Judge Larry Hendricks ruled that since City Council's initial approval of the helicopter purchase was vetoed much of that portion of the case was moot. He said any contracts pertaining to it were "void and unenforceable". Judge Hendricks also found that the ERP software system lease purchase agreement is void because it does not comply with the Kansas Cash Basis Law. The Judge further said that the council does not have the authority to override the mayor's veto.
The ruling raises several issues for City Council. Mayor Bill Bunten said they have already planned a meeting for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the loophole in the Charter Ordinance that does not give the City Council the ability to override a mayoral veto.
Another issue for the city has to do with payments made by third parties for either the helicopter or the software. The ruling states that the city is not liable for any payments for either transaction and it states that none have been made. It becomes complicated because third parties have made payments on the city's behalf. City Spokesperson, David Bevins said the city will have to revue who made those payments and how much they were made for. They then have to decide what to do about them.
To hear from City Spokesperson David Bevins or Mayor Bill Bunten click on the video link at the top of this story.