Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Governor’s SFAAP decision due soon

July 17, 2003

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should make a decision soon on a key document in the transfer of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Matt All, chief legal counsel for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, said the administration was preparing a response to a preliminary finding of suitability of early transfer. That response to the so-called FOSET should be released within days, he said.
"I would hope it would be this month," he said.
If the proposal to transfer the closed 9,065-acre ammunition plant Kessinger/Hunter and Co. of Kansas City, Mo., and Cherokee Partners of Raleigh, N.C., is to go forward, the governor must sign the preliminary FOSET. The Sebelius administration inherited the proposal from the staff of former Gov. Bill Graves.
Approval of a final FOSET would allow transfer of the plant to the state and ultimately Kessinger/Hunter before the entire site is cleaned.
Although the decision on the preliminary FOSET was imminent, the governor's office welcomed public comment on the Sunflower transfer, All said.
"We want to make the right decision for the people of Kansas," he said. "We understand there are various opinions in Johnson County on the best use of that property."
The governor's signature on the preliminary FOSET would not end the governor's involvement in Sunflower's transfer and development, nor would it mean the Kessinger/Hunter proposal was inevitable, All said. The governor's office will review other documents pertaining to the transfer, including a final FOSET, he said.
"I would expect we will know a lot more details about this proposal at that time," he said.

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