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If this substantial sales tax increase is truly for the people, why lie?  “If you like your streets, you can keep your streets.  Period!

http://www.jocoelection.org/  Actual wording on ballot.

Ballot Wording

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http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Streets/StreetPreservation/VoterInformation  What City of Olathe says on their web site.

.Olathe Wording

Missing words

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This is more than an innocent mistake and more than maintaining existing streets.

This is about bike paths and sustainable streets.

“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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Lets look at facts: http://online.wsj.com/news/interactive/IVCostsprint?ref=SB10001424127887323884304578328173966380066

State by Stae

Sorted looks like this: State HC per capita  Enough said?

Rank State  Cost per person
1 D.C.  $  10,349.00
2 Mass  $    9,278.00
3 Conn  $    8,654.00
4 Maine  $    8,521.00
5 Del  $    8,480.00
6 N.Y.  $    8,341.00
7 R.I.  $    8,309.00
8 N.H.  $    7,839.00
9 N.D.  $    7,749.00
10 Pa  $    7,730.00
11 W.Va.  $    7,667.00
12 Vt  $    7,635.00
13 N.J.  $    7,583.00
14 Md  $    7,492.00
15 Minn  $    7,433.00
16 Wis  $    7,233.00
17 Fla  $    7,156.00
18 Ohio  $    7,076.00
19 S.D.  $    7,056.00
20 Neb  $    7,048.00
21 Wyom  $    7,040.00
22 Mo  $    6,967.00
23 Iowa  $    6,921.00
24 Hawaii  $    6,856.00
25 Alaska  $    6,856.00
26 Miss  $    6,795.00
27 Wash  $    6,782.00
28 Kan  $    6,782.00
29 Ind  $    6,756.00
30 Ill  $    6,756.00
31 N.M.  $    6,651.00
32 Mont  $    6,640.00
33 Mich  $    6,618.00
34 Ky  $    6,596.00
35 Ore  $    6,580.00
36 La  $    6,571.00
37 Okla  $    6,532.00
38 N.C.  $    6,444.00
39 Tenn  $    6,411.00
40 S.C.  $    6,323.00
41 Va  $    6,286.00
42 Ala  $    6,272.00
43 Calif  $    6,238.00
44 Ark  $    6,167.00
45 Colo  $    5,994.00
46 Texas  $    5,924.00
47 Nev  $    5,735.00
48 Utah  $    5,658.00
49 Idaho  $    5,658.00
50 Ga  $    5,467.00
51 Ariz  $    5,434.00

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For the next 3 days through February 20, 2013 this posting will be updated daily to build some suspense and speculation as to the outcome and conclusions.  For NOlathe subscribers, visit frequently as after this initial Part I of the King Louie Eddie Building culminates into our presentation to the Johnson County Board of Commissioners on February 21, 2013.

2/17/2013

On June 17, 2009 the Johnson County Board of Commissioners had this budgetary discussion Econ Center developing the 2010 County Budget.  Item #5  records the discussion and this http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=510&doctype=AGENDA accesses the video regarding the Enterprise Center funding of $150,000.  Thankfully this meeting occurred before written documentation of meetings was eliminated so in this case we are able to display both the document and the video of the Commissioners’ discussion.   Briefly……

Then District Commissioner and retired Overland Park Mayor Eilert questions whether this City of Lenexa located project should be funded at all and insists if funded only one year at a time.6.17.2009

Then District Commissioner and retired Overland Park Mayor Eilert asks that this City of Lenexa located project request be marked for identification to be rejected if necessary.

6.17.2009.1

What about Enterprise Center annual budget?

6.17.2009.2

Video (summation 2 min) of this June 17, 2009 Committee of the Whole discussion.

Updated and continued February 18, 2013

So Mr. Wiggins, how many jobs has Enterprise Center created in the last 10 years?

10 yrs

So with an annual budget of $1,200,000

Cost per Job

Admittedly we do not know if that is a good, bad or indifferent number to create 743 jobs.  Unfortunately neither did the County Commissioners because no one asked.  Nor did they ask what kind of jobs?  What were the median annual salaries and contribution (if any) to The County?  What was the life expectancy of these jobs?  Were they still functioning 1 year, 2 years or 5 years later?  Was this ONE job created 743 times?

Now we fast forward to 2013.  Since November 17, 2011 The County Commissioners have unmercifully been beaten up by their constituents following closure of libraries for lack of funds and simultaneously purchasing a dilapidated, asbestos filled building on the verge of repossession and/or condemnation.  Justification……relocate the County Museum.

As a result of the November 2012 Elections, the two most outspoken proponents of this purchase no longer sit on The Commission.  Was this an election issue?  You betcha!

On February 14, 2013 the stars aligned and both the Enterprise Center and the King Louie Eddie Building entered the same conversation.  That day we learned just how much sculptors have in common with politicians, taking a ball of clay and creating something completely different while arguing it’s still that ball of clay.

In between chastising the two new Commissioners for questioning the logic behind the King Louie Eddie Building purchase, Artiste Eilert (now County Commission Chair and retired Overland Park Mayor) puts on display his newest ball of clay.

Unfortunately I can not refer to and copy transcripts because that was the first administrative policy Chairman Eilert enacted.  But paraphrasing he stated that 60% to 70% of this City of Lenexa project funds provided by The County are spent on rent.  Moving it to Overland Park would pay for the building’s initial purchase in just 8 years.  Commission Chair and retired Overland Park Mayor did not mention that the $3,650,000 transaction in February 2012 was only to make the building weather proof, but let’s go with his number.  Keep in mind that beyond Eilert’s part-time career as a politician, he also has been a part-time stock broker for a National firm and a part-time Director for a large area Bank.

37.4 yrs.

In total it’s obvious why Mr. Eilert has been unsuccessful in securing full-time employment.  Let’s get back to Enterprise Center for a few more moments.

Information on Enterprise Center is somewhat limited to http://www.ecjc.com/s/656/start.aspx .  The intended purpose is to incubate new business developement and entrepeneurism.  Notable cause but not one for government.  On a National level we witness the failure of governments picking winners and losers.  This is the currently listed Board

Ben Craig

Although we can not attest to the accuracy of this list as being current, it is the one posted.  Paying attention to the two highlights we can begin to understand why Commission Chair and retired Overland Park Mayor Eilert now promotes moving the current City of Lenexa project to Overland Park.  Ben Craig (now retired) was also the Chairman of an Overland Park bank that Mr. Eilert worked part-time as a Director.  Mary Birch is the former Executive Director of Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, currently Legislative contact at an Overland Park law firm, a political wanna-be and the person Mr. Eilert uses most to introduce him at major events.  One might question why there are some insurance and real estate brokerage companies directing job creation but that’s for another day.

From the November 2011 through December 2012 discussions held in public view and recorded,  Enterprise Center is not mentioned once.  In 2009 District Commissioner and retired Overland Park Mayor Eilert insisted the City of Lenexa located project if funded at all, would be year by year.  In 2013 Commission Chair and retired Overland Park Mayor Eilert wants to give this project a “permanent home” in Overland Park.  Can only speculate as to who contacted whom and when, this appears to be yet another and more desperate attempt to camouflage and deflect what was from the onset an unethical and possibly criminal act.

Updated and continued February 19, 2013

  1. NOlathe desires to expand beyond current Henpecked Acres facilities.
  2. By providing us with a permanent home would improve the time efficiencies of processing KORA (Kansas Open Record Act) requests.  Delivering requests by hand, just down the hall would reduce response time from 9 days down to the statutory 3 days.
  3.  County would provide FREE property insurance and utilities.
  4. Would need a key to the front door though cuz may need access at unusual hours.

How many non-government employees currently work in a County owned facility?  Have the ‘legal eagles’ scrutinized this and what are the consequences of this precedent?  Can I pick which office space desired?

During Chair Eilert’s St. Valentines Day beat down of questioning Commissioners, he stated this subject has been fully vetted and debated in full public view.  He stated the problem is not what The Commission has done but how various media has reported it.  I assume he was including The Wall Street Journal  http://nolathe.net/2012/10/10/faux-board-of-johnson-county-commissioners-kansas/.  So let’s look at what we know…….

As previously stated, two of the more vocal Commissioners supporting this boon-doggle no longer sit as Commissioners.  So listen to one of the new guys questioning the purchase and Chair Eilert’s response:

So just how could the media have got this whole thing so wrong? http://joco913.com/news/critics-question-johnson-countys-king-louie-purchase/

Final update February 20, 2013

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Suburbia Income

Suburbia Verbage

Suburbia Expense

The future of this “Cash Cow” may very well depend on “would you like mustard on that?”

Hotdog

Jack is a young lad living with his widowed mother. Their only means of income is a Cash Cow. But when this Cash Cow had been milked dry, Jack is sent to the market to sell it.  On the way to the market he meets a crazy old guy who offers to give him “magic” beans in exchange for the cow.

“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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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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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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