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Since the approval and signing of the Lease Agreement with UMB Bank to pay for the purchase and “button up” costs for the King Louie Building totaling $3,600,000 8788metcalfleaseagreement on February 9, 2012 the here until now question loomed.  How was the $2,900,000 Principal payment due on September 1, 2015 going to be paid?

Base Rentals

We must first ignore that when we hurriedly purchased King Louie in December 2011 with ca$h from Reserves we threatened our Bond Rating.  Less than two months later we leased King Louie to UMB Bank for ca$h returned to Reserves saving our Bond Rating.  Now let’s ignore for a brief moment that we have already paid $120,576 Interest Only for a vacant non-tax generating building with yet another $17,400 Interest Only due.  Let’s ignore for another brief moment that this vacant non-tax generating building consumed several hundred hours of County Staff time and tens of thousands more dollars in consultant fees to find this once asbestos laden building a purpose. We still end up with the lingering question…………….

How was the $2,900,000 Principal payment due on September 1, 2015 going to be paid?

Earlier today June 4, 2015 King Louie shared the answer with us peasants.

CA$H

NO JOKE FOLKS vote scheduled for June 11, 2015 67574906042015101756410

June 11, 2015

Safe to say that the “Court Jester” positions have been filled.

“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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http://cove.kcpt.org/program/ruckus/

http://cove.kcpt.org/video/2365449700/

Interview with Annabeth Surbaugh and Ruckus Round Table discussion on King Louie.

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To reverse the negitive bond rating impact of having used ca$h to purchase King Louie in December 2011, Johnson County leased to and leased back this political favor from a bank on February 9, 2012 8788metcalfleaseagreement  with termination date of September 1, 2015. Base Rentals

With this date rapidly approaching we find on March 12, 2015 our SPEEDO BOYZ are scheduled to discuss this Outstanding highlighted with: Outstanding

Problem: SPEEDO BOYZ have already spent $870,576 on a $3,650,000 debt that has an appraised value of $450,000.

  1. Can’t outright sell King Louie without first paying bank $2,900,000.
  2. Can’t extend lease because bank now knows of appraisal.

Solution: SPEEDO BOYZ will pretend this wasn’t their fault and convince us they’ll fix it by spending $22,230,000 and call it something else!! (NOlathe Note: “Costs of Issuance” equals appraised value.)

“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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On February 26, 2015 our Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will view the latest proposal to make King Louie a purdier pig. This make-over presentation only cost $150,000 that the Commissioners said was old money, already approved money, saved up to move the old moldy museum sometime long ago money. Funny no one asked how to pay for moving the museum if that money was spent finding a place to move it. Duh? Oh well, simple solution. Give the museum its own taxing authority and call it a park! More like a Merry-go-round cuz it seems we are going in circles.

Here is the $150,000 lipstick King_Wrecks all 62 pages. Mostly pictures so even our Commissioners can participate. But here is only little tidbit White HavenNext Steps

This is where it really gets neat (nutty can be neat). Merge the museum into the Parks and Wreck District so that both functions can administratively work under the direction of that District in a building they are not responsible for so that the county can sell $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for the renovations necessary while not affecting the District’s ability to also sell an additional $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for more parks only separated by new voting booths no one asked for while children play a sketch inside a building that has asbestos remembering when someone stayed at a hotel before bowling on an ice rink. Wasn’t that simple.

Degrees of separation between DC and JC is immeasurable. Stupid is as stupid does (when it is someone elses money).

“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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NOlathe has always attempted to hold the “work 40 hour employees of Johnson County” in the highest regard. For the most part, they work as directed and not necessarily responsible for the really stupid things they do or say. No truer words could be said about Bureau Chief Joe Waters “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

http://www.jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-announces-new-director-facilities-management ” Johnson County Government’s new Director of Facilities Management has a 30-year career that includes related industry experience at Sprint Corporation and HCA Midwest Health. Brad Reinhardt joined the County on January 12, 2015. Joe Waters, who previously held the position, advanced to the County Manager’s Office, becoming the County’s full time Bureau Chief in November 2014 where he is responsible for central services departments.”

The typical Bureau Chief is use to deadlines so a reasonable person would have to ask why the often trembling voice and lack of conviction in this 1/8/15 presentation: 

In Context or Out of Context that is the question. The 100 page report is full of interpretation if one wants 201408FormerKingLouieAppraisalReportwithPIV but NOlathe stands by our previous position. This bridge is wore out and useless. On page 28 highlights a sequel to “A Bridge Too Far”.

Age / Life
Year Built: 1959
Actual Age: 55 years
Effective Age: 40 years
Typical Building Life: 40 years
Remaining Economic Life: 0 years

 For now we wait to evaluate what the approved $150,000 study will produce to market  “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

 “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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Steve Rose: Purchase of iconic King Louie might still be a bargain

02/03/2015 5:43 PM

Some critics have referred to the 1960-era King Louie facility at 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue as a white elephant.

No, it turns out it was a sow’s ear, and the Johnson County Commission is about to make a silk purse out of it. There may be a happy ending to the controversial purchase.

It seemed at the time that it probably was not the best call by the commission to buy the 76,000-square-foot former bowling alley and ice rink for $1.95 million in 2011. Some commissioners bought into the idea of a National Museum of Suburbia, which never went anywhere.

Now, after some false starts, it appears the commission has come up with a dandy idea as to what to do with this iconic building.

As proposed, King Louie would house the Johnson County Museum — a history museum — now housed in a 1927 building in Shawnee that is falling apart. It also would house the All-Electric House, which is part of the exhibit at the museum. That has always been part of the original intent to buy King Louie. In fact, the original estimate in 2009 to relocate and expand the museum in an existing building was $15 million to 20 million.

What is new is the idea of converting the rest of the building into a Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, including Theatre in the Park productions when it is not performing outside in the warm weather at Shawnee Mission Park. Intensive arts programs also will be part of the concept.

The arts and theater combination would be a massive step in Johnson County toward improving the arts culture in a county previously described by many as a “cultural wasteland.”

In addition, there would be room set aside for an advance voting, which previously was housed in Metcalf South, a now empty mall, probably soon to be razed.

The renovation of King Louie will cost taxpayers $22 million. That is not a small sum, but if King Louie can become what is envisioned, it will be a bargain.

The commission’s majority vote to approve, which could take place next month, is not a done deal.

The vote to approve something like a feasibility study for $150,000 passed on just a 4-3 vote.

Assuming the study provides positive information, especially on costs, one has to wonder why the three dissenting commissioners would not reverse their votes on the final approval and make this a unanimous decision.

The persistent grumblings, which were highlighted in the race for county chairman, were that the county paid too much for the building; and that the cost of remediation was too great for what we were getting.

Those criticisms are no longer valid.

Thanks to some very creative thinking, the idea of making King Louie an arts and culture mecca for the county would make the original purchase look like a very smart idea, as would the additional funding to bring this to reality.

As a bonus, the revitalization of King Louie blends in perfectly with Overland Park’s “Vision Metcalf,” which is an effort to beautify the corridor. Already, there has been great progress, and the redevelopment of Metcalf South will be the capstone. A rundown King Louie could only have become an eyesore.

Now, taxpayers have the opportunity to make King Louie one of the most significant public buildings in Johnson County.

A 7-0 vote may be wishful thinking, but it is not unreasonable.

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Mike Pirner Testimony Against JCPRD Involvement in King Louie — 1/21/15

Background:  In December, by a vote of 6-1, the Johnson County Parks & Rec voted to take part in the King Louie project with the county.   I raised opposition at the time but my opposition intensified. These are the remarks I delivered at the JCPRD Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 21st, after we heard from several members of the public.   After my presentation I offered to second a motion to suspend our involvement in King Louie.  None was forthcoming so our involvement stands.  

I appreciate the board’s indulgence in allowing me to re-state and expand upon my opposition to this project.   Over the past few weeks since the original vote, my concerns with this project have grown.   While some see this as an opportunity to place major programming into a facility without a direct cost to the Parks District, I reject that premise.   I believe that we are making a major mistake by entering into an agreement that is not prudent for the taxpayer and sets terrible precedents that set up our parks district for trouble in the future.

First of all, the price tag.   I understand that the money being spent on this facility is not out of our budget, and that therefore some feel we’re merely accepting “free” space.   However, let’s remember we are agreeing to put major programming into King Louie, manage all of King Louie, and put any revenue we generate right back into King Louie.    Let’s also remember the taxpayers who fund JoCo Government are the same taxpayers who fund JCPRD.  Joe Johnson County Taxpayer does not care one iota if the money comes out of his parks pocket or his county pocket – it’s still his pocket.    So, no, this project is not  free – it’s money from the very people who fund our parks, money that we should treasure and treat carefully — and by entering into this agreement to the substantial degree that we are, we have married ourselves to that expenditure in the eyes of the public.

If you favor it and can justify it – vote for it.  But, if you doubt the wisdom of the King Louie project, then I’d strongly urge you to consider whether this is the best decision for the Parks District, particularly since some want to return to that same taxpayer later this year for a mill levy increase or bonding authority in a bid to open new parks.

Do you not think it’s quite possible Johnson Countians say, “look, you already took over $20 million of our money for a Arts & Heritage Center at King Louie, we’re not giving you anymore”?  I certainly do.  So, if you think more authority from the voters is critical to future park development, then I’d think very carefully about the message you’re sending here regarding our priorities in regards to their money.

Along those same lines, I am also concerned about the appropriateness of the project.   I recognize that in an era of fancy new community centers, tax incentives and other government giveaways, the lines between the private sector and the public sector have been blurred.   However, in this case, the once blurred line has been completely erased.

The county, in a time of economic instability, has bought up a private development along a major thoroughfare located in the heart of Johnson County, in what is supposed to be an area for private redevelopment.   One would think this decision was made due to the lack of available land owned by the people, but as we know, the opposite is the case.

In fact, it was only last year that the county asked us to debt finance the park police building, and the reason stated was so we could open up some of the millions of acres of park land that we currently own but that are not developed.    In fact, the very next item on our agenda is an update on the lengthy study we’re conducting on how to develop and facilitate all that land.

It seems to me that if the county was so intent on entering into an agreement with the parks to save the museum and/or open a theater, they might offer to spend that same money to place them on the very land they’re pushing us to open, where substantial room to build either or both exists.

Instead, they’ve decided to spend money to purchase a private development, spend even more money to make sure it doesn’t collapse on itself, and now spend another $18 million to make it usable – when we could have just let the private sector handle King Louie and opened up the very same facilities on the land the public already owns.   

Someone smarter than me needs to explain how that’s at all appropriate.

Finally, I want to challenge the notion that this is a great deal for JCPRD, as I believe we are making a short sighted decision that forsakes our future for the present desire to have an indoor theater.

I very much understand the desire for a theater.  The idea of opening up an indoor theater that we could operate year round and offer to community theater groups, business groups, and the like is very attractive, and it’s very difficult to say no when the opportunity is before us.

However, I feel we must.

Looking at just the theater for a moment, I consider this decision somewhat curious for something that could be a highlight of our system.   I just cannot endorse the idea that King Louie is the best place to spend money on an indoor theater.   I’ll never be sold on that.

Also, I would caution against believing we’ll never spend money out of our own budget on this facility.   Remember, this only passed by one vote.   All it takes is a little shift or one election and everything could change.    What if they all of a sudden want us to pay rent, too?  What if they want us to pay for any future upgrades?    I understand under the agreement we could then remove our participation, but would we really do that once a theater is operating?   I doubt it.

Finally, I believe most within the JCPRD family agree that a cornerstone of our ability to be successful as a parks district is our independent status under state law, rather than simply being another county department.   I share that sentiment, but I think this decision will directly undermine that belief by setting a poor precedent for the future.

We’re putting major programming into a facility owned by the county, the same county that has at times wanted to have more control over our operations.   In my mind, there is no substantial difference between agreeing to things like this and being just another county department.   How do we support this and oppose other similar proposals that would further infringe on the spirit of an independent parks district?   On future questions, I fail to see where we can logically draw the line without losing the argument in a big hurry.

In closing, as I stated in December, I want to note that my opposition to the King Louie project should not be construed as opposition to the museum nor an indoor theater.  Rather, as a believer in good government, not big government, I believe there is a better way.   I believe in our ability to put our heads together, as board members, as staff, together with our patrons and come up with a creative solution that respects the taxpayer, uses land we already own, is appropriate for government, and maintains the integrity of our wonderful parks district.    I also believe that sometimes the best plan may take a little longer to develop, but yields a better result.

On that note, I recommend we immediately suspend negotiations with the county regarding the King Louie project.

Mike Pirner    mpirner@yahoo.com

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