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Letter: Project analysis

November 12, 2013

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To the editor:

I recently attended a continuing education seminar for architects and engineers which included a review of public-private partnership law by Susan McGreevy a Kansas City, Mo., attorney.

Her first threshold question is whether the specific arrangement is legal in the jurisdiction of city, county, or state. Is the project legal without competitive bidding?

Secondly, whether the project generates enough fees to cash-flow its long-term operation. Is it a worthwhile investment after a thorough review or due diligence investigation? What is the return on investment? There is a study format called PSC/VFM, Public Sector Comparator/Value for Money analysis that is available.

What are the life cycle cost, energy and maintenance costs. And she asked how much public support is there for the project?

The decision-making process involving the proposed Rock Chalk Park and Bliss Concession endeavors out on the sprawling edge of town to the west should be more closely reviewed through the lens of this type of analysis. Otherwise it appears that local government has set the approval process on auto-pilot.

Comments

John Graham 1 year, 1 month ago

Remember the city commission did hire a consultant that produced a report. Among other things the report detailed the estimated yearly operational costs. One of the commissioners ,I believe it was the mayor at the time, promptly disputed the yearly operational cost estimate stating that in his opinion the costs would be approximately half what the consultant reported. I believe the cost estimate the commissioner favored was actually less than the yearly operational costs of the rec center in Johnson county that is substantially smaller in size than Rock Chalk rec center. I never did see how he justified ignoring the consultants figures that the commission paid for.

I believe there were also concerns if the park could attract the number of tournaments per year needed to provide money to offset some of the operating costs. Again the commissioners seemed to dismiss this concern without providing any substantial proof that the park would be able to achieve the 30+ tournaments and 10 special events per year they budgeted. If they were going to ignore the consultant why did they hire him?

John Graham 1 year, 1 month ago

They are counting on rental fees of $4,000 per tournament, thus these are not the typical neighborhood three on three tournaments. They are counting on rental fees of $6,000 per special event, again going to have to be a good sized event to justify the cost. In addition they are counting on $120,000 per year in rental fees for leagues and classes. And last but not least $20,000 per year in party room rental fees. (Numbers from Operational Cost Worksheet, updated 2/2013).

I hope for the tax payers sake it works as they have optimistically estimated. It will be busy when new because every group will want to use it. The real test will be if the estimates are being met after the first 3 or 4 years when the new has worn off.

Bob-RJ Burkhart 1 year, 1 month ago

The 1978 Kansas Supreme Court (KSC) Golden Case Ruling provides guidance for our appointed or elected public servants to exercise "prudent person principle" in making both equitable and sustainable land-use decisions. KU-1966 Business School Alum & KSC Justice Bob-RL Gernon influenced our KU-100 Campus Social Responsibility Pathfinders framework:

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