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Legislation #: 120908 Introduction Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: None
Title: Creating a new department to be known as the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department by amending Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, Division 13, by repealing the title and Sections 2-521 through 2-529 and enacting a new title and new Sections 2-521 through 2-525 and by repealing Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, Division 15, Housing and Community Development Department.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/17/2012 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/18/2012 Referred to Neighborhoods & Healthy Communities Committee
10/24/2012 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
10/25/2012 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 120908

 

Creating a new department to be known as the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department by amending Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, Division 13, by repealing the title and Sections 2-521 through 2-529 and enacting a new title and new Sections 2-521 through 2-525 and by repealing Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, Division 15, Housing and Community Development Department.

 

WHEREAS, Section 415 of the Charter anticipates the occasional need for the City Council to reconsider the administration and delivery of City services by restructuring the departmental organization of City government by establishing additional departments under the administrative control of the City Manager; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council finds that consolidating the administration of the neighborhood and community services with the housing and community development programs, along with certain other related programs, into a single department will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the City’s administration of such programs and its delivery of services created by such programs; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, Division 13, is hereby amended by repealing the title and Sections 2-521 through 2-529 and enacting a new title and new Sections 2-521 through 2-525, to read as follows:

DIVISION 13. NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOUSING SERVICES

Sec. 2-521. Divisions; duties of director.

Sec. 2-522. Division of administration.

Sec. 2-523. Division of neighborhood services.

Sec. 2-524. Division of neighborhood preservation.

Sec. 2-525. Division of housing and community development.

 

DIVISION 13. NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOUSING SERVICES*

 

Sec. 2-521. Divisions; duties of director.

 

The neighborhoods and housing services department shall consist of the following divisions: administration; neighborhood services; neighborhood preservation and community development; and any other divisions as may be established by ordinance. The work and responsibilities of the department shall be under the control and supervision of the director of neighborhoods and housing services who shall supervise the various divisions of the department in the performance of their functions and coordinate their activities and, when so instructed by the city manager, shall render such other related services as may from time to time be requested by the city manager or authorized by the city council. The director shall have all the powers as authorized by the Charter and ordinances including the power to prescribe and enforce rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Charter, for the conduct of the employees of the department, and

for the efficient management and operation of the department. The director shall have the authority to appoint such assistants and other employees as may be necessary to perform the functions of the department. Any references in the City Charter or ordinances to the housing and community development department or the neighborhood and community services department shall be construed to refer to and mean the neighborhoods and housing services department.

 

Sec. 2-522. Division of administration.

 

The division of administration shall be supervised by the director or his or her designee. The work of the division will include all administrative matters and financial and fiscal management. The division will be comprised of three operating units: financial; human resources; and grants fiscal management.

 

Sec. 2-523. Division of neighborhood services.

 

The division of neighborhood services shall be supervised by the director or his or her designee and will be comprised of four operating units: animal health and public safety; regulated industries; tow; and neighborhood engagement.

 

Sec. 2-524. Division of neighborhood preservation.

 

The division of neighborhood preservation shall be supervised by the director or his or her designee. This division is responsible for the management of the city’s dangerous building and vacant structures inventory, code inspections and nuisance abatement.

 

Sec. 5-525. Division of housing and community development.

 

The division of housing and community development shall be supervised by the director or his or her designee and will be comprised of five operating units: planning and special projects; project implementation; human services; housing rehabilitation and repair; and fund management and compliance monitoring. Generally, the division shall be responsible for the planning and preparation of the grant application for the city's participation in the federal community development block grant program, HOME investment partnership program, emergency solutions grant program and housing opportunities for persons with AIDS program, in cooperation with the health department, and the implementation and maintenance of administrative procedures for the management and monitoring of program operations conducted with funds received through these grant programs; serving as the principal contact with the federal government for all matters pertaining to planning and implementation of these grant programs; and developing and administering programs to increase new housing construction and to expand and improve the rehabilitation of existing housing within the city.

 

Secs. 2-526-----2-550. Reserved.

 

*Charter reference – Neighborhood matters, §416.

 

Section 2. That Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, is hereby further amended by repealing in its entirety Division 15, Housing and Community Development Department.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

   ______________________________

Kathy Adams

Assistant City Attorney