It’s expected to become the new advance voting center, replacing the location at Metcalf South Mall, which is due to be razed for redevelopment.

It’s also expected to have space for the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a business incubator hosted by the county that pays $200,000 in rent to Lenexa. Other county agencies might move in, too.

It’s not certain whether the proposed National Museum of Suburbia, coupled with a scholarly Suburban Policy Institute, would take space in King Louie.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, is home to the National Center for Suburban Studies. It’s seen as the pre-eminent location for academic research into suburbia and related issues, such as problems associated with planning and redeveloping aging suburban towns. Few other academic programs for suburban studies exist outside Hofstra other than an on-again, off-again center at the University of California–Riverside.

Christopher Niedt, academic director for Hofstra’s center, says the concept of a suburban museum has to extend beyond sentimentality.

“It also needs to be about more than suburban nostalgia,” he says. “It has to ask hard questions about what was good and what was bad about suburban living.”

There hasn’t been a market study or a feasibility study to determine the demand for a national museum of suburbia in Johnson County. A 2011 master plan for the idea envisions theatrical exhibitions; re-creations of old suburban model homes, such as Sears & Roebuck houses; and maybe an “interpretive car wash experience.” Installing all of this would cost, the plan says, about $7.7 million.

The plan predicts 60,000 visitors a year and goes on to describe that figure as a conservative estimate. But no source is cited for that guess. Ticket prices would range from $2 to $6 a person (the Johnson County Museum doesn’t charge for admission), with projected revenue of $193,000. Food sales, museum-store income and fundraising events — and $1 million in county operational support — raise the plan’s total projected revenue to $1.5 million a year.

Steve Klika, a Johnson County commissioner whose district covers the southeastern corner of the county, doesn’t see the concept as viable. Klika, who was elected to the commission after the purchase of King Louie, says, “I know when I ran for election … there was zero support for trying to promote this.”

Museum officials say they’re not really analyzing the prospects for a national-scope museum yet. They’re more focused on raising the $2 million necessary to help move the current museum out of Shawnee and into the King Louie building.

“I wouldn’t say we’re on the back burner,” says Love, director of the Johnson County Museum. “It certainly wouldn’t be realistic for us to raise $10 million in three years.”

The last major fundraising campaign for the Johnson County Museum, from 1996 to 1998, to build the current “Seeking the Good Life” exhibit, raised $800,000.

And though the Johnson County Museum’s fundraising drive to move to King Louie hasn’t started in earnest yet, it’s likely to face competition from another museum in Johnson County.

Fred Merrill Jr. is developing the Museum of Prairiefire, at LionsGate, a mixed-use project at 135th Street and Nall Avenue that includes a museum. It would book traveling exhibitions from New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

Merrill has established a foundation to support the museum via donations. Its campaign aims to raise $5 million–$6 million. Merrill says the campaign has reached about 20 percent of that goal. “It just takes a lot of work when you’re raising money for something,” he says.

Whether the work would be worthwhile for a national museum of suburbia, given the absent analysis of demand, is anyone’s guess. But Ashcraft and other county commissioners remain ambivalent.

“Is that a venue that would draw me or my family repeatedly?” Ashcraft says. “I’m not seeing that. I may be surprised.”

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FOIL HATS AND THE UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21 TAKE-OVER of AMERICA.

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), then called the National Service to Regional Councils (NSRC), was created in 1965 by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties to respond to the professional and legislative needs of America’s emerging, multi-purpose, multi-jurisdictional organizations of local governments. By 1967, the more than 350 Regional Councils in the country were at the forefront of forging regional alliances for the purpose of addressing common, multi-jurisdictional challenges. These organizations are known as regional planning agencies, development districts and councils of governments, among other names. It was in 1967 that NARC became an independent entity for regions.

Today, Regional Councils have retained their identity but their role has changed dramatically. Of the more than 500 Regional Councils throughout the country, some include Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).  At least 350 MPOs have been established to serve as urban regional transportation entities in areas with a population of 50,000 or more. Some MPOs are extensions of Regional Councils, and slightly more than half are stand-alone organizations responsible for fulfilling federal and state metropolitan transportation planning requirements. A board of elected officials and other community leaders typically governs each Regional Council and MPO.

NARC supports its membership by advocating and representing their interests on national issues, with the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. The function of the Regional Council and the MPO has been shaped by changing dynamics in federal, state and local government relations, and the recognition that the region is the arena in which local governments must work together to address challenges – social, economic, workforce, transportation, emergency preparedness, environmental and others. Additionally, Regional Councils and MPOs are often called upon to deliver various federal, state programs that require a regional approach, such as, transportation or comprehensive planning, services for the elderly and clearinghouse functions.

Regional Councils and MPOs have learned to be entrepreneurial due to shifts in priorities for federal funds. These organizations are experienced collaborators, adept at bringing people together and getting results. States are relying more on these organizations as vehicles for engaging local governments and delivery of programs.

Regional Councils and MPOs are a national network of experienced professionals dedicated to solving problems the regional way!

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