Library to hold panel discussion on Quindaro townsite future tonight

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library will hold a panel discussion on the Quindaro townsite at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.

The townsite was designated a National Commemorative Site earlier this year. Jim Ogle, FFNHA executive director will lead a discussion about the future of the townsite and the community’s efforts to make the ruins a National Historic Landmark.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas.

UG serves eviction notice on T-Bones

The UG has sent a letter terminating the management agreement with the T-Bones and a notice of eviction in September for nonpayment of fees to lease the stadium, and nonpayment of utility bills.

by Mary Rupert and William Crum

The Unified Government served an eviction notice on the T-Bones baseball team on Friday, Aug. 16. The T-Bones are behind more than three-quarters of a million dollars on the utility payments and the lease.

The notice stated that the T-Bones would be evicted on Sept. 13 from T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, if the UG does not receive fees and utility payments owed by the T-Bones, according to the UG. The notice says the T-Bones must be out by 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

The T-Bones, according to the UG, are delinquent on $358,439.53 in current utility payments, $328,749.77 in past due BPU costs and $75,545.10 from the lease agreement for the stadium. The UG stated the T-Bones were in default for 45 monthly payments, having made only three monthly payments of $1,678.

Currently on a 12-game winning streak, the T-Bones’ regular season ends Sept. 2, and if the T-Bones make the playoffs, Sept. 13 should be enough days to get in playoff games, a UG spokesman said. The T-Bones won the American Association championship last year.

According to Mike Taylor, spokesman for the UG, the eviction was served on the T-Bones for nonpayment of bills to lease the stadium from the UG, and they also are behind on their utility payments to the Board of Public Utilities.

The T-Bones will have until Sept. 13 to come up with the money that is owed, but the UG does not expect them to be able to do that, Taylor said.

The UG bailed out the T-Bones previously, in 2017, when they restructured their agreement from a lease to a management form. The agreement in 2017 called for the UG to pay 55 percent of the T-Bones’ utility bills, but the UG was not responsible for the property taxes. The T-Bones were supposed to pay a fee to the UG for using the stadium. At that time, the T-Bones were viewed as an essential part of tourism at Village West.

The BPU in 2017 decided not to waive $172,700 of the T-Bones’ overdue utility bill, and the BPU voted in 2017 not to give the T-Bones a reduced rate for electricity and water. Some BPU members expressed the opinion at that time that the T-Bones need to stand on their own, like other businesses.

Taylor said at the time, the UG was looking for a way to keep them in the stadium by all means possible, and changing the agreement to make the T-Bones managers of the stadium would help with taxes.

Taylor said the UG warned the T-Bones a year ago that they were in default. In a statement today, the UG said that the T-Bones will still owe the debt to the UG even if they are evicted, and they intend to collect on it.

The T-Bones put the club up for sale, Taylor said, but so far, no buyer has been announced.

Taylor said the UG has several options available – it could market the stadium to a new owner of a new team; and promote the stadium for more uses such as concerts and more community events. No decisions have been made yet on the options, Taylor said.

Mayor David Alvey said last week that he didn’t think it was fair to everyone else if one business didn’t have to pay its utility bill.

T-Bones’ President Adam Ehlert sent out this response:

“We are shocked by what appears to be this capricious action.

“We have been in close communication with the UG, keeping them apprised of our status as we work toward a sale of the club. Today’s timing is the real surprise, as we’ve shared publicly—and with the UG—that a sale will not be completed or announced during the season.

“Baseball continues this week, as we’re in the midst of a franchise-record winning streak (12 games!), and hopefully into the playoffs as we defend our league championship. We remain optimistic that a solution will be reached in the short-term, to retain baseball in a great market, for the long-term.

“The millions of fans who have enjoyed our product over nearly two decades should share our optimism for the future as we work to close the sale to the next operator of this franchise.”

See earlier stories at http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-makes-deal-with-t-bones/ and http://wyandottedaily.com/bpu-says-it-wont-waive-t-bones-utility-payments/

T-Bones win 12th game in a row

by Luke Schrock

Sioux City, Iowa – Jon Perrin (6-1) tossed another quality start, giving the Kansas City T-Bones (47-37) their 12th straight win, 6-3, in their pursuit to keep gaining ground on the Sioux City Explorers (46-39).

Perrin earned the win by throwing his third straight quality start since his last two quality starts against the Cleburne Railroaders.

Sunday, he ended seven innings with three earned runs, five hits and six strikeouts to allow Henry Owens to come in the eighth and close the door in two innings. Owens earned his second save on the season since Aug. 11 in the 2-1 victory over the Texas AirHogs.

Mason Davis had his second multi-hit game in a row with three hits in Sunday night’s win against the Explorers. Dylan Tice had a two-hit game, and Danny Mars had three hits to contribute to KCK’s six runs.

Kansas City started the game with a heavy punch of three runs started by Roy Morales’ walk with bases loaded to score Dylan Tice.

Shawn O’Malley scored Mason Davis on a fielder’s choice before Danny Mars hit an RBI single to right to drive in Morales. Sioux City answered with a run of its own from Nate Samson, who drove in Kyle Wren to start the ballgame with a 3-1 score after the first.

KC tacked on another with Will Baker’s first professional hit and first professional RBI off a single to right field. It was a quiet game until Nate Samson broke the silence in the sixth with his second and last RBI of the game.

Sioux City threatened to slowly gain ground on the T-Bones with a Sebastian Zawada sacrifice fly to score Jose Sermo. The T-Bones tacked on two more runs in the 8th to separate from the Explorers, scoring the last runs of the game.

The T-Bones are now one and a half games ahead of the Explorers for a spot in the American Association playoffs.

The first-place holder in the South, Cleburne Railroaders, keep a three and a half game distance from the T-Bones after a 16-6 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries.

KC will take on Sioux City in game two of the three-game series Monday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park in Iowa with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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