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Posted: 28 January 2014 07:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Infringe on my rights and I don’t mind infringing on yours. In actuality, the smoking ban affects me hardly at all because I don’t got to restaurants or bars in this country. I was merely standing up for the unfortunates who are unable to go to Singapore or Thailand, and some of the more civilized countries.

That said, many universities already have a ban on first and second year students bringing cars on campus.

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Posted: 28 January 2014 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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You don’t go to bob’s for breakfast any more?  I started many a day there this summer. Always looked for you, but I was probably too late.  I usually wasn’t there until after 7 AM.
K-state is an ag university.  You think those farm boys wouldn’t squawk if they couldn’t bring their shiny new crew-cab Dodge duellys to school?  How else are they supposed to impress the ladies?

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Posted: 28 January 2014 07:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Aren’t you up awfully early? If my memory serves me correctly it should be about 3 in the morning there?

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Posted: 28 January 2014 07:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Just got here.  Always takes a while to adjust the body clock.  Plus, with a plane break-down, it took me about two days to get here.  Crashed at 6:30 last night.

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Posted: 28 January 2014 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Hope that was you that crashed and not the plane.
Enjoy yourself. I am still cursing myself for turning down a west coast ship for November. I could be in Guam…or where you are…or better yet Thailand.

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Posted: 28 January 2014 08:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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What were you thinking?  Hope you didn’t give up a tropical adventure out of concern for your cats!

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Posted: 28 January 2014 08:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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That was part of it. Hard to find someone to take three cats. There is a farm lady here who has taken them in the past, but she moved. They are afraid of people…they like only me. Boarding therefore would be stressful for them and me…cheapest, about $5 per cat, per day.

BUT, the main thing is that the navy has gotten very pissy and requires what amounts to be two days of on-line training each time we go out. In addition, we have to update the security clearance each time…that is a real pain in the ass.

The navy has never liked the program except for its PR value, and with all the cuts, they are trying to make it difficult for CTC to find and keep instructors. If CTC can’t fill the slots requested, then they can void this very expensive contract.  Just my opinion, of course.

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Posted: 29 January 2014 10:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Randal:  I may have missed the point on your bullet comments but here is my input:

Perhaps public transportation should also be a “core function”?  It is in any city with a eye to the future.
It is a core function for some cities.  Seems essential for Hanau Germany and other large metro areas.  We are not at that point yet and most likely will not be for many years.  It is not a core function and I hope it does not become one in the near future.  The eye to the future should be more on light rail connection between KC, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan.  Would like to see some federal funding for that kind of an operation, instead of Airport Terminals.

A cool million so the good ol boys can pick some winners and shower them with largess. Of course!
I assume you are referencing the CVB contract and or the ECO DEVO tax.  I agree that the CVB money could be better spent.  The ECO DEVO money can be used for infrastructure.  Those that like the buses should consider tapping into that fund.

A quarter million for a state-of-the-art meet and practice facility for the private swim club. No problem!  It’s what “the people want”! 
I think public support for the pools is real. The folks like the City Pools.  It is not a private swim club.  The 2014 budget for Pools Division of Parks and Recreation was $601,600.  Cost recovery was 70% in 2011, it was 76% in 2013.  The goal with the new fee structure is a 95% cost recovery.  ATA gets a 3% cost recovery.  125,000 folks are projected to use the pools this year.  The per capita cost is $2.34 a year per property taxpayer.

But, a hundred twenty thousand to get public transportation up and running?  THAT money will raise our taxes!
As stated earlier ata has a cost recovery of 3%.  A better business model with a higher return will gain more support.  The 120K is not the operating cost of ATA.  The 120K is what they will need in order to garner 2 million in new available funding from the Federal Government.  The city already kicks in 50K a year from the property tax fund, the buses are running on State, County, City and Federal dollars.  We do not need to up the city contribution by another 180K.  It appears that KSU is willing to be a major player for student transportation.  Property Tax from Manhattan should not be used to support this expansion.  KSU student fees – if students are the users, or Eco Devo funds if the buses are vital to get folks to work should be used.  The issue is the funding source.  And yes I do not want aTa to raise property or business tax.  We already have enough funding sources.  If ata is the priority then give them the eco devo dollars, CVB funding or even the City University Fund.  But as you may know the City University fund financed not buses last year but a new restroom for McCain. That was the priority.

450 million dollars inbound, and you’re prepared to fight to the death for more traffic and ever-greater potholes?

I am not sure where the 450 million inbound comes from.  We need about 40 million to get the roads up to standard.  The City budget for 2014 is around 130 million from all sources.  21 million is from property tax.  The rest comes from sales tax, fees, the water bills, grants etc.  The 21 million in property tax is the issue.  That is what drives up business cost, rent and home ownership.  We have too many projects feeding on that 21 million.  My goal has been to focus on reduction of the agencies, projects and groups that wish to tap the 21 million.  Once you pay for the Library, RCPD, Fire Cost etc. the core projects; you only have 1.8 million left for all of the other stuff that people want – ATA, SSAB, Outside Agencies etc.  So the budget issue is simple, use the sales tax eco devo/Infrastructure to fix the pot holes, use the City University fund to fix roads around KSU, cut the CVB budget and use the excess to fund tourist attractions like the Discovery Center, Wolfe House, MAC etc. The bottom line here is that we do not have 450 million inbound.  Wants and Needs and only 2 million in general fund money to allocate – Priorities?

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Posted: 29 January 2014 11:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Wynn, if you’re going to talk about how little our subsidies for the Marlin’s facility impacts the individual taxpayer, maybe you could list those pennies when you address these other expenditures.

Did I say 450 million?  I meant 1.14 BILLION.  NBAF’s coming to town.  Anyone looking into how that might affect the economy, real estate market (taxes), traffic, cost of living? 

Or are we fixated on getting those po folks at parks and rec. new air-conditioned offices?

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Posted: 30 January 2014 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Randal:  The Marlin’s do not receive a subsidy.  As posted in a previous blog, the Marlins pay fees like everyone else for the use of the pool.  That was true in 2013 and will be in the future.  The criticism is valid for previous years. 

NBAF will get here eventually.  It seems to get mentioned for every project or cause.  It seems to me that it will however not arrive for about ten more years.  When it does it will bring in a few more jobs mostly on the high end in salary.  It will also bring in a security contractor with some medium end jobs.  Anticipation is for much spin of activity through private business.  What does all of that mean?  Most likely a few high end folks will buy homes out at Colbert Hills.  They will still drive those Mercedes to the parking lot – reserved for them.  The medium end people will end up living in Pott County as the Region will build a new bridge at the northern end so that they have access.  Pott County will grow because the taxes are lower. In fact one of the choices on where to live will be the computation of cost.  Cost of living for Manhattan is going to price the city out of the market.  Just look at the two main players in the MPO - both live out of town.  One in Abilene and the other in Pott County.

During the construction of NBAF a number of folks will be temporary residents of the surrounding area.  Their choice of abode will be cost driven.  Part of the updated process for the Comprehensive plan is to figure out what things will look like in 10 plus years.  You should help with the process and provide your insight to the various committees and groups.  The better the process the more likely a successful plan will be put in place.

As for the Parks and Recreation building, after 30 years those folks will end up with an upgrade that is well deserved.  It will also help in the long run in regards to the Quality of Life for all of the new NBAF related employees.  After all they will only live in the area, if they have Parks and Recreation, pools, running tracks, the Discovery Center etc. 

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Posted: 30 January 2014 05:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Wynn~  “The Marlin’s do not receive a subsidy.  As posted in a previous blog, the Marlins pay fees like everyone else for the use of the pool.”

I can’t find that on the city park pool site.  Nor can I find how to use the facility in the mornings for lap swim as the Marlins are allowed to do.  Nor can I find the rates for kicking everyone out of the pool for my private use.  Please advise.

“NBAF will get here eventually. “

It’s on it’s way, Wynn.

There was a budget just passed. It’s on it’s way.  I hope all that other gobble-de-goop about Mercedes and Colbert Hills isn’t an actual forward-looking product of staff.  On the other hand, it would explain a lot about what comes out of this commission.

“As for the Parks and Recreation building, after 30 years those folks will end up with an upgrade that is well deserved.”

So you say.  Anything, you know, concrete to back that up?


’ It will also help in the long run in regards to the Quality of Life for all of the new NBAF related employees.  After all they will only live in the area, if they have Parks and Recreation, pools, running tracks, the Discovery Center etc. ‘

Really?  You took a poll?

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Posted: 30 January 2014 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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How about this, Wynn?

How about mandating that the good ol boys set up a real bus system.. and keep it up… if they’re to receive a million dollars of our tax money?

I know YOU wouldn’t do that, of course.  You couldn’t abide finding out that a real bus system builds ridership…. and even more so as the town grows and young people grow up with it available.  This would force you to admit that you were wrong to oppose, wouldn’t it?

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Posted: 30 January 2014 07:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Excellent idea, Randall!!!  The bus system is an economic driver.  Those who favor the system suggest it will add to the attractiveness of Manhattan.  So, let’s have the Chamber subsidize the bus system from the $1 million we hand CVB.  To me, a working bus system would be a much better use of dollars than using those dollars for producing videos of 50 year old ladies jumping on hotel beds with pornographic rap music playing in the background.  Evidently, though, the Chamber… and Commission… feel otherwise.

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Posted: 02 February 2014 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Randal:  Please visit the parks and recreation office garage in City Park and they will provide you information on how you can schedule the pools when they open this summer.

The data is on the website, try the following:
http://www.cityofmhk.com/index.aspx?NID=2143  RENTAL Facilities applications 2014

You can access the data by going to this page first:  http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?NID=662

Reservation Information
Reservations can be made at any indoor/outdoor location that the Parks & Recreation Department has to offer for your special event! A registration form must be completed and returned, either by mail or in person, to our offices located at 1101 Fremont Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502. A park/shelter/facility is not considered reserved until full payment is received. For more information, please see our online brochure or go to our Rental Facilities page to view the list of indoor/outdoor rentals available.

For registration forms for calendar year 2014, please click here. If you need further assistance, please contact our office at (785) 587-2757.

Besides the pools you can of course rent the other facilities.  Enjoy.  Wynn

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 02 February 2014 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Larry & Randall:  I could actually go along with the CVB and the Chamber running the bus system out of their funds.  It would help the property tax situation by removing all aTa funding from the mil levy side.  It would take care of one of the wants of the citizens.  It would also probably not hurt the receipt of sales tax dollars in Manhattan as the CVB and Chamber expenditures are not tied to a metric of sales tax revenue.  If they were tied to a system that measured results in terms of sales tax revenue, well then it would be a different story.  The idea merits further consideration.

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