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Letters to editor
With great appreciation, I would like to thank Tom Taylor with NRAD, Heartland Health Clinic, the Platte County Health Department, Goin' Postal for the American flags and patients that have generously given supplies.
Between the Lines by Ivan Foley
Additionally, after Rawlings' formal bid, Rawlings directed Tom Taylor (NRAD director) via email to reply to another potential bidder that NRAD already has "a contract on (the) ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids.
This statement by the investigator seems to indicate Rawlings made the decision on a deadline after his proposal was already in and communicated that deadline to Taylor. As you'll see in this issue, Tom Taylor, executive director of the Northland Regional Ambulance District, has submitted his resignation, indicating he'll retire in June. NRAD, you'll recall, less than a year ago was all over the local and regional news--the Kansas City television news channels were all over it-after The Landmark reported the district had paid what appraisers told us was an extremely inflated price for land near Camden Point from the president of the NRAD board of directors. NRAD paid $175,000 for three acres of land owned by its board president, who had owned the property less than a year while it was common knowledge the district had been looking at property in that area for two years. The Missouri Ethics Commission was made aware of the situation and an investigation ensued. A patron appeared at an NRAD board meeting and referred to the board of directors as "a bunch of crooks. So, during the course of my phone interview with Taylor, I asked him if the public controversy surrounding that transaction had anything to do with his decision to step away. My question sent Taylor, though relatively soft-spoken he was, into flip-out mode. "It has absolutely nothing to do with that," said Taylor, as he slowly grew irritated. "I can't believe you asked me that question," he said at the beginning of a rant, a remark he made more than once after his feathers had been ruffled. My response to his reaction went like this: "Really? You can't believe that question was asked? If you're serious, that's a sign you are out of touch with the community." Taylor then rambled on a bit longer, something about how he and I have a difference of opinion on the topic of that controversial land buy (note: the wording of my question did not include an opinion, it was a fact-based question that I knew was going to be on the minds of everyone reading the article). He then hinted that in his opinion the reporting about that land deal was overblown. His attitude seemed to be that, in his opinion, a majority of the public really doesn't care.
Additionally, the district's paid director, Tom Taylor, recently announced he will be retiring in June.
During a Sept. 20, 2010 board meeting, Rawlings allegedly directed NRAD Executive Director Tom Taylor to begin searching for available property in the same area. When another potential land seller in the area came forward, Rawlings allegedly directed Taylor to reply that NRAD already has "a contract on [the] ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids.
Director: Tom Taylor
The Parkville Missouri Luminary: Journalists Expose (Alleged) Ambulance District Corruption
During a September 20, 2010 board meeting, Rawlings allegedly directed NRAD Executive Director Tom Taylor to begin searching for available property in the same area. When another potential land seller in the area came forward, Rawlings allegedly directed Thomas to reply that NRAD already has "a contract on [the] ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids. Labels:Eric Zahnd, Kevin Rawlings, Northland Regional Ambulance District, NRAD, Sheriff Richard Anderson, Tom Taylor