Councilman: No more secrets for KCI bidding process

Bill Grady
July 28, 2017 - 5:54 am

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A Kansas City councilman is calling for greater transparency in the bidding process for work at Kansas City International Airport.

The deadline for bids to rebuild a terminal at KCI passed at 4 p.m. Thursday.

City officials decided not to release the names of the companies that submitted bids, which was a concern for Councilman Quentin Lucas.

The Kansas City Star was able to uncover the bidders; Burns & McDonnell, AECOM, Edgemoore Infrastructure and Real Estate and BlueScope Construction. 

"Closed doors, secret deals are bad for us -- I think any wise person should know that," Lucas said. "I think over the next weeks you'll see council continue to fight for more transparency."

The councilman said he understands the desire for bidders not to share details that could harm their companies.   

"We don't want any business secrets to come out, but at the same time, we think the public and our region have a right to know who's bidding, what they're looking to build and what information they think's going to be important as we consider the future of KCI," Lucas said.

Later, council passed a resolution allowing other council members to attend selection committee meetings.

"I think if we want a successful public vote we need to come square with the voters and say, this is who we're talking two, this is what they're proposing, and frankly, there's no reason to hide it," Lucas said.   
 

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