UG administrator installed

Unified Government Administrator Doug Bach, installed at a meeting May 15, pointed to growth of Wyandotte County during the past several years and pledged to continue it.
“I know you expect growth to continue, not just in areas it already has, but all over the community,” he said.
“The future of Wyandotte County  is bright and our community is one that has faced serious challenges and has rebuilt itself. We have become the tourism capital of Kansas, and our region,” he said.
“We have become an economic engine that keeps the Kansas economy running,. and I am asked regularly how does Wyandotte County continue with all these successes. The answer is simple, citizens who are committed to their community and the elected leaders who are dedicated to improving the quality of life from north to south and east to west,” Bach said.
He cited several new projects in the community, including the downtown healthy campus, and also thanked commissioners, employees, family and residents.

After the installation, the UG Commission discussed Community Development Block Grant funding, and appointed a committee that will look into targeting the funding to be used in tandem with economic development efforts.

Dole comes home to Kansas

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, center, visited with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, left, and State Sen. David Haley, right, today at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kan. Dole is making a swing through Kansas, meeting people face to face. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Former Sen. Bob Dole came back to Kansas to visit the people who got him elected to office.

Bob Dole is truly a Kansas legend. While in office he did a lot for Kansas; in downtown Kansas City, Kan., there is a federal courthouse named after him.

“I want to thank Kansans for what they have done for me, I really appreciate that. I really miss being in office representing Kansas,” said former Sen. Bob Dole.

Dole was a student at the University of Kansas in 1945. When the war broke out he decided to volunteer for the Kansas Army Reserve and eventually he got sent to fight in the Army during World War II. He was injured and he received the Purple Heart. When he got back from the war, Kansas is where he decided to run for public office.

When asked you think of the temporary closing of the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan., he replied “I was not aware that they were temporarily closed. Agriculture plays a major role in the American way of life. We should all be proud of our agricultural history. I will find out from Sen. Pat Roberts on what is going on with the National Agricultural Hall of Fame.”

Former Sen. Bob Dole was a strong advocate for the family farms, particularly in Kansas, his home state.

More than 100 people came by the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kan., to greet him, including Congressman Kevin Yoder and State Sen. David Haley. Many marveled at Dole’s wit. For the most part he is in good health, and he still lives in Washington, D.C.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, right, visited with Unified Government Commissioner Mike Kane, left, today at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kan. Dole is making a swing through Kansas, meeting people face to face. (Photo by William Crum)
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole visited with the public during a meeting today at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)


Bach to be installed at UG meeting May 15

The Unified Government Commission will hold a special session at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The meeting will be an installation ceremony for Doug Bach, county administrator, immediately followed by a discussion on the Community Development Block Grants. Preceding the installation ceremony will be a reception in the lobby from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

After the 7 p.m. commission meeting, a closed session is scheduled on litigation in the ninth floor conference room.

The agenda for the 7 p.m. UG meeting in the Commission Chambers includes:
–    Honorary street name for Bishop Ervin Sims Jr., on 12th Street from Garfield Avenue to Jersey Creek Park.
–    Recommendation to approve an option for a hike and bike trail on Fairfax Drainage District property. It will be on the lower levee maintenance road.
–    Approval of the regional hazard mitigation plan for Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties.
–    Approval to submit a grant application to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City for a Wyandotte River Trails Project, to communicate the importance and benefits of physical activity.
–    Approval to submit a grant application to the Kansas Health Foundation for 2014-2015 Enroll Wyandotte Project, aimed at educating and enrolling Wyandotte County citizens into the Health Insurance Marketplace.
–    Approval to submit a grant application to the Sunflower Foundation for a Document Imaging program, to allow replacement of outdated client data storage and retrieval system to include document interface with the current electronic health record system.
–    A real estate purchase agreement with Loretto Properties regarding property at 736 Minnesota Ave. The company would pay $100,000 and would agree to invest $1 million to $1.5 million in redevelopment projects along Minnesota Avenue. As part of the agreement, the UG would agree to move up the 2017-2018 Minnesota Avenue improvements to 2014 for design and 2015 for improvements to the streetscape.
–    An agreement for Lane4 Property Group to market the former Indian Springs mall site for sale. The property is at 4601 State Ave.
–    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $317,000 of transportation development district sales tax revenue refunding bonds for Happy Foods. The interest rate would be 4.5 percent for 10 years; the previous rate was 7.5 percent.
–    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $1.45 million of transportation development district sales tax revenue refunding bonds for the Prescott Plaza Project. The bonds are at 3 percent for a 10-year term; the previous financing was 4 percent.
–    Resolutions setting two public hearings for June 26 for consider amending the public levee redevelopment district to allow for three separate project areas; consider the redevelopment project plan for project area 1 of the public levee redevelopment district.
–    Plat of Genesis of Piper Phsae 2, 125th and Farrow, developed by Heartland Piper.
–    Consider a public hearing to consider issuing up to $10 million of industrial revenue bonds and 65 percent abatement-payment in lieu of taxes for J.E. Dunn’s project at 240 S. 65th.
–    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $215 million of utility system improvement and refunding revenue bonds, to be used to fund up to $110 million in new projects nad the balance to refund the 2004 bonds and pay costs of issuance. The refunding is expected to generate about $9 million of interest cost savings through 2023.
–    Proclamation of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.
–    Land Bank items.
The agenda is online at