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County should learn lesson about non-agenda items

Here's hoping Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Kelly Parks and other commissioners learned a lesson about rushing to approve non-agenda items. The commission last week approved — without prior public notice and with little vetting — an agreement for Heritage Development Group to promote the Kansas Coliseum complex for livestock, rodeo and equine events. This week The Eagle reported that Heritage offered few details in its business plan and that president and CEO Greg Lippincott was recalled in 2007 as trustee of Ryan Township in Sumner County in a dispute about open meetings and records violations and alleged misuse of funds. When contacted by The Eagle, Lippincott said he was too busy to talk about his company's plans and experience. We can hope the seven-month agreement will be successful for the county and Heritage. And if it isn't, at least the county hasn't agreed to pay Heritage anything. Still, it's embarrassing that the county approved the agreement without knowing more about the company or its plans.