Saturday, April 06, 2019

Lisa Larson-Bunnell Hides Info From Ward 3 Constituents

Below you will find a copy of an email I sent to the Ward 3 Councilmember Lisa Larson-Bunnell.
Below that, you will see a copy of the info as presented by the Public Works Director.  Simply stated her Facebook entry basically ignored the future potential costs to the city for storm water pipe repairs.  what is she going to do when the figures come out about street repairs? 

Why was she not more open about this item?  Is she afraid that if folks in her ward knew about these costs they would really be hesitant in supporting the $38 million bond issue (true cost $54 million) to build the proposed community center?  Is she afraid that if her ward residents knew about these costs that it would hurt her election chances in November?  Remember, she was appointed as a place holder for Justin Adrian who is facing criminal charges.  The November special election would be to serve the remaining two years of that term.  Or is she concerned or worried about incurring the wrath of her fellow Ward 3 rep, Stephanie Meyer? 

Anyway, here we go:

Good afternoon....................

I just read your FB post for the third time, since I could not believe what you posted.  This is what I am talking about:

First, we heard a summary of the planned changes from Johnson County for storm water management. That was immediately followed by an update from our Public Works department about our storm water management needs in Shawnee. The take away from that session is that we have significant storm water management work that needs to be done to replace old corrugated metal pipes. The good news is that there is a plan to replace those pipes over time using a reasonable schedule

 Attached to this email is a copy of the slide that the PW director included in his presentation which clearly shows the financial burden the city is facing in the next 10 years because of the poor condition of the storm water pipes.  A condition that is so bad, it is projected that the city will need to spend  $99-$140 million over the next 10 years. Your job is to inform your constituents of this fact, not gloss over it with comments like an “interesting presentation”  Or is it that you are so hung up on pushing for the new community center that you do not want this type of information to be out there?  Remember, not very many people attend these meetings and probably few access the info on line.  It is your job to be up front with your constituents.  IMHO, you have failed miserably in this case.  What was it you said about being open when you were appointed to the council? 
What are you going to do when the new figures for the condition and repair costs come in for our streets?  Are you going to be deceptive about those costs also?


Click on the above image to view it in a larger format.  Also, because of a glitch, the file was not included in the original email to the council member but was sent separately within minutes