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“We had opted for trying to find a way to build this thing without competitive bid,” Dever said. “The university wanted us to use Bliss because they’re already contracted to build KU’s facilities, and they wanted us to use Bliss to build ours.”
"We are doing this because we love the community" Fritzel said.
This project is selfish politics. The desire of 2 politicians to define their legacy by trying to associate themselves with KU. Commissioners Schumm & his minion Dever forced this project through while violating the cities process of requiring bids for projects of this scope.
This project will forever be remembered as the Schumm/Dever Folly or Schumm/Dever Debacle.
and we know the city will get stuck with annual costs year after year after year on this white elephant.
if we want more courts, more places to play, there are better ways, and do them in more convenient places.
"I respectfully suggest the City Commission scrap this project and start from scratch, keeping the interests of the people of Lawrence in mind, rather than the interests of wealthy individuals."
I vote YES to starting over..... the ethically and fiscally responsible approach.
BUT the infrastructure work had begun before any final approval surfaced..... so I was told.
It's a great idea, one that I have been advocating for a long time. Sadly it very unlikely to happen with Mike Amyx the only commissioner with the correct position. The other 4, led by Schumm, have too much time and ego invested in this project. (It would be interesting to know if those are the only investments.) They have ignored and papered over the countless mistakes and misjudgements from the very beginning of this boondoggle and are now in too deep to change course. I only hope that there can be enough challenges and delays to slow this down until the next election.
I woder how the bid was awarded. The good old procedure
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