Archive for Friday, April 21, 2006

Commissioners to hold another closed-door meeting

April 21, 2006


City commissioners will hold another special closed-door meeting at 9:30 a.m. this morning, presumably to discuss matters related to an upcoming trial with Wal-Mart.

Commissioners have declined to say whether they are considering an out of court settlement with the world's largest retailer, which is suing the city offer its refusal to issue a building permit for a new store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

This will be the fourth separate time this week that city commissioners have went into executive session to discuss the matter.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

"This will be the fourth separate time this week that city commissioners have went into executive session to discuss the matter."

I guess I'm the first grammar police to spot this one.

b_asinbeer 12 years ago

bozo--what'd you expect from the ljworld? :o)

Eagle_aye 12 years ago

bozo you missed this one: which is suing the city offer its refusal perhaps this should read "after" not offer?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Why are you giving up the title, Marion? Your qualifications are impeccably on display here by the minute. Won't you reconsider?

Sigmund 12 years ago

If they don't settle I am going to take off work to attend the trial. I want to see Mike Wilgren and Linda Finger testify under oath when Wal-Mart calls them to the stand. In fact, I don't believe there will be a trial because this is the absolute last thing Kommission Krew wants to see happen. I always thought that part of the reason for the Finger and Wilgren ouster's was because of the content of their pretrial depositions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

If they settle, it'll be for one reason-- the judge is going to rule that the developer-stacked planning commission that OK'ed this violation of zoning regulation already done screwed the pooch.

Rationalanimal 12 years ago

No surprise. I'd probably do the same thing if I were them. My advice for them is to fire somebody in City management and pin the blame for the results of the infamous "big-box" study on them. Another strategy might be to let the roads fall into such utter disrepair that it is literally and physically impossible to drive a car South of 23rd and Iowa and West of 6th and Kasold, then pave the dowtown streets with gold. Oh, and then fire Charles Soules for allowing the streets to get so bad.

Or, you could just wake up and face reality, let Lawrence grow, stop shooving anti-growth down our throats and let growing Lawrence have something more than clap-board/cookie-cutter/bland/neighbor-stacked-on-neighbor/protectionist/anti-capitalist development. We're in Kansas, there is virtually endless room to grow this city; endless opportunities. Whether or not the City Commish chooses to come out of denial will not influence the growing cities around Lawrence poised to race by us. Denial only serves to place Lawrence at a disadvantage to cities that truly are growing in the right direction. For the love of logic, common sense, reason, dadaism, whatever you want to call it, wake up and face reality.

Sideshow_Bob 12 years ago

That would be a lot of Wal-Mart. The new one is freaking huge, and then putting in another one? Wally World everywhere.

Don't get me wrong, I am not anti big business, but can you imagine that much Wal-Mart for Lawrence?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Yea, rational, we need to get some commissioners back in there who will mismanage the city the old-fashioned way, rubberstamping anything that will make their buddies loads of cash, regardless of the effects on the rest of the community.

And if the community votes them out again, they can just blame the mess they made on the new commission.

Rhoen 12 years ago

Kansas Open Meetings legislation is designed to keep the back-room boo-stuff more accessible to the average Joes and Joettas. Let's open up this freakin' meetings. Why so much secrecy? Very few people are actually paying attention to you power-people.

Think about this: Just go ahead and be above-board.

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