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County goes off-agenda

Maybe the Sedgwick County Commission's hurried decision Wednesday — to work with Heritage Development Group toward booking equestrian events at the Kansas Coliseum — will turn out well. The touted economic benefits sounded exciting for the community. But this off-agenda action, like an earlier one pushed by Chairman Kelly Parks that excised part of the county from the Arkansas River Corridor Access Plan, should not have been made without prior notice to the public (and other commissioners) and a chance for full consideration and debate. "We usually do things with a lot of advance planning," noted Commissioner Tim Norton, who also questioned the wisdom of dealing just with an organization that approached the county rather than seeking and considering other potential partners.