From your comments, it is clear that you are interested in the make-up of Mayor Sly James’ KCI advisory committee and how the 24 members voted yesterday.
Each member was asked to fill out a voting sheet, and the votes were all public under the Missouri Open Meetings Law.
The members were presented with options. They are listed below, just as they appeared on the voting sheet:
Alternative 1: Expand and repurpose existing separate terminals with each terminal converted to a secure space with centralized processing and security checkpoints. (Each terminal remains separate from any other terminal requiring bus transportation between terminals and security re-entry from one terminal to the next.)
Alternative 2: Construct a new centralizing structure connecting the separate terminals and repurpose existing terminals such that the entire terminal complex is connected secure space. (Each of two or three terminals are connected for security purposes with some type of people mover to expedite moving within the terminals.)
Alternative 3: Construct a new terminal replacing and eliminating the three separate terminals.
Nineteen members voted for alternative 3; two voted for alternative 2; and one put down both 2 and 3. Two members abstained, saying they didn’t have enough information on costs and other factors.
Here, then, are the members and how they voted:
Bob Berkebile, architect and principal at BNIM — 3.
David Fowler, retired from KPMG — 3.
Jesse Barnes, executive director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center — 2.
Zulema Bassham, philanthropist — 3.
Forestine Beasley, commercial real estate broker with Greg Patterson and Associates — 2.
David Byers, c.e.o. of CARSTAR — 3.
Chuck Caisley, vice president of marketing, KCP&L — 3.
Dan Cranshaw, an attorney with Polsinelli — 3.
Prentiss Earl III, entrepreneur in residence, Kauffman Labs — 3.
John FIerro, c.e.o. of Mattie Rhodes Center — 3.
Kevin Koster, president of Sandweiss Koster Inc. and founder of SaveKCI.org — abstained.
John McDonald, president of Boulevard Brewing Co. — 3.
Mike McKeen, director of development for Briarcliff Development Co. — 3.
Paula Meidel, account executive at Oracle Corp — 3.
Nikki Newton, senior vice president of Waddell and Reed — 3.
Mark Pederson, vice president of Lockton Companies — 3.
Joe Reardon, former mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas — 3.
Nia Richardson, director of business development for DuBois Consultants Inc. — abstained.
Bill Skaggs, former Kansas city Council member and former chairman of the council’s Aviation Committee — 3.
Alicia Stephens, executive director of the Platte County Economic Development Council — 3.
Reginald Thomas, president of Kansas City Laborers Union No. 264 — 2 or 3.
Qiana Thomason, vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City — 3.
Sheila Tracy, president of the Northland Chamber of Commerce — 3.
Donna Wilson Peters, attorney with Husch Blackwell — 3.
This morning, I met with Councilman Russ Johnson, chairman of the council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He said that the airlines ultimately would decide how much could be spent on a new terminal because they will be paying the gate and landing fees, which will be used to retire revenue bonds that would be issued (with voter approval) to finance construction.
Johnson predicted the final tab would be less than the Aviation Department’s $1.2 billion estimate, and he said he believed the airlines would support passage of the bond issue because their executives realize that a new terminal is needed.
Note: Thanks to KCMO public information officer Chris Hernandez for providing me with a disk containing all 24 score sheets, and thanks to frequent commenter John Altevogt for turning up a list of the committee members, which both KCUR-FM and The Pitch ran last year when the group was appointed..