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The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners were scheduled to vote February 21, 2013 on substantial funding to replace a roof on a building destined “National Museum of Suburbia“.  The purchase of and funding for these repairs were approved by the previous Commission in 2011.  With one existing Commissioner consistently voting “NO” and with two newly elected Commissioners which ran through the election process opposed to this boondoggle, the anticipated vote was 4 in favor 3 opposed.

The evening of February 20, 2013 local media broadcasts non stop on area severe Winter weather conditions, road closures, warnings “stay at home” and school districts through the region announced closure.  In what should have been a victory speech for Global Warming “our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas were witnessed today by declaring County business as usual closed due to inclement weather and significant snow accumulation.”

In what should have been a high tide moment on Global Warming, we observed a “pier review” during low tide.  Chair Eilert tip-toed and danced his way to avoid a two-two vote blocking this funding.

Just 4 days later, a similar but just slightly less severe storm threatens the area.  With school districts closed and no scheduled Commission Meeting for tomorrow, this was displayed on the County site before 3:45 PM today.

2.26.13

Admittedly I have to take some responsibility for this.  Two years ago Chair Eilert eliminated written transcripts for all official Commission Meetings.  When presenting to the Commission on Global Warming I have often referred to “peer review” science.  I never believed he would wait to see who showed up as “pier review”.

All joking aside, it appears that County employees showed up for work just so tu-tu Eilert would allow them to go home following a non-vote cooling event.  These same “Need to work forty hours a week, left their kids at home and risked their lives to go to watch a ballerina folks”.  For all the graduates of “Speech Crafters” and “Toast Masters” that were taught to think of your audience as being naked……….. Think Eilert in a tu-tu.

Looking forward to February 28, 2013.

“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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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.

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What about Enterprise Center annual budget?

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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  https://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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