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Because of my steadfast opposition to Agenda 21 and ICLEI, some folks might ask why I support recycling and conservation in general.  My initial response would be this is a personal decision and not one mandated. And second, the “greenies” have hijacked common sense ideas, magnified and distorted their impact for an agenda that has nothing to do with “protecting nature”.

What if I had a second residence, let’s say a cabin on a lake near Bubbaville, Kansas.  On week-ends my family travel the approximately 2 hours Friday evening to make sure we have a full day Saturday on the water for skiing and fishing.  Every afternoon while the grandkids are off road 4 wheeling I chainsaw and split enough wood for cooking and heating of the cabin.  Last year we had water and electric installed underground from the paved roadway 3 miles away to the cabin, but still no gas.  That’s fine, we rather enjoy the fireplace.  Sundays are special as we almost always have other friends or family drive down to spend the day with us.  Collectively we always “pack out what we packed in” and leave our little place cleaner than when we arrived.

The “greenies” would declare that:

  •  I am destroying the planet through my use of carbon fuels (cars, boat, chainsaw) not to mention the fireplace all contributing to my ‘carbon foot-print’.
  • As a “one percenter” I have no property rights.  The paved road 3 miles from my cabin was paid for with tax dollars thus the “ninety nine percenters” have equal access to my cabin.
  • To make their point more visible to the media, the “greeners” set up an illegal encampment where my drive meets the paved road.  The reporters will walk through trash and human excrement to ask why I am destroying the planet.

Oh but what if I was not describing my week ender?  What if this was owned by not only a “greenie” but a wealthy one percenter “greenie” that made his wealth setting up “occupy settlements”?  What say ye now?

“A couple of winters ago, being the quintessential zoning attorney, I was curled up in front of the fire at my mountain cabin reading a good development code.

It had all the latest bells and whistles that a progressive modern code should have: a form-based TND residential district, hillside protection performance standards, gateway design overlays tied to the city’s recently updatedcomprehensive plan, illustrative tables, flow charts, and pretty graphics. I was proud of it — one of the best my firm had produced. But I had a gnawing feeling inside thanks to environmental guru Lester Brown.”

We first introduced you to Chris Duerksen here saving-the-world-through-zoning the Managing Director of Clarion and Associates.  You might remember him as the one that blamed all of Mexico’s economic problems on American Capitalism.

Thanks to our good friend Charles W. in Virginia we have new information on Chris Duerksen and he has been BUSY making money.

Measure What Matters

“A sustainability initiative’s effectiveness hinges on the selection of a structure that clearly sets achievement goals and includes a system for verifying progress toward those goals. Choosing what to measure is simultaneously a reflection of priorities, a statement of worldview, and a political act. (Consider the implications of measuring Gross Domestic Product versus Gross National Happiness.) Decisions about what to measure should be made clear and transparent up front. For example, the Redefining Progress Genuine Progress Indicator expresses its philosophy up front:… we believe that progress is not measured by the quantity of goods we consume, how fast our economy is growing, or how much financial wealth is being amassed.

We believe progress is measured by how well we:

  1. Equitably distribute wealth, incomes and access to cultural amenities;
  2. Diversify and stabilize our economic base;
  3. Protect and restore native ecosystems; and
  4. Advance social, economic, and environmental sustainability”

When our elected lose their vision, they hire Duerksen to write one for them, the ICLEI way.  I wonder if ICLEI charges the same dues for a small village in Baswana as they do Overland Park?

My vision is restoring America to her GREATNESS that is in such peril and facing dangerous times ahead.

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_association

http://bocc.jocogov.org/webform/contact-us

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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In case you missed the 72 page report issued after 3 days of inspections  208-APEXFormerKingLouieWestEnvironmentalInspectionReport identifying sources of asbestos and other hazardous materials inside the King Edward Louie Building, you really should take a look at the extent of areas tested and recommendations.

Then look at the Cost Estimate Agreement  emails the Commissioners approved as part of estimating the $1,600,000 in Capital Asset Repairs approved and funded through debt.

Sure am glad we got that expenditure locked in with no wiggle room.  So why did the Commissioners not take additional time to get a real estimate on this extensive and hazardous condition?

Feel free to contact:  http://bocc.jocogov.org/webform/contact-us

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Register Here:https://registration.broadnet.us/event_registration.php?pid=266&fbs=_teleforum&sig=61244910dd7ce770198feef63e97d9c0d261c8d604b3972fe641ecae8605b81b

 

View the Bill  S.2122

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As you read through the details of information shared, you’ll better understand our three immediate conclusions:
  1. Staff (defined as those below the County Manager) did their usual and professional jobs by delivering usable information for decision purposes to the County Commissioners.
  2. The Offices of the County Manager and Clerk did their usual job of blocking transparency.
  3. The purchase of the King Louie Building was an agenda of its own and had no meaningful purpose of replacing the existing museum or in default, a good longterm investment for the County.

Documents and witnesses have created this chronology of events:

  • August 2011- County notified of reduced price and arranges Staff inspection.
  • August 2011- Commissioner Lindstrom witnessed notifying Museum Director.
  • September 2011- Museum Director releases plans for National Museum.
  • October 2011- Licensed Engineering firms inspect building.
  • November 2011- Staff and Museum Director present National Museum to Commissioners.
  • December 2011- County purchases King Louie Building.
  • February 2012- County refinances King Louie Building through September 2015.
  • March 2012- Commissioners defend decision as good investment.
  1. 43,560 square feet per acre.
  2. Purchase involved 5.66 acres or 246,549 square feet.
  3. “We paid $7.90 per square foot.” 
  4. “It was estimated to be worth $12.57 per square foot.”
  5. “Comparable sites in the area are worth $13-$16 per square foot.”  (Median  is $14.50)

Commission Meeting of November 10 to discuss the Agenda Review for November 17 can be viewed here:  http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1153&doctype=AGENDA  Items #10 an #11 are identified below.  Clicking will provide all documents submitted to the Commissioners in support of discussion.

Commission Meeting of November 17 can be viewed here:  http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1124&doctype=SUMMARY   Items #10 an #11 are identified below. Clicking will provide all documents submitted to the Commissioners in support of discussion.

The $2,000,000 purchase of a Capital Asset and the $1,600,000 for Capital Asset Repairs are two distinctively different accounting entries and had to be voted on and funded separately by law and commonly accepted accounting practices.  Throughout the video discussions, presentations and documents they were totally dependent on both being approved and considered as one in the same.  To take possession of the property would require funding of $3,600,000  just to place it in a condition to consider what to do with it later.

I concede that I am the “crazy guy” and certainly not a financial advisor like the Commission Chairman and former Mayor of Overland Park Eilert, but my old school math skills calculate that at $3,600,000 we paid $14.60 per square foot well above the estimated value of $12.57 and median value of $14.50 area properties.  Sadly this is not this first time we have documented Chairman Eilert altering and creating facts to fit his vision.

Below are the questions asked and documents received from a lawful Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request.

 
1) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building structurally had “good bones”. Please provide a copy of an independent and licensed Structural Engineer evaluation of the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011.
2) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building “buttoning up” process would cost an estimated $1,600,000. State law requires that prior to any renovation of a public building an inspection by a Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor must occur. Considering the age and prior purposes of the King Louie Building (including an ice skating rink) the anticipated amounts of asbestos would be measurably high. Please provide a copy of the Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor’s estimate to remove and dispose the asbestos from the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/asbestos.html
  • Apex Environmental Consultants, Inc inspected the King Louie Building for 3 days issuing a 72 page report on December 8, 2011. 208-APEXFormerKingLouieWestEnvironmentalInspectionReport  Recommendations for the asbestos, lead paint and other hazardous materials found inside the building are made on pages 12-14.
 
3) Considering the age of the King Louie Building the possibility of ‘lead paint’ certainly exists. Please provide a copy from a Kansas Contractor licensed to dispose of lead paint surfaces estimating these costs dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/download/RRP_Handbook.pdf
  • Contained in same Apex report above.
 
4) During the acquisition process, Staff testified the need to replace the roof. Please provide copy of the estimate submitted by a Kansas Contractor dated prior to December 30, 2011.
  • Document titled “87th Metcalf – Temporary Repairs / Weather Tightening”  Item_04-2011-0913-Roofreplacementcost  includes two cumulative costs for roof repairs at $610,748 and $75,616.
  • This document also provides the known totals going forward of $20,104,068
5) Copy of infestation document completed by a Licensed Exterminator dated prior to December 30, 2011.
  • No infestation inspection was completed.
6) Copy of email or other dated document of County Realtor notification alerting Staff of reduced price.
7) Copy presented by Staff during the acquisition process stating that this purchase was a long-term investment with no activities planned for 2013 or 2014.
  • Staff at no time indicated this purchase was justified as an investment.  All documents and discussions involved additional Capital Expenditures Budgeted starting with 2013.  It is deceitful and ridiculous to now justify this tax money as a good investment.  If our Commissioners want to play the real estate market or play financial advisor, oh wait, that argument won’t work because we have two of those playing commissioner, both from Overland Park.
8) One page document listing King Louie Building and associated property with name of Insurance Carrier and coverage of insurance in force February 1, 2012.
  • Property Damage policy for $3,943,213 with Factory Mutual Insurance Company dated February 2, 2012 can be viewed   Item_8PropInsCert-8788Metcalf
9) Copy of document authorizing Johnson County to contract a $3,600,000 loan agreement.
10) Copy of executed and dated document identifying Bank and terms of loan agreement.
  • LEASE/PURCHASE AGREEMENT with UMB Bank February 9, 2012  Item_108788Metcalfleaseagreement
  • Exhibit D (page 29 of 29) first scheduled payment September 1, 2012 of $274,576.67 ending with final payment September 1, 2015 of $2,917,400.  Total interest at term $137,976

The only criticism we have of Staff would be accepting this document Item_02&3-2011-1213-ATAbatementEstimate as an estimate to remove asbestos and other hazardous material from the King Louie Building.  As previously defined, Staff did their commendable job as they were instructed to do.  For Overland Park, King Louie was a problem looking for a solution.  Members of the Commission conspired (some unknowingly) to provide the solution at the County’s expense.  One can only hope that the museum’s future includes photos of the closed libraries and longer lines waiting for assistance (Mental Health as an example) to justify a new energy on Metcalf Corridor.

This form of political game disgusts me.

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Dated: March 4, 2012  and March 7, 2012

Stephen E. Powell
Clerk of the Board and Chief of Staff
Johnson County Board of County Commissioners
 
Stephen,
 
Please consider this a signed KORA request for the following documents:
 
1) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building structurally had “good bones”. Please provide a copy of an independent and licensed Structural Engineer evaluation of the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

2) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building “buttoning up” process would cost an estimated $1,600,000. State law requires that prior to any renovation of a public building an inspection by a Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor must occur. Considering the age and prior purposes of the King Louie Building (including an ice skating rink) the anticipated amounts of asbestos would be measurably high. Please provide a copy of the Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor’s estimate to remove and dispose the asbestos from the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/asbestos.html
 
No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.
 
3) Considering the age of the King Louie Building the possibility of ‘lead paint’ certainly exists. Please provide a copy from a Kansas Contractor licensed to dispose of lead paint surfaces estimating these costs dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/download/RRP_Handbook.pdf 
 
No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.
 
4) During the acquisition process, Staff testified the need to replace the roof. Please provide copy of the estimate submitted by a Kansas Contractor dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

5) Copy of infestation document completed by a Licensed Exterminator dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

6) Copy of email or other dated document of County Realtor notification alerting Staff of reduced price.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

7) Copy presented by Staff during the acquisition process stating that this purchase was a long term investment with no activities planned for 2013 or 2014.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

8) One page document listing King Louie Building and associated property with name of Insurance Carrier and coverage of insurance in force February 1, 2012.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

9) Copy of document authorizing Johnson County to contract a $3,600,000 loan agreement.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

10) Copy of executed and dated document identifying Bank and terms of loan agreement.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

KORA= Kansas Open Records Act

 
“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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