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In emotion-packed meeting, Kansas City council approves agreement with Edgemoor for new KCI

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The next step for a new airport in Kansas City has happened. 

The Kansas City City Council approved an ordinance that authorizes the city manager to execute a memorandum of understanding with Edgemoor. 

It was an 8-5 vote. 

Councilmembers Dan Fowler, Quinton Lucas, Jermaine Reed, Katheryn Shields, Jolie Justus, Alissia Canady, Kevin McManus and Kansas City Mayor Sly James all voted yes. 

Meanwhile, Councilmembers Scott Wagner, Heather Hall, Teresa Loar, Barnes and Taylor all voted no. 

"I’m happy, relieved, and, most of all, excited that we can finally move on to the next phase of this project and give Kansas Citians the airport they want and deserve," James said in a statement. "This wasn’t always a pretty process, but at the end of the day, when city officials trust the democratic process and act to serve Kansas Citians, we move forward as a community. Now, it’s time to get to work on the next steps."

At least one council member raised concerns about Edgemoor’s role in Seattle’s airport construction, which is running over on cost and time. 

"At the end of the day, this council made a decision they wanted to move forward with this team," Wagner said. "Whether or not I agree with it is now past tense."

Before voting no, Wagner laid out his concerns about Seattle's airport in a Facebook post earlier this week: 

Loar was perhaps the most passionate on the council floor. 

Before voting no, she commented on the process. 

“Under Mayor Cleaver and Mayor Barnes, there was nothing as acrimonious and as hateful and as rancorous as this has been," she said. “I think the bitterness, the hostility, the slurs, the accusations, the allegations of being paid off or taking money under the table or talking with somebody you’re not supposed to. That is not true!”

During Thursday's meeting, Lucas added that he's been called a traitor to his race. Barnes spoke of receiving robocalls about the airport's plan. 

Some who voted in favor Thursday were against the measure last December. 

Geoff Stricker, a spokesperson for Edgemoor, said the new agreement addressed most of the 45 items councilmembers laid out late last year. 

“We were able to address 43 of the 45 items and put them into the document to deliver a document that Kansas Citians should be proud of," he said. 

Edgemoor will now start working on securing financing. Another council vote will be needed on the development agreement, plus the FAA will conduct an environmental assessment. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more. 

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