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Basehor mayor denies request for special council meeting before recalls take effect

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.

March 2, 2012, 11:40 a.m.

Updated: March 2, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

Terry Hill

Terry Hill

Fred Box

Fred Box

Shortly after Basehor residents voted to remove them from office, Basehor City Council members Iris Dysart and Dennis Mertz joined with member Fred Box this week to call for a special council meeting in order to appoint a new council president, the Sentinel has learned.

Mayor Terry Hill, whom residents also voted to recall earlier this week, denied their request for a special meeting on Thursday.

Dysart said the purpose of the special meeting would have been for the three council members to appoint Box as the new council president so that he would become mayor after the three recalled officials are removed from office. That moment is expected to be shortly after the clock strikes midnight early Tuesday morning, after county commissioners canvass recall election votes Monday.

“We are still legitimately councilpeople until Tuesday morning at 12:01,” Dysart said Friday.

Box was the third council member, along with Mertz and Dysart, to vote for the surprise firing of former city administrator Mark Loughry in September — the action on which the petition seeking the recall of the two council members centered. Leaders of the recall effort said last fall that the only reason they did not also seek to recall Box was that state law forbids the recall of a majority of the city council at the same time.

Dysart said she had called for the special meeting because she was concerned about the city’s future.

“This is just really important,” she said.

Hill told the Sentinel on Friday he had denied the request for the meeting because he believed it was inappropriate for the council to take any action until voters’ wishes had been carried out and he, Mertz and Dysart were no longer in office.

“We have no need for a special meeting,” Hill said.

Box said he began the effort to have a special meeting, but he declined to comment on what the meeting’s purpose was. He also said he did not take issue with the mayor’s choice to deny the request.

Mertz, the current council president, said that he signed the request for a meeting when a city staff member brought it to him, and he did not know who had started the effort. He said it was his general policy to sign on to a request for a special meeting made by another council member.

“I thought it was kind of rude not to do it if another council member wants to do it,” Mertz said.

Basehor City Clerk Corey Swisher confirmed that on Wednesday the city had received a request for a special meeting, signed by Mertz, Dysart and Box, to appoint a new council president. The mayor denied the request, Swisher said.

State statute allows for the mayor to authorize a special meeting if it's requested by three council members, said Kim Winn, deputy director of the League of Kansas Municipalities. The mayor is not required to call a meeting if council members request it.

The council is scheduled to meet again before the officials are removed, at 7 p.m. Monday. That gathering is a work session, though, during which the council can only have discussion and cannot take any action. There are no items on the agenda, and Hill said he planned to call the meeting to order and immediately ask the council to adjourn.

Comments

johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

What a bunch of power hungry politicians that would do anything to keep their faction in power, even if it slaps the face of the voters whom overwhelmingly voted to fire them. If Box became Mayor, he could appoint all his cronies to the city council vacated positions, thus keeping their free spending policies going as they continue to pick the pockets of the citizens of Basehor. This circus needs to come to an end, with the citizens remembering what Box tried to pull on the voters. Thank goodness Mr. Hill had the scruples to defend the citizens from Mr. Washington and his group of three, Box, Dysart, and Mertz. By the way, doesn't this action show that these council people are indeed holding secret meetings out of the public view to discuss council business and strategy? Isn't that the reason they were fired by the voters in the first place? How about instead of wasting our money on extra engineering and audit fees, taking some of that money and paving our gravel roads and roads that need repair, that we travel daily.

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kbrown 2 years, 6 months ago

While it is ultimately the residents of Leavenworth County tax dollars, funds you mention are in a different pots and different responsibilities, IMO.

Leavenworth County Commissioner John Flower is all over, and on top of, the road improvement and infrastructure within the county and a great spokesman when broadcasting our county needs to KDOT.

I seriously doubt any resources will be magically "found" to go towards paving gravel roads in an accelerated time frame, that is unless the mil rates raise substanstially.

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listenupAmerica 2 years, 6 months ago

Just a question for you two, where are these gravel roads located in Basehor that you speak of? Or are you two just dissing our older roads in town??

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kbrown 2 years, 6 months ago

You two?

I never said thing one against the roads but, if your asking me, Both Parallel and Leavenworth roads from 7 Highway into town are in sad shape. Then 147, from Field of Dreams to Parallel, if paved IMO would serve as a viable bypass instead of jumping onto the Kansas Speedway, er, HWY 7.

As it stands, that interchange off of 24/40 to go to the middle school is just a tradegy waiting to happen. I could list about a dozen North/South roads and East/West roads that would tie in nicely with Dot counties efforts to link into 435. But. again, it would take a lot of money and KDOT has some really good plans in the works that should be considered before committing funds as it affects the county.

If you want an expert opinion about paving roads within Basehor you probably should ask someone more qualified than me--such as our postal drivers and our bus drivers.

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listenupAmerica 2 years, 6 months ago

I can agree with your comments completly. The roads in town are not the best but they've been that way. I think sidewalks from one end of the town to the other and in several other locations should be a priority. Anyways I was just confused on the gravel road statements, I just couldn't think of any. We are on the same side and page, just needed clarification.

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

I remember when Leavenworth Road WAS a gravel road. It hasn't been a gravel road for YEARS.... It's a whole lot better than it used to be, so is Parallel.

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kbrown 2 years, 6 months ago

Excellent point about sidewalks, especially when children walk to school on the plowed roads during winter time.

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becky 2 years, 6 months ago

if you live in falon lakes . i bet you want your little road with 3 little patches filled. the road on 142 parallel has many big patches on they road . Who do the citzens want to fix what road.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Becky, Let it go. This city has a lot more to worry about than fixing roads. It is called a $500,000 lawsuit. Please take a spelling class.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

142nd between parallel and state ave, only HALF belongs to the city, it's cluster )#($ of a arguement on who would need to pay to fix it. . . Oh well, just don't live down there I guess LOL; I avoid it at alllll costs.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

Becky, in reply to your post:

There are eleven homes on the part of 142nd that needs repaving and only the west side of that road is owned by the city of Basehor. There are about 70 homes that are affected by the collapsing pavement at the east entrance of Falcon Lakes, and that road is 100% owned by the city. Let's look at the amount of tax dollars that are being paid by said homeowners.

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MertDysart 2 years, 6 months ago

FYI Dennis, rumor has it that Matt Erickson of the Basehor Sentinel has been pushing the request for the special meeting. While council members Dysart and Mertz are technically council members for a while longer, they need to respect the will of the people. The vote speaks for itself. For the current council to conduct ANY further business would be a slap in the face to the voters of this city. Ms Dysart, the only concern you have for the city's future is how this election will impact YOUR select group of friends. That is the reason you were recalled in the first place. It was your lack of concern for the majority of the people in this city that put you in this position. The City of Basehor will continue to grow, it's inevitable and so will the number of people who want responsible representation for all, not just a select few. Thank you for awakening the masses to the freedoms we should all enjoy.

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Dennis 2 years, 6 months ago

Matt Erickson made no such move to request a special meeting. He is simply reporting news. Dennis Anderson Managing Editor Basehor Sentinel

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MertDysart 2 years, 6 months ago

Don't be so sure. Maybe Mr. Erickson should start by reporting ALL the facts in his articles and not just the ones that benefit the few. I can show you many examples of this and I will tell you Mr. Anderson, that reporting style is not appreciated. The media carries power, but only to the extent that the people will tolerate the abuse. Please, in the future, learn to report all of what you know. When people eventually learn the truth, they tend to discount the Sentinel as an accurate source and right now, you're pushing the limit.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

Dennis Anderson

What you have to realize is that this bunch of politicans and their followers have blamed everyone for everything except their own politicians who can do no wrong. Matt Erickson has done a commendable job of reporting on this circus.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Dennis: Which city staff person brought you the request to sign?

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 6 months ago

So, Terry, you wanted to fire another quality staff member before you were removed? How'd you miss out getting that last bit of revenge done before you left this city in a shambles?

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Jimmy, don't blame Mayor Hill for the shambles. You Jimmy Washington and the poor pathetic fools that listened to you are the ones that caused the mess. Speaking of revenge...........why does the name Purple Guys keep showing up whenever the word revenge is used? From what I heard from the city employees at the last work session is that they loved Mayor Hill and think very poorly of you Jimmy.

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

No sense in making Box mayor, he'll be recalled next, then we'll have to reappoint another mayor.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

If you think he is doing such a bad job, Why don't you put yourself in the running and see how that turns out.

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

Don't put words in my mouth. I didn't say if he would be bad or good, but it was mentioned months ago about him being recalled as well but it couldn't be done at the same time.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

First off, I have been watching this circus since the start. I'm fairly annoyed at the majority of people jumping on the political bandwagon and hating Mr. Fred Box. If you have known Box before the council, he is a stand up man. Hardworking all of his life, good hearted, smart and strong willed. He has a solid opinion of things, but does not let his own agenda, as you say, get in the way. Fred in no way needs the money from this, does not need tax breaks, special roads, has no business in Basehor profiting from his workings in the council. Box simply wants to see Basehor grow. Box supports growth, supports the police, supports the fire department, churches, charity organizations. Box has been a working member of the VFW in Basehor for MANY MANY years, helping children, veterens, troubled youth, by sharing his stories of his trials and tribulations. It would take a very VERY brave man to say a bad work about Fred Box without looking at their OWN mistakes and their OWN misjudgements and actually say "Hey, I've made some mistakes and someone gave me a chance." But you know, being on the council really puts you in a position to be scrutinized by people you once trusted. People you once loved and adored I suppose will turn their backs on you and trash you on the internet. I feel that if you have something you need to say about Fred, or heck, anyone, you need to go to their office, sit down and speak with them personally. I know for a fact, Fred will sit with you and explain his decisions.

Let this stuff go, give Box a chance to pull us out of the gutter. Fred has always done me right, always given his whole heart to me and my family. Fred has gone out of his way several times for people, I have witnessed this first hand. Fred never asks a thing in return. Fred has a heart and that is what this city needs, a heart and an ear and Fred will listen to all sides before making a decision. Fred does not have any "Cronies" as you put it. If anyone should take the spots on the council, bring the guy from Cedar Lakes back. Bring some people in who don't have a personal agenda. I know everyone does, but hey, at least you can try? I know Iris didn't support alot of things that would have been good for the city, but she went with what she thought was best. When they reported that in the news three or so years ago, you didn't publically scrutinize every bad decision she made? Why start now? Lets let it go. Grow up, and move on.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

Box also holds secret meetings with other council members in violation of the Kansas open meetings laws. I for one do not want this guy representing me.

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becky 2 years, 6 months ago

show us the proof about these special meeting

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

He's put in his resignation so he is out..

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Box is one of the three who took us into the gutter. Give it up.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh, another thing: WELCOME ORCHELINS! The city did great things bringing a new store to Basehor. The city is growing whether you like the direction it is going or not. Time to focus on the positive. This circus has been more negative, pointing out faults, instead of the promising future we could have. We never point out the GOOD things the council did, only the negative. Well, as yourself something, what have YOU done for the city? Did you volunteer to help? Have you gone to the VFW, the Fire Department, the Police Department? Have you tried to help do anything for your city other than complain about how they aren't doing anything for you?

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh yeah. Wonderful. Three farm stores fairly close together. The old Jeffries place 8-10 minutes south, TSC 10 minutes north... Overkill. We really need a grocery store, not another farm store.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

Basehor1889;

I agree with you that we need a grocery store, but lets face reality. No one was willing to put up the money for a grocery store. Orscheln was kind enough to come to Basehor and help pay off the one or two million dollar loan we have with KDOT for the Wolf Creek Road. Who cares what kind of store it is as long as it helps pay off KDOT instead of the taxpayers of Basehor being on the hook for that money. I don't know about you, but the huge property tax load we already pay leaves no extra for this expensive $10,000 extra fee for a city audit, $20,000 extra engineering fee, just because we like a certain project manager, paying Johnson County engineers thousands for a feasibility study of a hiking trail and ect. We need to get down to the nitty gritty and repair roads, pave roads, and install sidewalks. No more extra expense or abatements until we get these other priorities under control. As far as secret meetings of certain council members, how do council people decide to hold a special meeting to install one of themselves as city council president unless they communicate that fact with each other. That communication is in fact discussing council business and strategy, and is a violation of the Kansas open meetings laws, the very reason that Mertz and Dysart were fired by the voters!

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Ask the new business who they think is responsible for them being in Basehor? Mayor Hill and his administration were trying to move the city forward and being successful at it even though Mertz, Dysart , Box and their cronies wanted business to say downtown. One day we will regret losing a great mayor. And please Becky don't comment.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

OH, and where were all of you opinionated concerned citizens when the current mayor did this:

"What began as a small joke in the Basehor mayoral campaign quickly rolled into a large mishap.

Mayoral candidate Terry Hill said he never thought his campaign sign prank would become such an issue.

On the night of Feb. 25, Hill said he and his wife started putting out his campaign signs around town. Shortly afterward, Mayor Chris Garcia contacted Hill to inform him it was too early to be posting signs, and in the absence of a primary, the earliest date to post signs was Tuesday, March 10. Hill said he proceeded to gather his signs to wait for the proper date.

On the way home, Hill said he saw one of mayoral candidate Iris Dysart’s magnetic signs posted on the side of a van parked in front of JED Installation, 2722 N. 155th St.

Hill said he decided to put one of his own signs underneath Dysart’s sign on the van as a joke."

Click on Terry Hills photo attached to the paper's website and the article will come up. . .. Guess you all should have voted then. . . .

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

When you talk of bringing back the man from Cedar Lakes, I sure hope you are not referring to Jim Washington, the ring leader of the group we just got rid of!

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sunflowersue 2 years, 6 months ago

Washington does not live in Cedar Lakes!!!!

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Basehor1889 2 years, 6 months ago

He lives over in Honey Creek, doesn't he?

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

Washington doesn't live in Cedar Lakes. . .

Whoever comes in, I'm sure they will be great.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? ?????!!!!!!! Let it go...........Box will not be the next mayor.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? ?????!!!!!!! Let it go...........Box will not be the next mayor.

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? ?????!!!!!!! Let it go...........Box will not be the next mayor.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 6 months ago

Terry Hill is gone. Move on to the present and the attempted power grab of Iris and Mertz to put Box in as Mayor. Mr. Hill has not moved to insert anyone into any position since his recall, but the other two have obviously held a secret meeting to install their ally Box as Mayor before there firing by the voters takes affect. Box, no matter how nice a guy you say he is, would just bring more of the same we just got rid of.

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whostheboss 2 years, 6 months ago

boots, You said alot of nice remarks about Mr. Box and alot of them are true. I have not met anyone in the Basehor area that can tell a story like Fred but that does not mean he should be Mayor. Fred is a great man and has been around the area a while but if you want him to drive this town to the betterment of the residents, he needs to stay as a council member. Mayor does not vote. Fred can do more good as a council member with ideas and comments as a council member then a Mayor. Just saying. Leave all the hype about being the mayor and concentrate on being a well rounded and reliable city council member that can help move more buisness to the Orchelins store area. Fred is the only one that can decide to work with the new incomming council on growth or he will be the one that carries on the non-sence the registered voters just removed from city council.

boots, I would also like to add that you hold some strong feelings towards the old mayor and lets just say " MOVE ON ". The voters have spoken, lets put all these useless comments behind us and work as a group to help the City of Basehor move forward please. That artical from 2009 that you posted, who cares. If you truely care about "BASEHOR" you will move on and if not you will still just stir up more non-sence. Just saying.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

I agree and understand, Valid point. I guess I was just sticking up for Box as the man I know he is personally. Hats off to you Mr. Box, TY for what you have done for Basehor. . . At least we have Orchelins :) as you can tell, I mentioned it before, I'm pretty excited about the new business's in Basehor, I was afraid we would just have a giant empty building for several years. . .

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swampdonkey 2 years, 6 months ago

Some great comments here, but don't be decieved when it comes to the selection of the next Mayor!!

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listenupAmerica 2 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe this is going on!! Mertz and Dysart, along with the Mayor have been effectively fired, MERTZ give it up and get a life, your job is done, the people do not want you making anymore decisions for this city!!!!

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listenupAmerica 2 years, 6 months ago

And so it continues, why try to bully your way into power!!! The people have spoke, it is disturbing to see all these people in the council chambers now, but they were nowhere in sight when the rules and regulations were passed!! How about everyone go sit in on a state legislative meeting and voice your opinions to them!! Those are the real crooks and crooked individuals, maybe go talk to your congress person and see that they do not get kick backs from private parties while we are all left high and dry, stealing gas from one another!!! WHAT A CIRCUS SIDESHOW!!

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listenupAmerica 2 years, 6 months ago

I cannot believe that Mr. Box resigned. He got caught up in the evil doings of others and feel upon the sword to save this city from any other damage. Mr. Box I personally do wish you well sir and thank you for your service!

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nomorelies0187Theoneman 2 years, 6 months ago

He fell on the sword? He knew he would be recalled next and would not be able to run for mayor. That is the one and only reason that he resigned. In case you have forgotten ........he was one of the three who voted to fire Mr. Loughry. He is part of the team that started this whole mess. That is the reason Mertz and Dysart were recalled. Please stop acting like he is a martyr.

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boots 2 years, 6 months ago

I have no personal arguement or position for or against Mr. Hill. He did his best, did what he felt was right as Mayor. Anyone in his position would have a hard time making a right decision every day or every minute, and no matter how right you are in anything, there will always be an opposition. Terry made a lot of good decisions and good movements as mayor as well. BUT, my point for the old article was, why is everyone so hyped up NOW, why didn't they say anything before?? I am just wondering what sparked a sudden interest from the citizens. I hope they continue to stay involved, it's what Basehor needs, some community involvement. It is nice to see so many people actively playing a role, whether it be offensive or defensive. Politics is a hard game to play, and no matter how much you try to do the right thing, someone will always oppose you. It's a game a chance, no one person can have all the right decisions.

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