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Engineering or Electioneering?

BMcD_WorldHQSignA subcontractor of engineering firm Burns & McDonnell will be paid $685,734 to facilitate door-to-door meetings with residents of a proposed taxing district set up to finance Kansas City’s proposed streetcar expansions.

The expenditure was authorized as part of a $4.4 million contract awarded to Burns & McDonnell by Kansas City last month for advanced conceptual engineering and environmental analysis related to the expansion.

Burns & McDonnell has been involved with the streetcar project since before the original downtown TDD was formed in December 2012.

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Business Journal obtained a copy of an undated email from Twana Scott of Scott Hall & Associates, which will be working with Parson & Associates on the public outreach project. According to the email, the two firms are looking to hire door-to-door liaisons on the behalf of Burns & McDonnell.


James Klahr, executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission, said it would be premature to comment on the situation at this time. He said the commission can investigate allegations of conflicts of interest if a complaint is presented to the commission.

Full story here at the Kansas City Business Journal




We will be covering and commenting on today’s hearing once the flood of media (and noise) becomes manageable and we can present the FACTS to you in a clean, clear, and definitive manner. There is going to be a lot of coverage over the next day. Thank you for your patience as always, and have a great afternoon!


Monday March 31, 2014 – PUBLIC HEARING will still be on April 1 at 1:30. The hearing will be held in Division 16, 5th floor of the Courthouse at 415 E. 12th St, KCMO. The courtroom will be locked until 1 pm but admission to the courtroom will be on a first-come basis. All who want to be in the courtroom arrive at least a couple of hours early and bring a sack lunch. Even if you do not get into the courtroom, you can wait in the hallway. A sign-up sheet will be passed around, both in the courtroom and in the hallway, for all who want to speak. There will be a limit of 3 minutes for each person to speak – that way more of us will get heard. The Judge will explain the hearing and the procedure so there will be no statements from any of the attorneys.

Notice – The Judicial Hearing originally scheduled for April 2 has been rescheduled and is now April 15 at 9:00 AM. Details to come.


Revised Transportation Development District Map – Current TDD – Red


Thursday March 27

In other news today this mornings Transportation  Joint Council committee passed KC streetcar Phase 2 ordinance unanimously and it is now in the hands of the City Council.  This is Resolution 140227 .
Passed – Adopted as Substituted Ayes: 12 – Wagner, Davis, Ford, Johnson, Curls, Reed, Glover, Marcason, Brooks, Taylor, Sharp, James, Jr. – – Nays: 0 – – (Circo not Present)