Dave: The system is set up so that all of the staff work for the Manager. The City Manager is the only employee of the Commission. As City Manager he is empowered to make a number of decisions and can spend sums of money without commission approval to include travel. The Commission can always exercise constraint as the City Manager does respond to direction given by the group. But he does not respond to individual Commissioners, it always takes at least three. Will work on putting this to a vote so we have an official record of the stance of all five commissioners. The result may or may not valid some of the comments posted. Public comment on the topic at Commission meetings has not been in evidence.
Larry: Good summation of the KOMA and the justification. Legal is one thing, appearance quite another.
Randall: It is more schmooze at the conference as everyone is aware of the legal requirements that Larry outlined. The Chamber publishes an agenda and that included topics to be presented along with break out/discussion sessions. The Conference that I attended was all about Regionalism that theme was continued this year. The goal was to push concepts of regionalism. Does it have an impact? You could say yes, we have an MPO, a Flinthills Regional Council and soon a Flinthills Transient Authority. The region push will include a region welcome center and tax support from the City and County. So the schmooze on certain topics does appear to turn into votes at later meetings.
This years topics are posted to the website - http://www.manhattan.org/index.aspx?NID=58
Regional Leaders’ Retreat
On January 17 & 18, 2014, join other regional leaders as we plan for our future economic development opportunities.
The Junction City, Manhattan and Wamego Chambers of Commerce will join together again for the annual 2014 Regional Leaders’ Retreat - Regionalism: The Symphony of the Flint Hills.
Courtney Dunbar, ECCD, EDFP, Economic Development Leader, Olsson Associates, will facilitate this year’s event. Courtney is a leader in economic development and has written several community plans focused on developing vital, innovative communities that entice economic growth and redevelopment. Her innovative concepts will lead us in a collaborative effort, enabling us to work together as a region on workforce development, attracting target industries, land-use planning, building trust in the region, regional transportation access, and building a regional brand/logo.
2013 Leaders’ Retreat Initiative Update, Lyle Butler, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
aTa Bus, Anne Smith, Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency
Fly MHK, Peter Van Kuren, Manhattan Regional Airport
Fort Riley & Regionalism, COL(P) Frank M. Muth, Fort Riley
Land Analytics, Jeff Adams, Flint Hills Regional Council
Metropolitan Planning Organization, Stephanie Watts, Flint Hills Regional Council
Regional Branding, Kristin Brighton & Lisa Sisley, New Boston Creative
Why Regionalism, Bill Clark, Flint Hills Regional Council
Workforce Alignment, Jeff Adams, Flint Hills Regional Council