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Letter: Mertz addresses recall charges

Basehor City Council President Dennis Mertz speaks during a town-hall meeting Sunday at Basehor Community Library, seated at a table next to city council member Iris Dysart. Mertz and Dysart, both of whom will be up for recall Feb. 28, answered questions from residents during the meeting.

Basehor City Council President Dennis Mertz speaks during a town-hall meeting Sunday at Basehor Community Library, seated at a table next to city council member Iris Dysart. Mertz and Dysart, both of whom will be up for recall Feb. 28, answered questions from residents during the meeting.

February 23, 2012

Editor's note: This letter, addressed to Basehor residents, was submitted to the Sentinel by Basehor City Council President Dennis Mertz.

Citizens of Basehor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have supported me and Iris Dysart through this turmoil of a recall election. It has been gratifying to learn how many citizens really do agree that change is needed, and your growing support is greatly appreciated. I have met a great many residents for the first time and will value their friendship for years to come.

I would also like to address our citizens who are or may not be aware of the recall election this coming Tuesday, February 28th. The underlying cause of this political turmoil lies in a major difference of opinion as to whether the administration (mayor and administrator) should have the sole power to spend funds or to make changes that your city council has not authorized.

For a number of years there have been contracts which were approved, altered or signed without council approval, which is against city policy. Last summer, I decided enough was enough. Previous city attorney Patrick Reavey reported that the administration violated some of our city policies, and this was not acceptable. He then gave an ultimatum that the administration would need to abide by the city policy or ask the council to change the policy if such changes were necessary. The mayor never brought such changes to the council. I asked several times for the city administrator and mayor to correct such violations of city policy. After months of the administration ignoring city policy and talks in executive sessions, I made the motion to remove the appointment of the city administrator, Mark Loughry. This was unpopular to some, but I believe the ethical and fiduciary responsibility I was sworn to required that this action be taken. The majority of the council agreed with me, and Mark Loughry was removed from his position as city administrator.

After that action, everything just spun out of control. Some of Mark Loughry’s neighbors, including members of the Falcon Lakes Homes Association board, started a petition against Iris Dysart and me for removing the city administrator from his position. The allegation of a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act is without merit – they oppose Loughry’s dismissal and have taken the desperate path of recall to overturn Council’s legal action. I have a duty to serve the entire community of Basehor regardless of the desire of any individual group or groups in our town to protect one of their own.

I would appreciate your support in bringing to Basehor the honesty and integrity it so deserves by voting NO to recall Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart. A NO vote will allow us to continue protecting your interests and tax dollars on the Basehor City Council.

Sincerely,

Dennis Mertz

Comments

OldtimeBasehor 2 years, 1 month ago

Dennis, I can't even begin to believe that you of all people would use the words ethical and fiduciary when speaking of yourself. You have never set an ethical example in your entire life.

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Talisman 2 years, 1 month ago

So Dennis, why not follow the "ethical and fiduciary" process to terminate the city administrator's contract? You demonize the mayor and administrator for ignoring policy and then YOU turn around and do the same EXACT thing! The contract had a procedure to dismiss the administrator but you were to inept/ignorant to follow it.

We don't want Mertz as mayor. Please vote to recall him!

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politico_guardian 2 years, 1 month ago

So, all mighty Talisman. Who would you choose for Mayor? ¿Breuer? The same man whom lost his temper and threw a fist full of papers across the council bench when he was upset? The same man you was belligerent to Fred Box when he was not going to vote for Breuer to become president of council? ¿Travis Miles? The man who helps run Suburban Water in which the Citizens' Utility Taxpayer Board (CURB) attorney addressed last week that the company has major problems and are avoiding answering questions about their finances. Kansas Corporation Commission staff spoke of perjury last week when it came to Suburban's financial statement. ¿Hill? The man whom blatantly ignored the previous city attorney. Ignored city policy. Altered contracts.

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OldtimeBasehor 2 years, 1 month ago

Follow The Yellow Brick Road To Nowhere Behind the curtain Jimmy the Wizard of Oz is pulling the levers and has sent Dorothy Dysart, Cowardly Lion Mertz, Scarecrow Moore and Tin Man Box out to get the broom of Elaine the Wicked Witch of the East after a house fell on her sister, Marilyn, the Wicked Witch of the West. Along the way they have created a $500,000 potential lawsuit for the Emerald City. Unfortunately in this story there are no ruby slippers. This little group, following Wizard Jimmy’s quest find themselves lost in the Dark Corners Forest with no Light.
Hopefully, the recall election will send all of them home and Emerald City will return to the beautiful, peaceful place that it once was. Let us hope and pray that the balloon full of hot air lifts off soon taking Jimmy the Wizard back to wherever he came from, gone forever from Emerald City.
The End

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johninbasehor 2 years, 1 month ago

politico_guardian: At least the good people you named, Breuer, Travis, Mayor Hill, even though they lose their tempers at times, (who doesn't), they aren't costing the taxpayers of the city $500,000 in a wrongful termination and slander suit, an extra $80,000 for the future city hall land, and extra $20,000 on an engineering bid for the wolf creek road, $1800 fee for a shown to be false ethics complaint against the current city attorney, and extra thousands of dollars for a special city audit that 90% of the cities the size of Basehor don't use because of the extra expense. All of the expenses that the Mayor was accused of incurring were actually approved by the city council, whom controls and votes on the budget, not the Mayor. By the way, what does where a council member works have to do with their job as our elected representative? Is it the job of a councilman to video tape Basehor police officers while on duty? Would any of you citizens quit a good paying job, move your family to a new city, all for a decrease in the insurance benefits you were already receiving? I think not. I believe the Mayor, that these benefits were understood, even though not transposed in writing. Those benefits were paid for two years, and the city manager was re-appointed several times since the signing of that contract. The Mayor is being punished for trying to do the right thing according to the city manager employment contract by paying the man off. Now he is being punished for that.

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 1 month ago

OldtimeBasehor, your time is over. It's the 21st century, come out from under your rock and post under your own name if you want to make such unwarranted character assinations on an honourable public servant.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 1 month ago

Poor Iris, she looks lost in the photo above.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

you are a rude and very sad person. do you know ms. Dysart? show some respect she has served longer than anyother councilperson. i guess money dont mean you have any manners. why dont you and the rest of falcon lakes fools grow up.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 1 month ago

mckinley you are a rude and assuming person. Jgreen simply stated that Iris looked lost in the photo. It was not meant to be demeaning. I do know Iris and she looks lost and tired. She has allowed herself to be led around by Mertz, Washington and that group of negative people. Somewhere she has lost herself and I think she is just worn out. That is not meant to be mean, I feel sorry for her.

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 1 month ago

nomorelies0187Theoneman (anonymous) says… McKinley2010: Why do you always assume that everything you read that disagrees with Iris and Dennis comes from Falcon Lakes residents? You need to get out more. Are you aware that there are 5000 residents in the city of Basehor? There are numerous housing areas with lots of people and no they don't all agree with you either. I know that you are just trying to spin some more of your evil thoughts but give it up! You should be very careful when referring to the KBI and Attorney General. There very well could be arrests made and you will certainly be surprised! They may be knocking on your door next. Referring to the Mayor as a criminal is a poor choice of words. When you soon eat those words they may not taste very good.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

i can assure you that is not the way she looks when she is at a loss for words. i would be shocked if she ever found herself in that state. if even one of you worked as hard as she has the last 9 years you might have a idea about what it is to be a city leader. i can assure you she aint doing it from Italian delight on the taxpayers dime.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 1 month ago

McKinley2010: Iris is a councilperson and she has a rsponsiblity to all taxpayers not just a small group of small minded persons. The way in which you try to defend her makes her look bad. You are just making your case look even worse.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

have you ever talked to iris? if you have then you will know that she has never done anything except watchout for all the citizens of basehor. for the last 9 years she has given up time with her family and friends in an honest effort to guard the public trust. the rude and compleatly untrue things i have seen in this forum make me ashamed to be from basehor.

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OldtimeBasehor 2 years, 1 month ago

Follow The Yellow Brick Road To Nowhere Behind the curtain Jimmy the Wizard of Oz is pulling the levers and has sent Dorothy Dysart, Cowardly Lion Mertz, Scarecrow Moore and Tin Man Box out to get the broom of Elaine the Wicked Witch of the East after a house fell on her sister, Marilyn, the Wicked Witch of the West. Along the way they have created a $500,000 potential lawsuit for the Emerald City. Unfortunately in this story there are no ruby slippers. This little group, following Wizard Jimmy’s quest find themselves lost in the Dark Corners Forest with no Light.
Hopefully, the recall election will send all of them home and Emerald City will return to the beautiful, peaceful place that it once was. Let us hope and pray that the balloon full of hot air lifts off soon taking Jimmy the Wizard back to wherever he came from, gone forever from Emerald City.
The End

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

if truly silly B.S. like this is what dennis & iris have to battle then congrats are in order on their victory.

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jayhawk83 2 years, 1 month ago

It is apparent from this whole situation that the only interests you wish to protect are your own. Purchasing power was voted on and given to the the former administrator as a means of efficiency by the council you sit on. Your whole gripe with Loughry stems from a contract drafting error made by the same lawyer that you are singing the praises of in your letter. At the end of the day, you have exposed the city to a great liability, forever changed the life of the Loughry family, and want to ruin Hill's reputation.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

wow mark loughry must have been like jesus & joe montana rolled into one. its a pure mystery that a man as wonderful as he must have been has not cured cancer and ended poverty. why he was a very overflowing cup of the very cream of human goodness. i only have one question. if he cared so much about the citizens of basehor.

why then did he sue them for a half million dollars. greed that why. personaly i would not give a bucket of pee for his chances of ever seeing a dime. when his lawyer comes to this conclusion the silly lawsuit will vanish like a fart in the wind.

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jayhawk83 2 years, 1 month ago

This is hilarious. I have not sung his praises, only pointed out fact. You think that a man who has been openly wronged by this city council would just stand back and take it? He has rights, and the city blatantly disregarded those rights. How would you feel if you were wrongfully terminated from your position, and then drug through the mud like a criminal? No charges have ever or will ever be filed. Then, those who sought to remove you in such a distasteful way decide to add insult to injury by stripping you of the benefits outlined in your contract? It's laughable that the council acted this way in spite of their legal counsel. And, you seem to be completely at ease with this turn of events. Are you aware of what a legally binding contract entails? Obviously not...

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

im a lot more informed than you are. mark loughry and terry hill belong in prison. if they really felt the contract was mis worded. they had every chance to bring the changes to the council for a vote on amendment. they did no such thing. they did however break many laws be hiding from public view and wrongfuly altering it without the councils approval. why did they do this? the answer is simple. they knew they were lying and that they had no chance of getting it passed. that makes them criminals.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 1 month ago

And your idiotic comments make you a complete fool. When I post who you are you are the one who will need an attorney.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

thanks for the threat whoever you are. i am here under my own name. i will however pass your threat along to the F.B.I. and F.C.C. they dont take threats lightly. vote no to recall dysart & mertx:)

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jayhawk83 2 years, 1 month ago

Where you are getting your information is laughable, and certainly as misinformed as most Mertz/Dysart proponents. An oversight in a contract can be amended by both parties with a witness, which is what was done. Hill represents the city, and knew that the payment for Loughry and his family was part of the deal when they negotiated terms. It was what he received from Hays; why would that not be a stipulation at the new job? When the council finally got the amendment to the contract they asked for as drafted by Marcano, they voted it down and dismissed Loughry. Please specify which of the many laws Hill and Loughry broke, why the KBI investigations turned up nothing, and why not charges have been filed? Simple: there are none! While I can't say I'm happy about Hill, you can bet that I'm still celebrating tonight.

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mckinley2010 2 years, 1 month ago

well looks like my friend nothingbutlies took his or her ball and went home.

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