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State extends deadline for Clinton Lake resort proposals

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The idea of creating a 175-room, destination-style resort hotel at Clinton Lake State Park is still alive. Now potential developers have more time to figure out exactly what they would like to propose.

State officials today said they have extended the deadline for proposals to 2 p.m. July 24. Previously the deadline was July 17.

Chuck Knapp, director of operations for the state's Department of Administration, said officials decided to extend the deadline a week after state officials took extra time to clarify some of the requirements for the proposal process.

Knapp said four to five development firms attended a pre-proposal meeting last week. Once the proposals are opened on July 24, Knapp said a group involving leadership from the Department of Commerce, the Department of Administration and the state's procurement and contract division will review the proposals and will reach a recommendation on a firm to begin negotiations with.

The state is giving developers leeway in what type of resort concept they propose, and also where exactly to locate the resort in Clinton Lake State Park. But members of the public likely will not get to see what all the developers have proposed.

Knapp said the state plans to release the names of all the developers who have submitted proposals, but won't be releasing other details of their development proposals.

As for a timeline for a developer to be selected, Knapp said he didn't have a firm one to offer.

"It is a high priority project though," Knapp said. "We are certainly anticipating moving it through the process as expeditiously and thoroughly as possible."

This will be an interesting one to watch. State officials are planning on developers paying for the cost of the resort. Whether developers will ask for some government assistance, such as help to extend city sewer service to the state park, is an open question. At some point city officials may be asked to chime in on the proposals.

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Bob_Keeshan 1 year ago

"Government should always be accountable to the people. Accountability begins with transparency. A Brownback Administration will work to ensure that the actions undertaken by the state government are clearly explained and grounded in the equal application of the law. ..."

Sam Brownback Road Map for Kansas

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jhawkinsf 1 year ago

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. "Big Yellow Taxi"

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year ago

The city gave the river walk away to the Marriott with no more general public access. Will this happen at Clinton lake? Time will tell, but I think we know already how the general public will fare with this behind closed doors deal...

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hujiko 1 year ago

Say no to privatizing public lands.

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Joe Blackford II 1 year ago

Kansas is # 50 in per capita public lands. It's beyond Kansans' comprehension how those other 49 states can take land off the tax rolls & let it lay "idle" in Government hands.

I attended Rep. Glickman's public meeting at ESU on establishing a "National Park" in the Flint Hills (resulting in the Flint Hills National Monument). An ESU prof & prez of the Chase Co School Board stated he was against such a proposal & that his USD could not afford to bus students to such a thing.

' As a spokesman for the Kansas Livestock Association put it, "There is just a deep-seated philosophy in the Flint Hills that the government should not own land." '

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/tapr/tapr_7.htm

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Brock Masters 1 year ago

If the public is expected to patronize it then they should have a voice on what is built from the beginning. Just because they build it doesn't mean people will come It has to meet their needs. Find out what people want from the start.

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blindrabbit 1 year ago

Chase County (home of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve National Monument) is home of the neatest courthouse in Kansas, but it also one of the poorest counties in the State. Much of the land in the county is either owned or controlled by out-of-state cattle barons (think Texas). My wife and I were involved 15-20 years ago when Glickman, Kasebaum, Hayden and The Nature Conservancy were pushing for the inclusion of the Z-Bar, Fox Chase into monument status, no help from Roberts though. The interesting thing, Chase County was more interested in the State building a prison in Cottonwood Falls than development of some National Monument; actually both came to fruition.

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