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Basehor mayor will be part of Feb. 28 recall election

Basehor Mayor Terry Hill speaks to the Basehor Chamber of Commerce during his 2012 State of the City address  Thursday at Community National Bank in Basehor.

Basehor Mayor Terry Hill speaks to the Basehor Chamber of Commerce during his 2012 State of the City address Thursday at Community National Bank in Basehor.

February 10, 2012

New voter ID rules

The Basehor recall election Feb. 28 will be the first Leavenworth County election to be subject to the voter ID law passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2011.

Beginning with this election, each voter will need to show a photo ID before voting at a polling place. Each voter requesting a ballot by mail must write down his or her driver's license number on the form or send a copy of a photo ID. Voters 65 or older may use expired documents.

For more information about the voter ID requirements, visit the Kansas Secretary of State's website at sos.ks.gov, or call (800) 262-VOTE.

Basehor recall petitions

Previous Sentinel coverage of the efforts to recall Basehor City Council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart and Basehor Mayor Terry Hill:

Oct. 31: Residents launch effort to recall Mertz, Dysart over Loughry firing

Nov. 2: Mertz, Dysart deny recall group's accusations

Nov. 14: New recall petition targets mayor

Nov. 22: Mayor responds in letter to residents

Dec. 7: Recall email raises concerns

Dec. 20: Election set for Feb. 28

Jan. 12: Judge rules for mayor's recall election to continue

Basehor Mayor Terry Hill will appear on the city's Feb. 28 recall ballot after the Kansas Court of Appeals on Thursday denied his request to put his election on hold.

The mayor said Friday that he planned to mount a brief campaign in advance of the election. He also said he would continue to pursue the matter in court, even though the case would likely not be decided until long after the election and it would have no effect on whether he remains in office.

“I want those allegations cleared from my name,” Hill said.

Hill had filed a motion for a stay, asking the appeals court to halt his recall election until it had made a final ruling on his appeal. The mayor had appealed an earlier ruling in Leavenworth District Court, when a judge ruled for the election to proceed despite deeming invalid two of the four official grounds for recall against Hill.

The two grounds thrown out by the judge concerned purchases made by Hill and his attendance at city council meetings.

The two remaining grounds allege that the mayor wrongly altered the contract of former city administrator Mark Loughry to provide additional health benefits, and that he authorized a severance check to Loughry without city council approval. Hill has denied any wrongdoing, saying the changes to Loughry's contract were authorized by the city council and the severance check was required by Loughry's contract.

City council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart will also be up for recall on Feb. 28.

Comments

basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

The allegations will not be cleared because they are true. Anyone requesting the proof should visit www.dysartmertz.com

You can send out all the letters you want trying to cover it up. Your smear campaign will not work.

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 10 months ago

Third bite at the apple for Mr. Hill - he reallllyyyy doesn't want to face the citizens. For the truth visit http://terryhillrecall.com/

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KSman57 2 years, 10 months ago

I am in no way a supporter of Dysart, Mertz, or Hill, but I am trying to do my research before casting my vote. I found the email string between Mark Loughry, Terry Hill, and Patrick Reavey extremely interesting. It seems as though Loughry and Hill were trying to handle some things without the council or public knowing it. This is the problem with governing bodies. They are elected BY THE PEOPLE and are supposed to do things FOR THE PEOPLE, but often times do not want the very people that elected them to know what is happening. Clean house...start over...be more aware of who is doing what.

http://www.dysartmertz.com/uploads/Patrick_Exhibit_C.pdf

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basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

per terryhillrecall.com

"AND THE BEST OF ALL. THE MAYOR SPENT $810.00 at the Basehor post office on Feb 2nd to mail you propaganda. This just showed up on the Visa statement. Are you wondering who is paying for the slander campaign? You are!!! That is 1,800 stamps!!!!! This was done using your tax dollars by Mayor Hill!!!"

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whostheboss 2 years, 10 months ago

Question for "basehordream".... Are you refering to the letter sent from the City stating the good things that the City Council and City staff worked on together to achived last year? I have talked to fellow residents who also have kids in the sport programs and they are pleased with the Field of Dreams changes but you want to slam the Mayor because he informed us TAX payers. The only thing we all should be talking about is how you all need to grow up and remove all the stupid signs, especially the hand painted ones along our city streets. You all have embarrassed the whole community long enough. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR STUPID SIGNS!!!! This means BOTH PARTIES. The people already know how they will vote so lets clean up our streets.

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nomorelies0187 2 years, 10 months ago

it really is sad what is happening field of dreams is what we need not having our kids sit in frontof a game for hours

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OldtimeBasehor 2 years, 10 months ago

Fellow citizens of Basehor, this is my first comment in the Basehor Sentinel. I have set back and read the articles and blogs until now. I am late in joining the story, but I hope I can shed some light on the recall processes going on in the city which are littering our streets with signs as well as damaging our reputation as a friendly city attractive to new residents and businesses.
I regularly attend council meetings where I had witnessed an event last spring that is the beginning of the fighting that has been going on in the city. Former City Administrator Mark Loughry changed IT companies for the City of Basehor. At the end of the city council meeting when the IT change was announced, Jim Washington approached Mark Loughry and said clearly that he was going to get even. A number of us present heard that threat. Incidentally, the Information Technology services that had been removed as a city vendor happens to be a company founded by Jim Washington and currently run by his family. The council meeting where “The Purple Guys” were removed as the Information Technology service, a number of people witnessed Washington approach Loughry, get in his face and threaten to get even after the meeting was adjourned. It looks like he made good on his word. Within a couple of months, Loughry was blindsided at a council meeting and removed from office by three friends of Mr. Washington. No reason was given at the time nor has there been a reason given to this day. As a result, Mertz and Dysart, were recalled based on a KOMA violation. There does not need to be proof that they met in a secret place and discussed the termination of Loughry. An outside party conducting individual conversations with 3 council members persuading them to take action is a KOMA violation. Their behavior at the council meeting was clear evidence they had discussed and were of like mind before the council meeting. County rules prevent recalling more than two council members at a time.
As a result of the recall of Mertz and Dysart, several more friends of Mr. Washington recalled Mayor Hill in what appears to be retaliation. Two of the four allegations against Mayor Hill were thrown out by the judge which casts a lot of suspicion on the other two. I received a letter with 10 thousand dollars of charges the mayor had made with a city charge card. I took it upon myself to check with the Basehor City Clerk and discovered that 90% of the charges listed were false. We had trusted Mayor Hill with our money and I was relieved to find out that he had not violated that trust. I am tired of this fight. I hold Jim Washington a.k.a. “Light the dark corners” responsible.

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Dennis Mertz 2 years, 10 months ago

OK, well I have kept from commenting until now. I must bring some right to the wrong that "OldtimeBasehor" has misinformed the public in his above post.

First, After the mentioned meeting regarding the "purple guys" in which I voted against, I went off the bench and went directly over to Mr. Washington to discuss why I voted against his Son-in-law's company. It was a business decision. I walked him to his vehicle and explained my business decision I had made so I don't know when he could have threatened Mr. Loughry. Quit telling lies.

Second, I also reviewed the "10 thousand dollars" in charges on the website against Terry. I believe the judge corrected himself if I am correct about this. About 90% were direct purchases or purchases that Terry spent himself or approved to be spent. I have that in writing from Terry and Visa statements. The other is something that may be from staff and have not researched 100% of it. Know the facts. Come see me if you want my copies.

I further checked the list of people that came into the meeting that night and do not see where there was a "number of people witnessed" to be true.

I have come forward to speak truth and stand up with some moral courage and take a public stance to this nonsense.

If you would like spending and altering of contracts to continue on as they have been then recall me.

If you would like to see a change where these acts will not be tolerated then KEEP myself and Iris. Iris and I have nothing to lose and NO family ties or influence. We are not a builders, contractors or developers that work for the City nor do we have family on the Council or staff.

I go to City Hall twice a month with pride knowing that I will make ethical business decisions and some people may not be happy but that is what I took an oath to do.

There was NO KOMA violation and the actions taken were discussed to the Mayor 45 days prior to action and we also had an executive session for 20 minutes 7 days before action was taken. A claim of KOMA violation is absurd. This claim has no merit.

If anyone would like to come by my office (2722 N. 155th Street) feel free and get any copies of any documents that you feel to make an educated decision as to what is true and what is merely propaganda which is a slight of hand to mislead the public. What I have are actual emails and VISA statements. This is impossible to dispute!

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nomorelies0187 2 years, 10 months ago

anyone can make a fake visa statement and e-mails sent from a friend.. City Clerk it will be stamped , and you have no room to say that Terry has mislead the people of this city with your back door deals for he without sin cast the 1 stone...

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 10 months ago

Dennis, give it a rest! You don't even know the meaning of truth. Your office would be the last place that anyone would look for it.

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OldtimeBasehor 2 years, 10 months ago

If anyone is interested in seeing actual and truthful documents please go to City Hall and ask the City Clerk not Dennis Mertz. Dennis's lies continue.

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basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

How can you lie on a visa statement? Do tell me specifically, how can that be a lie?

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nomorelies0187 2 years, 10 months ago

how do people make fake money ?? same thing all you need is a computer and a logo

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basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

I see that some of the statements are on the website. This is hard to dispute. This looks to be the entire statement. What is astonishing is that they are charging up to $55,000 a month on the credit cards. I think this is a bigger problem than what has been talked about. The firm I work at does not give out credit cards. We have to submit forms for reimbursement. This is out of hand.

http://terryhillrecall.com/Facts.php

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onlythetruth 2 years, 10 months ago

I have looked at the statements and it appears to me that the bulk of the charges that you speak of are from vendors (Accounts Payable) that provide services to the community of Basehor.

For example Deffenbaugh Industries ($18,000-$20,000) – Trash Service Net standard ($2900) – IT Services for City

Please stop trying to manipulate the Basehor Community with all of this misleading information. I am sure that your next post will say that the $20,000 to Deffenbaugh Industries was also charged by Mayor Hill. Must have a lot of boxes to through away from all the stuff you claim he receives from Amazon.

The letter that the Recall committee against Mayor Hill mailed out to residents that alleged spending by Mayor Hill, provided false information over 90% of the alleged $10776 was determined to not to have been charged by Mayor Hill, though an open records request with the City of Basehor. To find the truth visit.

http://mayorhill.basehor-recall.com

The Best one of them all is that the recall committee alleged that Mayor Hill spent $3990 on Ingram’s Magazine. However, if we look at the 11/7/2011 visa statement you provide on the recall site for mayor hill we can see on page 6 that the City of Basehor's actual expense was $695 (not made by Mayor Hill). The remaining $3295 was paid for by Valley View Bank ($1000), USD #458($1245), Citizen’s Bank($250), Chamber of Commerce($500), and First State Bank ($300). The recall committee against Mayor Hill has provided proof on their own website that the information that they have mailed out to residents is false.

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basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Councilman Travis Miles (nephew to the Mayor). Next time you want to help don't forget to erase your info from the page source. Too bad you only sampled a few charges which were not debated. Let the voters look and decide.

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nomorelies0187 2 years, 10 months ago

Many of you have been in this city for a long time but as a outsider, as a part time PI i have looked into the whole mess, Dennis Mertz. has been very dishonest with the fine people of Basehor. now with Iris she is so old and feeble minded that its time for her to step down she has no clue what is going on in city matter.Terry has done a lot for the city.and for all of Basehor JUST LOOK AND SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR CITY ITS BEING TORN APART BECAUSE OF LIES AND HATE THIS EVERYONE IS CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST.. .

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Ronald Grover 2 years, 10 months ago

Nomorelies0187,

I've only been out here in the Basehor area for 25 years and nearly the whole time the governance of the area has been nothing but a big incestuous relationship between special interest builders, family members and what I call "The Basehor Social Club", a group of long time Basehor people that are tight and want no change and operate only in their own self interests, not in the best interest of the city and community.

I really don't have much of a dog in this hunt because I live about 1/4 mile outside the city limits but in my opinion it's time to clean up/out the whole mess. It took years to get the school board and its old bickering ways headed in the right direction, it's time to begin on city government. Now is the time to get new faces and new names in leadership positions. I hope the next election there are new people that are progressive and open minded run for these positions.

Look around, what has our leadership gotten us as a community? Look at the growth and progress in Tonganoxie, Lansing, Bonner and Shawnee. It's almost as if Basehor is hung up in a time warp. Basehor, the closest area in Leavenworth County to the Village West developments, good highway infrastructure and accessibility, high average household income, an award winning school district, plenty of open space but in our area we think it's a big thing to get an Orschelin's. Give me a break! With good leadership we would be setting high standards and developers would be anxious to tap the Basehor market.

Just my $.02

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 10 months ago

i totally agree I just don't think that the mayor is to blame I have met Terry Hill a few times,he a honest man family man I find it sad that you have to try and smash him into the ground.Lies and pettiness are hurting a man character

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Ronald Grover 2 years, 10 months ago

I am not smashing any single person. My point is to look at the holistic nature of what is going on and measure the outcomes. As I said before, the outcomes leave a lot to be desired. So much missed potential by leadership.

I don't know Mertz or Hill. I know of Dysart because of her past actions for many years. When I moved to the Basehor area David Breuer was president of school board. My kids went to school with Miles. IMO, Box is just in over his head.

My whole point is we don't need to throw out the baby with the bath water but Basehor citizens need to wake up and understand that what was good enough in the past is no longer good enough today.

If they are related to others in leadership, related to those working for the city or a pawn of special interest then they need to go. Sorry but that is just good management.

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Ronald Grover 2 years, 10 months ago

I am not smashing any single person. My point is to look at the holistic nature of what is going on and measure the outcomes. As I said before, the outcomes leave a lot to be desired. So much missed potential by leadership.

I don't know Mertz or Hill. I know of Dysart because of her past actions for many years. When I moved to the Basehor area David Breuer was president of school board. My kids went to school with Miles. IMO, Box is just in over his head.

My whole point is we don't need to throw out the baby with the bath water but Basehor citizens need to wake up and understand that what was good enough in the past is no longer good enough today.

If they are related to others in leadership, related to those working for the city or a pawn of special interest then they need to go. Sorry but that is just good management.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 10 months ago

im not saying you are but Dennis Mertz. is down right doging Terry I try to follow our lord Jesus way I just hate seeing it come to this

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enough 2 years, 10 months ago

omg, feb 28th can't get here fast enough! too much drama. if people aren't careful the city could wind up on the entire back page of the kc star section A just like Gardner did for all the pettiness within their council and mayor (sunday 2/12/12 paper).

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 10 months ago

really/ i see your point Its has just been released that the City of Basehor is now being sued by the previous City Administrator, for the actions and comments that were made by Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart. The City of Basehor is being sued, because Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart failed to follow the termination process as defined by the City Administrator's employment contract. The City of Basehor is also being sued, because of the statements that were made by Dennis Mertz, Iris Dysart and Fred Box following the termination of Mark Loughry. this is fact the mayor had nothing with that those are your tax dollars

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kbrown 2 years, 10 months ago

Part I

Demzilla, DataMart, and Voter Vault.

These are national databases used to “get out the vote” and shared at the state and local levels of government. If you are in any way shape or form involved with politics and serving in a political capacity you can get access to these data-mines, respective of your party affiliation and of course, a user fee.

What most people do not know is those national data bases can really drill down into your preferences (items other than phone numbers, residences, emails). The information is continuously refined from any transaction completed with a magnetic strip, frequented websites, canvassing, passed political contributors, magazine subscriptions, and so forth. The data presented is to target fund raising. These programs were designed to “get out the vote” but those data-mines can gather, analyze, and present some statistical data such as; if you like to eat at Italian food restaurants on a Tuesday and steak restaurant on a Thursday.

I recall an unsolicited email went out a while back on 7 DEC. Here’s that article link: http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2011/...

Where am I going with this? Well, I received a letter postmarked Kansas City, no return address, with a ‘forever” stamp. In that letter, was a photo copy of a law office form with legal charges detailing various counts of character defamation against a person and, another piece of paper for a web site to glean the truth.

Really? There are now 1118 websites about the City of Basehor truth now, 50,025 comments and counting on 4987 thread topics, spanning 4 continents…anyhow, back to these databases, I don’t know who is responsible for putting together the: Basehor Voter at address xxxxxxxxx, campaign, I don’t know who paid for the stamp. I don’t know who drove them to KC post office. I don’t know who sent the unsolicited email. Really, I don’t know. Also, the letter went into the trash, not the recycling, but trash, after 3 minutes of reading page after page of legal-ese speak and that unsolicited email was deleted into the digital nether-world long ago.

I’ll say it once again, the recall has the chance to negate the citizens voice because if a recall is successful then appointments follow. That is not the voice of the people rather, the voice of division. So divisive, it ranks right up there with TV drama shows such as Dallas, Peyton’s Place, and Dynasty—no offense to Larry Hagman, Lana Wood, Joan Collins—but, the drama in responses does have a Beverly Hills 90210 script to it. Hopefully the Sentinel retains the rights for the TV script that is ongoing and the City of Basehor gets royalties from the syndication of its reruns.

Oh—by the way, I don’t have access to any of those data-mine programs and I’m not even suggesting anyone in local government has access to them, has targeted the “Voter’s of Basehor,” I don’t know.

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kbrown 2 years, 10 months ago

Part II

I can offer my speculation if someone did that, they are clearly wrong but I just don’t know if someone accessed those databases. I do know, for entertainment’s sake, I wouldn’t mind getting a bag of popcorn, a lawn chair, and sitting at City Hall to see what unfolds after the election—that is unless I have to purchase a lawn chair permit.

Demzilla: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/08/03/IN296956.DTL&ao=2 Voter Vault: http://www.filpac.com/votervault.htm

Hoping to see everyone at the City Council meeting after the vote— maybe a nice bonfire with all those signs and a weeny roast right in the parking lot—how much is a burn permit within city limits and do I need to purchase a food vendor permit too?

Disclaimer—this is a letter from kbrown, any resemblances of someone else on school board, city council, the RNC, the DNC, your employer, your father, your church, the TV shows Dallas, Peyton Place, Dynasty, and Beverly Hills 90120, your child’s sports team, or even your neighbor, is purely coincidental but rest assured, meant).

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kbrown 2 years, 10 months ago

...had an outdated reference above mentioning demzilla--it's now called voter action network http://www.ngpvan.com/clients (regardless, the data-mining programs are becoming prolific and the lastest newest buzz word is "cloud mining"). http://www.data-mining-blog.com/data-mining/cloud-mining-crm-data-mining-in-the-cloud/ That term is not limited to political parties.

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 10 months ago

ProudOfOurCity (anonymous) says… LTDC: Mr. Washington you are pathetic. Since you have no successes in your life and have never accomplished anything of importance, your only method to call attention to your narcissistic self is to tear down others. Nothing comes from you that has value. You constantly criticize, ridicule and more than anything else lie about every topic you address. You continue to try to influence citizens with your hateful comments. You must have no conscience because you have no problem trying to destroy people's lives with your lies who have not bowed down to you. If you are so miserable with Basehor please do us all a favor and move back to where you came from. Your new name should be DarkenEveryCornerWithHatred.

February 9, 2012 at 10:41 a.m. ( permalink | reply | suggest removal | )

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politico_guardian 2 years, 10 months ago

Is it true that the mayor tried to pay off the city admin with over $50,000.00 without governing body approval¿ http://terryhillrecall.com/uploads/Loughry_50000_payoff_by_mayor.pdf

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Talisman 2 years, 10 months ago

Politico....

Is it true that Mertz, Dysart and Box didn't follow the termination clause in the former city administrators contract??? Had they done so, I would bet we wouldn't be facing all of this ridiculousness.

Voters.....please remember that Dysart/Mertz are not necessarily connected. You can vote to recall one and not the other. The only way Mertz survives this recall will be by hanging onto Dysart's coattails!

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 10 months ago

Talisman...... I believe that the $50,000 was what Mr. Loughry was owed. Now in thanks to Mertz, Dysart and Box we can add an additional zero to that amount. You are correct about Mertz and Dysart not being necessarily connected on the ballot. Bu let us not forget that they both voted to fire Loughry without following the contract and that both of them along with Box are going to cost the City a huge sum of money! And you are absolutely correct.............if the three of them had not been seeking revenge along with LightTheDarkCorners the city would not be facing all of this ridiculousness.

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 10 months ago

Talisman: I found some more info that I knew you would be interested in.

City purchasing policy states that once a contract is approved, the expenditure of funds to satisfy that contract is not subject to further Council review. Council had approved the contract, provided for funding in the contract in the budget and confirmed his reappointment in April by unanimously 5-0.
Mark Loughry's contract clearly called for severance pay to be paid if he was terminated. The only way to not pay this is if he was found guilty of a crime. He was never charged with or found guilty of a crime therefore the contract was followed by the mayor and staff. For the mayor and staff to not attempt to pay the severance pay called for under contract would have been a violation of City policy. Additionally, City Attorney reviewed and agreed with the check being issued on the next available payday.

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basehordream 2 years, 10 months ago

Talisman:

from dysartmertz.com

No lawsuit was filed. There was an insurance claim filed. There is enough documentation by the City to squash any such claim.

severance agreements can not be issued by the Mayor alone without the governing body and I believe this is the reason the Judge gave!

the new city attorney will rubber stamp anything the mayor wants

law enforcement does not take someone down overnight. it took months before they arrested the former basehor wolf creek grocery store owner 2 weeks ago.

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Talisman 2 years, 10 months ago

basehordream...

I wasn't speaking of the lawsuit instead I was discussing the ridiculousness of the recall petitions. What I was trying to make clear is that had the termination clause been followed we wouldn't have this pettiness, more than likely a resignation. Unfortunately, many are not going to understand the harm that Mertz/Dysart/Box have caused our City.

Also, if you are insinuating that there is going to be an arrest, you really are in a dream!!!

Please remember that Mertz and Dysart are not connected at the hip. I'm hopeful our good citizens will make the right decision on the 28th.

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