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Basehor taking applications for empty City Council seats

Respectfully Jim, thank you some very well thought out comments. As I stated, when you explore answers to questions, opinions may change, and often do.

However, this is one of those moments in which your advice is well received, never-the-less I want a little more give and take in getting answers.

1). You write, " I have seen that the proportion of Commission Manager governments having dysfunction and chaos is disproportionate to their percent of all municipal governments."

My reply is very simple, a mayoral position and a city council postion is exactly the dysfuntion and chaos our town has experienced. Further, you gave an opine that there is a "power grab" by the manager. Again, as I stated, with our digital connectivity, we can follow what unfolds and even uncover some pieces of "agenda." How folks "pose" for immediate perception without regard towards embarrassment when the spoils of digging accumulate could be the very balance we move towards.

I thought that is is why there is county, state, KOMA guidelines and KBI oversight in place.

2) . You write, "One of the things Mayor Council governments with a city administrator constantly contend with is the push from administrators to move to Commission Manager. The reason they do so is to enhace their power, because the major difference between the two forms is where the executive power lies. In Comm Mgr it lies with the administrator and, since he is not accountable to the electorate, that form of government is by its very nature more autocratic than mayor council administrator."

My reply, I again, must respectfully disagree. The Council is a representation of the people and they have distinct authority over the manager. The Council gives the good ideas--the manager executes: it's why he/she gets paid the big bucks for being a pro.

3) You write," Over the months I've watched these blogs and seen several posters wanting a different form of government - and sounding very much like they prefer something more authoritarian. That scares me - not so much at this level but just the idea that such an attitude is probably how those folks look at the state and Federal level as well."

My response, I'm not advocating "change" but, accountability and that, Jim, is every bit IMO my ownership and reponsibility.

4) You write, "The answer is not a change in form of government - the answer is a substantial percentage of the electorate keeping current and involved with what is happening with our government at the city, county, state, and nation level. Let's see how many of the 906 people(1/3 of eligible voters) who voted in the recall pay the least bit of attention going forward. I'm willing to bet that less than 2/3 show up to vote in the election a year from now/"

My response. Sir. Sadly, I agree.

Now about this drop the app in the hopper thing and addressing me as Sergeant, --really?

...really?

March 9, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor taking applications for empty City Council seats

Just a thought--for the citizens that are not interested in submitting a resume, I think we should answer the questions and then mail / e-mail our responses back to City Hall.

Those questions serve as a great survey, which would be worthwhile citizen input and involvement!

Sorry for the good idea David, Travis, Cory, Lloyd: I know you already have a great work load but if the residents would respond to those questions, that would be pretty good step forward. :)

I say that in all sincerity as I ponder answers and realize I'm not sure I could keep my answers brief. So my answers multiplied by (guess?) 1000 responses would be added load.

Right off the bat, I'm not sure we are really in need of a Mayor position. Many towns govern successfully with a City Manager(professional) and 5 City Council members very effectively.

Our digital connectivity boom we have experienced these past 10 years, I firmly believe, has an added benefit of being more involved in the entire process (and a big headache for those elected members).

Which leads into an answer for Travis: Our growth really shouldn't be limited to structures/businesses, it should emphasize people. Get the folks on board to get connected/classes on how to use those tools to research matters and maybe throw in an ettiquette class for online behavior and... ...anyway my point is developing people should be a part of growth.

...Back to my original thought. What do you think about the survey idea?

March 8, 2012 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sentinel wins honors in state press contest

Congratulations for a job very well done Matt.

March 8, 2012 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor administrator outlines process for filling council positions in letter to residents

Just a thought--for the citizens that are not interested in submitting a resume, I think we should answer the questions and mail them back to City Hall.

Those questions serve as a great survey, which would be worthwhile citizen input and involvement!

Sorry for the good idea David, Travis, Cory, Lloyd: I know you already have a great work load but it's a pretty good step forward :) I say that in all sincerity as I ponder answers and realize I not sure I could keep my answers brief. So my answers multiplied by (guess?) 1000 responses would be added load.

Right off the bat, I'm not sure we are really in need of a Mayor position. Many towns govern successfully with City Manager(professional) and 5 City Council very effectively.

Our digital connectivity boom we have experienced these past 10 years, I firmly believe, has an added benefit of being more involved in the entire process (and a big headache for those elected members).

Which leads into an answer for Travis: Our growth really shouldn't be limited to structures/businesses, it should emphasize people. Get the folks on board to get connected/classes on how to use those tools to research matters and maybe throw in an ettiquette class for online behavior and... ...anyway my point is developing people should be a part of growth.

...Back to my original thought. What do you think about the survey idea?

March 8, 2012 at 8:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's over: Box's resignation ends council standoff, leaves Basehor with 2 elected officials

Wow. I mean just wow.

This is not directed towards anyone rather, everyone.

The more I read these comments, the more merit I see in our elementary school children, along with their teachers, to have a once a week assembly to yea or nay city business.

March 7, 2012 at 1:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

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

March 5, 2012 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

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.

March 3, 2012 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

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.

March 2, 2012 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor residents turn out in droves to recall mayor, 2 council members

When David becomes Mayor (and I do strongly encourage Fred to vote yes as a show of unity) I sincerely hope, folks don't criticize him for where he lives (why is that even an issue?), and then rant about absolutely nothing other than to hear themselves babble.

IMO David has a proven track record that has withstood years of review. After reviewing past comments, there will be folks that just complain and they certainly may--but at the end of the day, David, Fred and Travis, must govern.

I sincerely hope David gets the support of all, unlike what was demonstrated in the past: 30% percent voted, 70% still don't care.

March 2, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor residents turn out in droves to recall mayor, 2 council members

The three remaining members must move on. One of these elected councilman surely must step up to the plate and demonstrate leadership.

As it stands, the accusations of communcations outside of an official meeting are just that--where did that accusation first appear and who was the reliable source that said there was going to be a special meeting?

I am confident that any such matter would not set well with the community and folks aren't going to tolerate season 2.

March 1, 2012 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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