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Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

No, and the article in the paper did not name any replacements, it left the impression they were not in any hurry to replace him. He might be a nice guy, but his record of performance has been pretty dismal for a long time; every thing he did seemed to backfire, whether his fault or not is debatable. Apparently he did not do a good job of qualifying his projects. I do believe he tried, but things just never seemed to pan out that he had anything to do with. Most of the money funding his organization with was going into salaries, and he only had two employees, himself and a secretary, as I recall. Seems like I remember he had a budget of something like $120,000 / year, but I could be wrong on the amount. The board should be commended for finally taking an action that was long overdue. But our problems in Ulysses and Grant County are BIGGER than the economic development failures.  (Oct 8, 2010 | post #21)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

The City of Ulysses via the economic development organization initially BLEW some $350,000 of taxpayer funds on the FIRST proposed alcohol plant in such a lax manner of accountability that when the organization got the bucks, they disappeared into thin air and could not even be tracked down. Apparently either NO, or shoddy, investigation by the city into the legitimacy of organization's status they hand out money to with NO accountability therefrom. The current alcohol plant is being built EXCLUSIVELY with government grant money (federal taxpayer funds), NOT private capital. This applies to the project from the "ground up", and any improvements "they" fund. The city is being held responsible for making improvements to extend city services, sewer, water, etc. to the new site, and the county for improvements like road upgrades, etc. Even if the city/county is ultimately reimbursed, it is federal tax dollars doing the refunding -- in the end, the taxpayers are building the plant from one source of public funds or another, BUT WE DON'T OWN IT should any profits materialize therefrom in the future. What a deal ??? . . . . It's called screw the taxpayers, give them the shaft, and brainwash them into thinking they are getting one hell of a deal. The county, along with several other southwest Kansas counties, recently have extended county tax funds by "grant" funding (no payback required) to the Cimmarron Valley Railroad for track improvements system wide, which are seriously needed (look at all the derailments of recent past - I understand the trains can not go over about 35 miles per hour or less in some sections because the tracks are in such bad shape), to keep the railroad service available to the southwest Kansas county community served thereby for those railroad shippers who require or need it. While the Posse strongly believes in having quality rail service available to our community, one must still realize that it is another case of private industry not making it on their own due to bad management, economic conditions, or otherwise, and depending on a government bailout to sustain operations. If the taxpayers are going to fund ANY private industry (railroads or otherwise), the up front agreement should start with some "ownership rights" and the stipulation that any future profits made by the private business be shared back to the taxpayers in the event the organization eventually starts making money and operating in the black. Regarding Wal-Mart road improvements, the highway 160 was torn up in the vicintiy of Stubbs road an eastward a while back, supposedly as preparation work for the Wal-Mart project to ultimately service traffic associated therewith for a location site that makes NO sense to begin with.  (Oct 7, 2010 | post #19)

Ulysses, KS

Ulysses Walmart plans moving forward

Look at the 100 block of CURRENT Main Street in Ulysses today on the west side of the street. Practically EVERY building is VACANT. Only Armstrong's Insurance Agency seems solid. The only other remaining business in the block on the west side has their place up for sale and is essentially already out of business. The Loaves and Fishes is only occupied when Mexicans driving $35,000 new vehicles are coming in for free groceries. If Wal-Mart comes to town, this situation of the center part of town (Main Street) turning into a ghost town, IS GOING TO GET WORSE !!! But the convenience is sure going to be nice, and a lot of money currently going out of town WILL stay in Ulysses for a day or two before Wal-Mart transfers it to Arkansas. And it WILL draw out-of-town business, primarily from EXTREME southeast Colorado. Hugoton and Elkhart will still go to Liberal most likely, Sublette can go north to Garden or Liberal, same difference, Lakin and towns north will still go to Garden. Why should these towns come to Ulysses, when they have to go out-of-town anyway, and going to the larger cities for a day's/evening's worth of Wal-Mart shopping is preferable due to ALL the other attractions of the larger towns have to offer. If Wal-Mart comes to town, they are building it in the wrong place. History has proven the draw it is on the banks of DO flood every so often occassionally when Bear Creek floods from excessive rains in eastern Colorado. It would be better to put it west of town. Even less rattlesnakes out there than the creek. When word gets around that shopping at Wal-Mart in Ulysses may involve battling rattlesnakes in the parking lot, or driving home with them if they have crawled up in the undercarriage of the vehicle, this will be negative for public relations. What would be wrong with putting Wal-Mart out in the MUCH LARGER area west of the Joyce Street Panama Canal project, originally supposed to be a high class residential district that has never materialized from the real estate developers who REQUIRED Ulysses to build the Joyce Street Canal project as a pre-requisite NECESSITY for them to CONSIDER going ahead with their proposed high class residential addition. At least then the taxpayers would get some return on their investment ( $1 million plus ) in the Joyce Street Panama Canal, which is currently another project the city JUST HAD to have at the taxpayer's expense in the name of economic development that has turned out to be a fairy tale of dreams instead of reality. Someone of influence in the community must own or have owned the property currently "picked" for the Wal-Mart location; it is such a poor location choice for such an expansive real estate gobbling consuming project as a Wal-Mart store. By the time they get a full size store built, they will not have much left for a parking lot. And there is essentially NO expansion room for any "tag along" businesses that some believe "accompany " and follow Wal-Mart and like to locate in the immediate vicinity of the Wal-Mart store, like Applebees, Home Depot, A&W, Taco Bell, etc. Out west of town there would be plenty of room for these "tag along" secondary businesses if they should ever follow Wal-Mart to Ulysses.  (Oct 5, 2010 | post #34)

Ulysses, KS

Ulysses Walmart plans moving forward

I'm on the fence regarding Wal-Mart coming to Ulysses, I can see both pros and cons. I will definately appreciate the covenience making trips to Garden, Liberal, or Dodge unneccessary, and the merchandise selection available; I too am one who often finds it difficult to find from local merchants what I need, in Ulysses. But there ARE downsides, such as: I am aware that Wal-Mart, for whatever jobs are created, also has a reputation for treating their employees so bad that many in towns where Wal-Marts exist will not work there even if they love to shop there. Understand that any/all net profits the store makes will go out of town up the chain of their organization, as opposed to staying in town as is the case for local merchants. It WILL put local merchants outof business !!! When Wal-Mart went into Liberal, Liberal had as many as six "Mom and Pop" local stores selling and doing repairs on TVs, VCRs, and other electronic equipment. I personally knew one of them. All these businesses had been paying local city/county taxes for the life of their operations. Liberal gave a tax abatement to Wal-Mart to obtain them; other than sales tax collected, Wal-Mart operated "tax free", at least for a time. People bought electronic gear from Wal-Mart, and put every one of the small shops out of business, they could not make a living on doing repairs alone, and getting repair service directly from Wal-Mart was not an option, the only repair service Wal-Mart offered was to return the merchandise if defective and get a replacement, if out of warranty, the only solution Wal-Mart offered was to toss the old unit in the trash and buy a new one. Fixing a multi-hundred dollar TV console for a repair bill of $100.00 or so was not an option at Wal-Mart, and there was not incentive to hire the local repair shops to fix it since one could go to Wal-Mart and buy a new unit for the cost of the repair bill or less. When Wal-Mart gets here, it will drive a minimum of the follwing local businesses to close the door. The other two "discount stores", Alco and Dollar General, although Dollar General may hold on for awhile. This town went out of its way to get Alco here to replace Duckwall's on Main Street. Wal-Mart's automotive section will put Perry's Tires, Franks's Tires, and Riley's Lube Shop on moth balls sooner or later, and negatively impact the auto parts stores and Bultman's for sales like auto chemicals, oil, anti-freeze, air cleaners, filters, and other after-market products, etc. Wal-Mart's pharmacy will put Grant County Drug out of business. Any stores selling clothes (Alco, for example) will suffer. Almost ALL product lines handled by Alco are also offered by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart's grocery division will put BOTH grocery stores, Russ's and Dave's, out of business. Wal-Mart's in house eating section will cut into every fast food business in Ulysses. If Wal-Mart offers fuel (this seems to be discontinued, but could be restarted), it would negatively impact all the convenience stores that depend on selling gas as their main source of revenue. Wal-Marts's Lawn and Garden division will knock all such local stores out of business. Wal-Mart's hardware division will negatively impact BOTH lumber yards in town for tools and other hardware items. Wal-Mart's electronic division will draw business away from the local cell phone market shops. Wal-Mart's profits from all this will go to Arkansas, as opposed to staying in the local economy; I suppose the same can also be said for Alco as well, where ever their headquarters are  (Oct 5, 2010 | post #33)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

Part 5 of 5 So had anyone given serious opposition to tearing down Dr. Coffee's old office building, I doubt it would have fallen on anything but deaf ears yet again, given there seems to be elements in public administration (as in the council and their puppets) who delight in messing with private property to the extent of tearing down private property apparently just because it exhibits their power status of influence. Since government officials are hard of hearing at public meetings, I choose this forum for expression. Our democracy depends on critical analysis of government activities and actions. This is not Stalinist Russia and Iron Curtain politics should not apply.  (Oct 1, 2010 | post #5)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

Part 4 of 5 As a citizen of the USA, under the First Amendment, I have a right to express my opinion, including the displeasure of government officials, and we as citizens also have the right to assemble to protest government actions and express grievances. The internet has become one of the best assembly forums in our society, and given being ignored by government officials at public meetings on numerous occasions in the past resulting in talking to a brick wall whose minds are already made up prior to the public's expression interaction. I remember when the new alcohol plant was being discussed, and various representatives tried to convince public officials of the absurdity of the investment; they, although allowed to express themselves, were given A DEAF EAR to the reality of economics. Subsequent to that, the taxpayers were ripped off to the tune of $350,000.00 as I recall, when the city gave via the economic development (what a joke) a "grant" to locate in Ulysses, and the firm was never heard from again. (Wonder how much of THAT money is still in "local" pockets ?) That was followed by another alcohol plant scheme, which has required significant city investment at taxpayer's expense, which plant has still not come to reality. If there was really the profit potential in this industry, private investment organizations would have NO trouble raising the PRIVATE capital to finance such endeavors. The fact that these plants are being built AND OPERATED on government subsidy grants (taxpayer funded) should tell any observant party that the profit motive is questionable. Also the number of plants built that have been moth balled out-of-production due to the economic reality of non-profitable operation writes a major significant chapter in this book, no matter how good it looks on paper. But we forged ahead at the taxpayer's expense, more motivated by "keeping up with the Jones's" than anything else, since surrounding communities (Dodge City, Hugoton, Liberal, Garden City, Sublette, etc.) were progressively encouraging this nightmare. Where are their alcohol plants today and how profitable are they ? I heard the one at Pratt also closed. As much money as has been soaked into the local plant at Ulysses (some 1 million dollars plus) just in ground work preparation alone, by the time they get the plant built (on taxpayer grants), it will have to be also operated on taxpayer subsidies (ie, not independently profitable) for a long time if not forever. Where is the logic to encourage such industry for whatever quick and dirty local gain may be had, if in the end the "overall " expense thereof bites the taxpayer in the behind harder than the benefit. Our government at all levels has been robbing Peter to pay Paul as standard operating procedural economics for decades. The City could not comprehend these considerations and reasonable logic and rationality, and numerous individuals in power responsible therefore are still getting re-elected and still in power. I guess the moral of the story is run for government office; what other position can one hold, blow $350,000.00 of someone else's money away, and not get fired -- I think its called the gravy train.  (Oct 1, 2010 | post #4)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

Part 3 of 5 Back to the building on main street. The appraisal of the property for tax purposes HAS to be worth more WITH the building on it than the property is worth WITHOUT the structure on it. This throw away philosophy by government officials (for PRIVATE property, when they can't even manage public property properly that we as taxpayers have entrusted to their stewardship) is counter productive to their own property tax revenue "sugar daddy" revenue stream of support. Given the exhaustion of natural resources (primarily water and gas in our community) that has contributed to the "boom time" era of our local economy over the last half a century, allowing government officials to squander money like they have an unlimited supply, we need government by common sense instead of government by whim, desire, and "wild hairs up their you-know-what ". Declaring the building on Main Street to be a dangerous building is not only criminal, but typical of our City Inspection department; ie, Mr. Todd Hampton, who, with colleagues has pulled more than one fiasco in the past, and will take any position necessary, no matter how ridiculous, for him to keep his job with the City and the County. This person obtained his status, without ever having had a technical license in ANY trade he has the legal authority to oversee and rule on. He is known to have perjured himself on at least one case in district court during a previous City administration. He and predecessors along with respective administrations have contradicted themselves in granting permit after permit on project after project, telling the permit seeker their plans were OK and to go ahead, then after the project was underway and considerable expense had been invested, contradicting the official original position on matters, costing the person(s) whose money is on the line excessive wasted expense if not the whole project in its entirety. My sympathies to Walmart and the alcohol plant if they ever come to town, good luck. I wonder if the City will screw THEM around ?  (Oct 1, 2010 | post #3)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

Part 2 of 5 This reminds me of, on the county level of the government circus, the taxpayers being told that it was going to require 3 million dollars to fix the old care home, because the heating and air conditioning had to be redone. Any one in their right mind knows it would NOT TAKE 3 million dollars to COMPLETELY tear out and redo the heating/air conditioning system of the old (now gone) care home; but it seems within 6 months after someone gets elected to public office, their mind turns into grape jelly and among other things they forget the true value of a dollar (since it is the taxpayers money instead of theirs), and they loose ALL common sense (assuming they ever had any in the first place before they obtained the status of "absolute power" figures in the community known historically to "corrupt absolutely"), and their perspective becomes warped, distorted, and perverted away from reality and truth the USA was founded upon by founders such as Thomas Jefferson who believed the "government who governs best is also the government who governs least" (TRUE CONSERVATIVE values our "Republican " political community should by default endorse, at least regarding private property). Maybe they rely too much on advice from the League of Municipalities and other advisory lobby organizations who get rich (how many taxpayer dollars does this organization alone drain out of the city coffers in fees and memberships) from assisting and advising incompetent government officials who don't have real qualifications for office in the first place, but enough friends on election day in the voting booth to get elected anyhow. Is our community governed by the League of Municipalities, or the taxpayers who are funding the tab ? Perhaps our society would do well to establish basic requirements for public office, like a basic IQ test; but probably that would fail also, given that some high IQ'd individuals are also some of the most foolish (the old saying goes, there is only one thing worse than a fool, and that is an educated fool), not to mention the most crooked and corrupt. Our prisons are full of criminals with high IQs. So the solution to the care home dilemma was to build a whole new facility AT OVER TWICE THE COST of the obviously inflated bloated estimate of repairs for the old one ???, which newer construction is inferior to the quality of the old building (I've heard the roof has already leaked on the new building and did such major damage to the carpet that it has already had to be replaced at least in part); and THEN tear down the old building since "it was in such bad shape" (another dangerous !!! building I guess), costing the taxpayers a reported $40,000.00 demolition bill, making the taxpayers kiss goodbye to and write off their investment they made in the old building back in history. People, this is government by the incompetent of the stupid, which is becoming the new definition of democracy nationwide at ALL levels of government from the most local to the highest national strata; in a democracy, one gets the government they elect to govern them, everyone should be happy as hell I guess if this is what you want. Why do other communities build infrastructure that lasts and lasts and lasts, but the City of Ulysses and Grant County seem to have this disposable throw away attitude towards public facilities ? requiring new this and new that.  (Oct 1, 2010 | post #2)

Ulysses, KS

why is the city of ulysses tearing down a "good" building ?

Part 1 of 5 The antics of government, regardless of level, never cease to amaze/amuse me. The City of Ulysses has declared Dr. Coffees's old office building on Main Street to be a "dangerous building", worthy of demolition. So it needs some new doors, and has a window boarded up. To the best of appearance, how does that qualify it to be a "dangerous building" ? (Not the first time the City has miss-diagnosed a situation). Never mind the common sense analysis that it is built with solid concrete walls with a brick veneer in good repair, from quality construction back in the middle of the last century when we had quality building contractors who knew how to and did quality construction work intended to "last" the tests of time, above and opposed to the shoddy workmanship of today's "code standards". And as one familiar with the building has said, "If a tornado hit town, that is the VERY building I would want to be in, since due to its solid construction built like a brick "you-know-wha t", it would be the ONLY building left standing if ANY were". Even if it needs a new roof, putting one on could be done at a fraction of the cost of constructing a building of equal quality with today's prices and costs of total building replacement in terms of today's dollars. It is said it is too close to the building behind it (within 10 feet) to comply with city codes Who gives a damn ? (except the power/authority gloated goons at city hall). If that is true, the city should never have given the permit to the owner to build the newer building behind it in the past. It is said the owner had agreed to demolish the older building as part of the deal to get the permit for the newer building, but never followed through with the agreement (I wouldn't want to forfeit a structure of such quality construction either). Such a requirement by the city is nonsense, by code or otherwise, especially given the fact that all over town INCLUDING up and down main street, there exists buildings that are in DIRECT physical adjacent contact proximity to each other. Are they ALL dangerous buildings since they don't have 10 feet between them ? The counter argument to that is that these buildings are all ONE building that just share a common wall; the building in question could easily be physically connected to the building behind it, forming ONE composite building with the newer one at a fraction of the cost to tear down the older building, which is reported to be only a few hundred dollars to demolish it (what a joke, the price quoted wouldn't even pay the insurance premium and bonding of the demolition contractor, much less let them make any money on the project). If the city does it on the taxpayer's dollar, they have better ways to spend their time than messing with private property. It is also said the builder of the newer building had agreed in writing to demolish the older building; while this may constitute a valid legal point, look at all the cases where the City has taken some position only to contradict themselves later, resulting in MAJOR expense to the parties independently financing the project.  (Oct 1, 2010 | post #1)

Ulysses, KS

Will the I.N.S. or I.C.E. / Immigration please visit Ulysses

http://www.wehirea liens.com/  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #17)

Ulysses, KS

Immigration - Ulysses, KS

Self Defense Survival  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #87)

Ulysses, KS

Kroy Industries knowingly hiring Ilegal Aliens.

http://www.wehirea liens.com/ http://www.theinvi siblewar.info  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #27)

Ulysses, KS

pioneer communications

I could not believe it either, but it is true. I run dynamic real time speed monitors, in addition to doing speed tests on links I have previously posted. Only got that fast one time though. High water mark since has been 7.1 Mbps.  (May 1, 2010 | post #113)

Ulysses, KS

pioneer communications

Since my last post here, I have had, on Pioneer DSL, one evening download speeds in the range of 17.1-21.3 Mbps; this was from a server in the UK. Apparently that particular evening, I had a GOOD path through the net, and the hosting server was super fast for whatever reason, maybe little server load, well tuned, etc. It just proves, these speeds ARE capable and possible over Pioneer DSL, even if not typical, and also suggests Pioneer is telling the truth when they say they do not impose any caps on DSL service. This speed is "at the top", relative to international comparisons, like South Korea, not to mention normal domestic speeds in the USA. I have only gotten such performance one evening late. This speed is what fiber should offer, but since I got it on DSL, proves Pioneer's equipment can handle it, in spite of their hardwire circuits to the house being from 1970's vintage wiring. I do hope Pioneer continues to pursue their conversion to fiber. Average speeds are still usually in the range of 1.5 - 7.1 Mbps most of the time. http://www.speedte st.net/global.php  (Mar 25, 2010 | post #97)

Ulysses, KS

Law enforcement looking for burglary suspects

Because even the positive elements within law enforcement can not guarantee the safety of your person and property 24/7/52, one has to assume the responsibility on their own. However, one must be cautious, and doing so depends on the character and integrity of the legal establishment in the community, ie, status of the county/city attorney, judges, and cops themselves. Unfortunately, many cases exist where protecting one's own rights has backfired, but I still believe this is our constitutional rights and necessary. One case illustrates the point. A family in the south, having had repeated burgularies, about which the "law" did nothing, finally took the situation into their own hands. They advertized all over town they were going to be gone on a certain evening, even had their vehicles hidden away, but secretly hid in the house with baseball bats. Sure enough, when the repetative burgular intered, they pounced on him and beat the poop out of him, video taping the whole thing. The prosecuting attorney filed charges AGAINST THEM. In many states, it is illegal to operate a "set gun" booby trap, to activate upon intrusion in the event you are not at home and therefore can not do it yourself. If you shoot the criminal as he is scared off (in the back), the law will interpret this as un-necessary "because they were fleeing", therefore how could they be intending to cause the victim harm. If you shoot them before they are actually in the house, the law will argue they may have just been walking across the yard, and you don't know if they are indeed a threat. In our age, property lines are like locks; locks only keep honest people honest, criminals will circumvent ANY security system if they put their mind to it. The moral of the story is, in self defense, shoot to kill & hit them in the front, dead men tell no tales.  (Feb 3, 2010 | post #8)

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