KCI committee ready to forge ahead on single-terminal plan, despite call to start over

The selection committee charged with recommending who Kansas City will partner with on building a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport appears ready to move ahead with its work, despite a call Tuesday by Burns & McDonnell to restart the process.

Jolie Justus and Jermaine Reed, two council members on the KCI selection committee, said they plan to meet with the entire Kansas City Council on Wednesday to brief them on their latest deliberations.

Burns & McDonnell, one of the four teams pitching Kansas City on a contract for a new single terminal at KCI, publicly called Tuesday for Kansas City to abandon its current evaluation of four proposals for the project. That came one day after Burns & McDonnell accused Charles Renner, a Husch Blackwell attorney who is advising the Kansas City Council on its deliberations on KCI, of having a conflict of interest.

Burns & McDonnell pointed out that Renner had represented a competing proposer, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, in a major facilities project at the University of Kansas.

Renner and his law firm both denied that there was a conflict because the firm’s work with Edgemoor ended in the middle of 2016.

Kansas City’s municipal attorney, Cecilia Abbott, also said she did not believe Renner’s work with Edgemoor put him in conflict with Burns & McDonnell.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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