Kansas City is considering hiring a rep for Royals stadium talks

Kansas City, Mo – City Manager Brian Platt is interested in former Unified Government of Wyandotte County Administrator Doug Bach as “our owner’s representative” to oversee stadium discussions with the Kansas City Royals.

Platt sent an email to city council members.

“We had mail during the council recess week, which meant some council members didn’t check their email,” Northland City Councilwoman Heather Hall said in an interview with FOX4 on Wednesday.

Hall had some other problems with Platt trying to hire Bach.

“Number two, we heard it was a no-bid. Number three, we had four days to respond, and we had four people have to respond negatively in order for him to stop moving forward, and that’s what I know from the letter.

Hall said he knows he and Councilwoman Kathryn Shields responded back to Platt. He didn’t know if the other council members did either.

“I said I was fine to continue without any questions being answered. I believe Mr. Bach is a good person, but no one knows anything,” Hall said.

“Second, if this is a good thing for the city, then there’s no harm in having a 20-minute business session on it, just the city manager giving us a heads up on what he’s going to do about it.”

Hall said he knows how hard Platt works, and he’s not concerned that Platt sent emails at night. But Hall said he’s also concerned about the cost.

“So for us to spend $120,000 or whatever that amount is once a year but for years to represent the owner for something we don’t have seems bad,” he said.

Platt responded to FOX4’s request for comment but was not available for an interview Wednesday. He said he didn’t move forward with the hire though until the city council discussed it further.

FOX4 also reached Bach by phone Wednesday but did not hear back.

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