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Johnson County Commissioners discussed the purchase of the King Louie Building from Western Developement Company (owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell) on November 10 and 17, 2011 for the purposes of relocating the current County Museum and creating a National Museum of Suburbia. A vote of 6-1 (Mr. Ashcraft dissenting) this $2,000,000 Real Estate Purchase Contract was approved with signatures highlighted below (Note: signed same day).

Also during November 10 and 17, 2011 a great deal of discussion centered on the estimated cost of $1,600,000 to “button up” the building to make it secure and weather tight.  Again on a 6-1 vote (Mr. Ashcraft dissenting) this action was approved Button Up excerpt below-

Although known to exist in large quantities, there was no attempt by the County to measure levels of asbestos and lead paint until the day after the Real Estate Purchase Contract was signed and $1,600,000 committed for immediate repairs.

The entire 72 page 208-APEXFormerKingLouieWestEnvironmentalInspectionReport may be viewed here noting it was not issued until December 8, 2011 approximately three weeks after the Real Estate Purchase Contract was signed.

Activities detailed in the $1,600,000 “Button Up” will require the removal of the asbestos and lead paint contained in the building.  Why was the measure of these two hazardous waste materials not identified, or even attempted to be identified until following the signed Contract?  Why was this not discussed publically?  Are The Commissioners gambling on a Federal Tax Funded grant?  How long will that take?  Even the Real Estate Purchase Contract required it’s approval prior to December 30, 2011.

Had Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell misled or defrauded Johnson County?  They knew about the asbestos and lead paint since July 15, 2010 more than a year earlier.

State of Kansas Health Department and asbestos engineering specialists recommend this inspection should have occurred PRIOR to purchasing the property.

Albeit not issued until December 8, 2011 was the Environmental Inspection Report thorough in where to test as recommended by The State of Kansas?  (From page 4)

Page 3 of the Real Estate Purchase Contract allowed The County to cancel the contract.  Why didn’t they?

That leaves us with at least these possibilities:

  1. The Mitchells may have intentionally mislead The County.
  2. Collectively the Commissioners are incompetent.
  3. Poor County leadership.
  4. Poor performance by Staff. (Doubtful)
  5. Political reward to Commerce Bank to prevent loan default by Mitchells. (More to follow)
  6. Political reward to City of Overland Park to prevent condemnation scheduled for January 2012. (More to follow)
  7. Political reward to prevent loss of $60,000 commission to Kessinger-Hunter (real estate broker) if #5 or #6 above occurred. (More to follow)
  8. Political reward to prevent loss of $2,000,000 to Mitchells if #5 or #6 above occurred.
  9. Act of nature and unavoidable.

More to follow.

kdunwoody2@aol.com

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The 82 page 2011InterpretiveMasterPlan available here.

 

This document reeks of Agenda 21, ICLEI and Sustainability.

Above example from page 30

About the author-  “Guy was one of the first people to be certified by the US Green Building Council as part of the new LEED Green Associate program. “LEED Green Associate” and the LEED Green Associate logo are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and are awarded to individuals under license by the Green Building Certification Institute.”  http://museuminsights.com/About_Us.html

 
 

After receiving a copy of this document, a reporter from The Wall Street Journal traveled to interview the principal parties involved and wrote an accurate article basically ridiculing not only the Board of County Commissioners but also those Kansas folks that elected them.  http://nolathe.net/2012/10/10/faux-board-of-johnson-county-commissioners-kansas/    Johnson County Commission Chairman Eilert denied the purpose of purchasing the building, no one supports the museum and The Wall Street Journal reporter was confused.

So why the rush to buy the building in November 2011?

 

 

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Suburban Kansas Dream: Museum of Suburbia

Plan for Exhibits on Bowling, Lawn Furniture Inspires Neighborhood Spat; Faux Fence  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443493304578038920747409686.html?KEYWORDS=kansas+museum

By JIM CARLTON   October 10, 2012  Wall Street Journal  (NY, NY)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—More than half of America lives in the suburbs. The others, too, will be able to savor suburbia by coming to this Kansas City, Mo., suburb if local planners have their way.

Museum officials in Johnson County, Kan., propose spending $34 million to create the National Museum of Suburbia, a faux suburb where visitors could wander through a model ranch-style home, wonder at an exhibit of lawn furniture and topple pins on a re-created bowling lane.

Among envisioned exhibits, to be built inside a cavernous former bowling alley and skating rink: a backyard fence with peepholes that let museum visitors spy on fake suburban neighbors played by actors in period suburban clothing.

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The planned National Museum on Suburbia will feature artifacts of suburban life, including this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.

“There’s a museum for barbed wire and a museum of light bulbs,” says Larry Meeker, president of the Johnson County Museum Foundation Board, which is pushing the suburb museum, so why not a national museum for suburbia?

“We thought, ‘Why hasn’t someone else thought of that?’ ” he says.

Some locals think they know why not. “I just don’t think it’s a big turn-on to see something you can see every day,” says Steve Rose, a Johnson County publisher of community newspapers and magazines who opposes the museum. “It’s not like you’re visiting ancient Rome.”

Indeed, there is plenty of real suburb in these parts already. Johnson County began turning farmland into subdivisions after World War II, and Overland Park gained national attention in 2009 as home to a suburban housewife on the Showtime series “United States of Tara.”

The suburbia museum’s backers cite a 2010 feasibility study that projects it could draw 60,000 annual visitors paying up to $6 each. The study didn’t assess where visitors would come from, but museum believers say they expect tourists and residents from the nearby metropolis.

[image] Jim Carlton/The Wall Street JournalEmily Finley and her children enjoy the fishing hole exhibit at a section on suburbia in the Johnson County Museum.

 

“We want to be one of the local places that Kansas Citians tell visitors: ‘This is a place you’ve got to see,’ ” says Mindi Love, executive director of the Johnson County Museum.

All there is to see just now of the National Museum of Suburbia is a 70,000-square-foot abandoned hulk of a building that once housed King Louie West, a 53-year-old bowling alley that later added a skating rink. Graffiti mars some windows and weeds grow up through the parking lot on the six-acre complex, which closed in 2009.

The Johnson County commissioners paid $2 million for the property in November 2011. After evicting a family of raccoons, they are committing another $1.6 million to clear asbestos and make it fit for humans. County engineers expect that work to begin by year’s end.

County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert says the county bought the property for half of what it was marketed for two years earlier. It plans to relocate its current county museum there and potentially other county offices, and maybe even use the parking lot as a transit yard.

Then the suburbia museum planners must raise another $30 million. The museum’s foundation board began a $19,000 study last month to determine how to raise funds. They expect to need to raise $10 million in private donations while persuading the county to pony up much of the rest.

Backers concede it may be 2018 before the suburbia museum opens its doors, but they do have a vision. The museum board’s wish list includes displays of accouterments of suburban life, including school lunchboxes, electric toasters and camping gear. One proposed exhibit: “A Field Guide to Sprawl.”

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Ms. Love, director of the Johnson County Museum, says she envisions restored bowling lanes and replicas of a drive-in movie theater. “We may bring in the smell of popcorn, the sound of kids playing on the [drive-in] playground and you can sit in the back of a car and watch television episodes on the movie screen about suburbia, all the way up to ‘Modern Family.’ “

At the faux backyard fence, visitors would be able to look through knotholes at skits by live actors. “Suburbia is much more complicated than houses on a road,” Ms. Love says. “We want to tell the story of suburbia, the good and the bad.”

The idea gained hold after a county museum in nearby Shawnee, Kan., suffered flood damage in 2009. Curators began looking for a new home for its suburban artifacts, including an exhibit of Tupperware TUP +1.22%and the “All-Electric House,” a model home from the 1950s outside the museum. The museum and the county arts council held a forum to consider the idea of a suburbia museum.

There have been other testimonials to suburbia. In 2009, Rich and Amy Wagner created an online history of their hometown of Levittown, Pa., which became a template for suburbia when it opened in 1952. Bill Owens’ “Suburbia,” a collection of photographs chronicling life in California, is regularly on exhibit nationwide.

At Long Island’s Hofstra University, the National Center for Suburban Studies is dedicated to “promoting objective, academically rigorous study of suburbia’s problems and promise.”

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The museum will feature artifacts of suburban life, including this toaster.

Johnson County’s 2010 feasibility study, costing $170,000, projected the suburbia museum could also serve as a place for scholarly study on the subject.

There are naysayers. A suburbia museum “is the wrong museum at the wrong time for the wrong priorities,” says County Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, who cast the lone dissenting vote over the purchase on the five-member panel. He says the spending doesn’t make sense amid cutbacks to libraries and social services.

“I also don’t see people of a young generation darkening the doors of a museum like this,” says Dave Webb, a local auctioneer and former state senator. “You can just put it all online.”

Even some backers aren’t so sure: County Commission Chairman Mr. Eilert, while a proponent of the suburbia museum “as an asset for the county,” says he thinks it’s “problematic” whether the museum can raise enough private donations.

Mr. Meeker, the museum-board president, believes the idea is compelling enough to eventually convince skeptics. “Suburbia is a phenomenon that is unfolding in our own time,” he says. “I’m virtually 100% certain there will be a museum of suburbia.”

Write to Jim Carlton at jim.carlton@wsj.com

A version of this article appeared October 10, 2012, on page A1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Suburban Kansas Dream: Museum of Suburbia.

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In a lawful exercise we asked for details of Johnson County’s hidden agenda governed by a treacherous  treaty with The United Nations.  http://nolathe.net/2012/04/12/second-complaint-filed-with-kansas-attorney-generals-office/ 

In a Gorean like response that resonates Soros like ideologies, we learn that Kansas Open Records Act is worthless (read all 8 pages).  Much like those that depend on it’s darkened hole of transparency.

Last lose end done.

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April 12, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

General@ksag.org

Mr. Attorney General,

Please accept this as a signed complaint regarding Johnson County Board of County Commissioners refusal to supply documents as a result of a legal KORA request dated March 17, 2012 viewed here ICLEI Kansas Open Records Request and the response dated March 20, 2012 viewed here ICLEI-kora-response .

Following a similar complaint filed with your office Clarion KORA Request and the response provided by Johnson County Clarion KORA Response and with The AG’s involvement and intervention, The County acknowledged public access dated March 30, 2012 here JoCo Concedes Clarion .

This current complaint demands of The County the same public access to ICLEI members only information that is only accessible to few County Staff and elected officials.  This complaint remains that The County has access to tax paid ICLEI information that The County uses in a variety of means and methods yet remains inaccessible to the public.

I respectfully request that this complaint remain in control of your office and not forwarded to the Office of Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. Sitting County Commissioners violated the County’s Home Rule Charter by endorsing Mr. Howe during the 2008 campaign Section 2.07. PROHIBITIONS. No Commission member shall directly interfere with the conduct of any agency or any department, or any part thereof, including the appointment or removal of employees, except at the express direction of the Commission or as otherwise provided by this Charter.

As the District Attorney, I have met with him personally or with immediate Staff on two occasions submitting two complaints on the conduct of one or more of the Commissioners. With multiple follow-ups on my part, now more than two years later there has been no decision rendered by the DA Office and consistent with this recent report on “Transparency” http://www.stateintegrity.org/

The County Cites KSA 45-217g “”Public record” means any recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made, maintained or kept by or is in the possession of any public agency including, but not limited to, an agreement in settlement of litigation involving the Kansas public employees retirement system and the investment of moneys of the fund. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/statute/045_000_0000_chapter/045_002_0000_article/045_002_0017_section/045_002_0017_k/

Johnson County tax payers provide $3,500 annually which includes access to non-public information on and with ICLEI. Prior directions from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office http://ag.ks.gov/docs/publications/kansas-open-records-act-(kora)-guidelines.PDF?sfvrsn=2

  • Computer data is a “record.” State ex rel. Stephan v. Harder, 230 Kan. 573, 582 (1982) (considering prior records statute). A.G. Opins. No. 87-137, 88-152, 89-106, and 94-104

  • Albeit temporary (although printable and saved), when accessing “Member” information the County is in “possession” of material that should be Public.

The lawfully executed KORA request dated March 17, 2012 attempted to make public information that was paid for by The County with tax dollars but only accessible to a few.

Respectfully Submitted,

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