Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Basehor City Council member Ty Garver says he’s looking forward

Ty Garver was appointed to the Basehor City Council on April 16, 2012.

Ty Garver was appointed to the Basehor City Council on April 16, 2012.

April 25, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories introducing the new Basehor City Council members appointed last week. Today’s story focuses on Ty Garver. The first story, about Brian Healy, was published Friday.

Yes, the things that have happened on the Basehor City Council since last fall are what sparked Ty Garver to become more involved in city matters.

But he doesn’t want to talk about that right now.

“I’m hoping that the city can maybe not look back into that portion of the city’s life, and just look forward,” Garver said.

Garver was appointed to the City Council by Mayor David Breuer last week.

In the midst of the city’s political turmoil early this year and late last year, Garver said, he received several phone calls from friends who live elsewhere, asking what in the world was going on.

Now it’s time for other topics to be on people’s minds when they think about Basehor, he said. And, he said, the city’s got more than enough positive characteristics to make it an attractive place to be.

“It will sell itself,” Garver said.

Garver and his family bought what the city was selling when they moved into town about 10 years ago. He and his wife Amy had grown up in small southwestern Kansas towns, and they wanted a new spot that retained some small-town feel but was also near the Kansas City area, with a strong school district for their three children.

Basehor fit that description perfectly, he said.

“We looked at a lot of towns and a lot of locations,” Garver said, “and Basehor’s lived up to all our expectations from the beginning.”

Garver, 46, is a senior vice president for First National Bank of Kansas in Overland Park, and his wife is assistant principal at Basehor-Linwood Middle School. During his 20 years in the banking industry, he has sat on a slew of boards, business-related and otherwise. He served on the board for the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation, and until his appointment he was a member of the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals.

He applied to step up to the City Council when he decided he wanted to do something more productive than simply griping about the government.

“I respect people getting involved, having a plan, instead of just a complaint,” Garver said.

Breuer said Garver’s banking experience would come in handy, especially as the city prepares to refinance debt from its Basehor Boulevard project this year.

“The financial piece of that was very important to me,” Breuer said.

Garver said he thought he could pick up the financial aspects of the job fairly easily.

“I’m used to dealing with multimillion-dollar budgets,” Garver said.

And if other members disagree with his take on something, he said, he believes he can help the council move past the issue without “disintegrating.”

“Hopefully I will bring along some professionalism and respect for one another,” Garver said.

With about a year remaining on his term — it expires in April 2013 — Garver said he would concentrate on making decisions as they come before the council, rather than making a personal to-do list.

“I really come in with no agenda at all besides trying to move the city forward,” he said.

Comments

StandforSomething 2 years, 7 months ago

This quote from Basehor Sentinel>>>"Council members said McCommon was their top choice from nearly 40 applicants during a four-month search. McCommon, who will start May 14, replaces Mike Yanez, whose contract the council chose not to renew for 2012. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward said Tuesday McCommon's annual salary would be $73,500 plus benefits."

40 applicants? That makes 39 of 'em still out there looking for a job, right?

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basehordream 2 years, 7 months ago

maybe this is why they are having yet another illegal executive session during a retreat. has anyone yet to read a koma manual.

executive sessions; first, three council members must sign a special meeting request (with agenda) second, you must announce the meeting to the people on the notification list (not enews) then and only then you can make a motion to go into executive session after opening the meeting.

listen new council, follow the rules. http://ag.ks.gov/legal-services/open-govt/koma-faq

mr breuer has no clue and the city attorney may need some cle classes.

btw, why is the city paying to go to falcon lakes. thats right mayor breuer owns part of it and will gain by the city paying hundreds to use it. conflict of interest. yes.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

Hummmmmmm....the below post from last night was removed, wonder how come.....now Tongie has their own new city administrator after 4 months of searching. We've been without for almost 8 months, and haven't even started looking... >>

LR(anonymous) says…Here's a proposed plan on moving the city forward with professionalism--Getting an unbiased, objective, third-party Interim City Administrator for Basehor City--it's normal to do this, as one can see below:

http://www.pratttribune.com/news/x140... http://www.gardneredge.com/news/2011/... http://www.grainvalleypointe.com/2011... http://signal.baldwincity.com/news/20... http://gardnernews.com/our-view-press...

April 25, 2012 at 10:41 p.m.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 7 months ago

The Chief is doing a fine job as city administrator. Why do we need to pay an extra $80,000 a year when we have someone that is doing a good job both as city administrator and chief. Eighty thousand dollars a year will help in getting some of our gravel roads paved.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

You must be "The Chief" or a very, very close friend of his. It's called "rule of law" and "separation of powers."

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johninbasehor 2 years, 7 months ago

Many of us are fine with the way things are. Not related to the Chief, don't know him personally, but I think he is doing a fine job, and "rule of law" as defined in you mind is of no consequence to me and many others.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

Used to be an elected mayor would run the city, without having any city administrator at all. That would also save $80k for roads (such big bucks for such small town employees!). But if simple executive session rules can't be followed legally, without kickbacks for "retreat" locations, then City Hall's got a bigger problem than any forum could ever cover. Layer upon layer upon layer upon layer of corruption. Kinda makes it harder to "look forward," doesn't it?

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johninbasehor 2 years, 7 months ago

So are you saying that you want the city council retreat in Johnson County?

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

Huh?? Where'd ya get that from!

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careforthetown 2 years, 7 months ago

Logically we need to keep the money in Basehor businesses. Nothing wrong with that! * VFW Hall NEEDS OUR SUPPORT. (No Alcohol You say. That's not the end of the world.) dinner, meeting, entertainment. -Drinks at Kelleys, Past times, and yes even Falcon Lakes clubhouse. This would Help multiple businesses in town. I certainly don't mind the Council having a retreat or a party for its employees. But we should not be asked to flip the bill for alcohol. (No, I am not against alcohol at all) Just don't have an open bar. ( simple)

  • The Basehor Library has a Excellent downstairs area and meeting room. I have been to Large parties and meetings at two of the three other club houses in town. I know they're not as nice as Falcon Lakes But could possibly save some money.

  • If Mayor Breuer owns part of Falcon Lakes club house I don't have a problem with that. either reduce the price (take care of the falcon Lakes employees) just make it reasonable. Show your going to spend less then in the past. This will show that you're trying to be Financially responsible with our money.

Respectfully, Just something to consider.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

Totally agree with the above!! Heck, we used to have meetings and parties right in our own offices, without paying anybody anything, complete with BYOB. What's wrong with that?

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johninbasehor 2 years, 7 months ago

LR: Why don't you run for Mayor, since you second guess every policy and decision that has been made by the city government. Identify yourself, so we all can give you the consideration you would want in an election. I also think you should pay the Basehor Sentinel for giving you a forum for your daily bitch sessions.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

"B" word?? "basehordreams" and my post gone, but Sentinel has no problem with your use of the "B" word?? According to George Orwell, "Some pigs are more 'equal' than others." ~~ Animal Farm, the novel.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

to 'johninbasehor' -- "...doing a fine job, and 'rule of law' as defined in your mind is of no consequence to me and many others" and "...second guess every policy and decision...Identify yourself....pay the Basehor Sentinel..."

Wow! Now we see why there's a problem down at City Hall - only defending the status quo of questionable "policies and decisions" with no apparent tolerance for it ever becoming otherwise - See what you're up against, Ty? Can't even handle a suggested free-retreat location without disrespectfully "disintigrating" into attacking a simple request for having the proper role of government being restored in our town.

Not a bad idea about running for Mayor though, kinda like that one! ;-)))

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh Please!!! Do not run for office..........the way you bloviate would cause city meetings to run for hours on end.

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

also to 'johninbasehor' -- My other post from last night keeps getting removed. It was the one that gives weblinks to 5-6 towns close by that are hiring interim city administrators to keep the separation of powers and rule of law, with my simple question of how come we aren't doing the same, normal, standard procedure here. My post gets removed twice now, but you can get away with using the "B" word on this forum???? Whoa!

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becky 2 years, 7 months ago

why are we having the retreat up at falcon lakes again. the basehor library is a good place to have the retreat nice and roomy and it doesn't cost a dime to the taxpayers of basehor. have it at the vfw hall you can look out at the streets of basehor . the chairs at these places fit my butt just as good as falcon lakes . the cost last year at falcon lake was $500.00 to $600.00 but the mayor want a nice place and good food. not a subway sandwich or pizza , cause it is not coming out of his pocket it is coming out of each and every one of our pockets. you people of basehor need to speak up and call the council members and speak your mind or things wiil get worse. and the chief is getting paid for being city administrator he may know the law but he doesn't know the policies then he has to ask the city attorney and she doesn't know , so she ask another attorney.which cost us more money . why do we have her as a city attorney she doesn't know much about city business . thank you for your time come to the retreat thursday may 3, 2012 at 9:30 am at falcon lake

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careforthetown 2 years, 7 months ago

Good input Becky. Thanks!

Respectfully: Haven't seen or heard much out of the new Council members. I don't know about you gonna have some faith and give them the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully they show that they ment what they said in there articles. (Elt.)

Obviously the cities has more pressing things going on then How they spend $500- or more on a retreat. BUT It would certainly be nice to see the gesture of fiscal responsibility and maybe, just maybe a small amount of fain actions to keep us informed.

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careforthetown 2 years, 7 months ago

  • $100.00 Below average band or a Mediocre magician.
  • $100.00 Donation to the Library or a clubhouse.
  • $250.00 Catered food and delicious ice cold beverages.
  • **$60.00 of your own money at one of are fine establishments Enjoying Hot wings and a Frosty ice cold adult beverage off city time and its dime. (Not a bad idea!)

** Having 99.6 percent of the population of Basehor seeing that you care and are listening.... PRICELESS!! - For everything else there's the City card.

( Just hoping to spread some humor Instead of anger.)

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

We've been wondering about that...if the current city administrator has to ask the current city attorney who has to ask another attorney, then how does one know that she gave the correct "counsel" about the null and void legal contract since the alleged counsel to not fire the person for making it null and void in the first place totally goes against everything contract law stands for...put that with what appears the same questionable behaviors being repeated that got City Hall into trouble in the first place, and what do we have?

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LR 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Matt Erickson for letting us know our post, and "basehordream" post were removed because of references to outside weblinks in them.

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basehordream 2 years, 6 months ago

special meeting notification since the city nor the basehor paper will not properly do it

http://www.cityofbasehor.info/Schedule.php

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