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Legislation #: 101041 Introduction Date: 12/9/2010
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 12/26/2010
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2011.

Legislation History
12/9/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/9/2010 Immediate Adoption
12/9/2010 Councilmember Sharp Move To Hold On Docket
12/9/2010 Held on Docket (12/16/2010)
12/16/2010 Councilmember Sharp Move to Amend
12/16/2010 Passed as Amended

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Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2011.


WHEREAS, the City desires to publish general statements of its positions on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed federal legislation during the 1st Session of the 112th United States Congress in 2011; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the priorities and positions below on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2011.


A. Infrastructure


U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – support continued funding for flood risk management, for water resources planning efforts, and environmental infrastructure for the following projects:


Turkey Creek Basin - $4,000,000 for Construction;

Swope Park Industrial Area - $4,500,000 for Construction;

Kansas City’s (7) Levees - $12,330,000 for Design and Construction;

Blue River Channel - $3,000,000 for Construction;

Blue River Basin (Dodson) $8,000,000 for Construction;

Missouri River Degradation - $750,000 for General Investigations;

Brush Creek Basin - $300,000 for General Investigations;

Line Creek Basin - $100,000 for General Investigations;

Kansas City, Missouri Critical Environmental Infrastructure (WRDA ’99) - $15,000,000


Water Resources Development Act – Support authorization of a WRDA bill that includes the following projects:


Blue River Basin (Dodson) – Increase authorization to $45,500,000.

Swope Park Industrial Area – Authorization for the Corps to construct the RR flyover bridge as part of the project with the City receiving credit for the cost of the bridge towards the City’s cost share obligation, not to exceed $5,000,000.

Blue River Channel – Authorization to produce a General Reevaluation Report using Construction General funding consistent and in conjunction with the Project.

Missouri River Degradation – Revise cost share to full Federal expense as the conditions on the River are governed by Federally operated and maintained projects as part of an interstate waterway system.

Kansas City, Missouri Critical Environmental Infrastructure – Increase authorization from current $15,000,000 to $80,000,000.


Transportation. Support for the upcoming re-authorization of Federal Transportation Legislation (SAFETEA-LU reauthorization) asking for the following specific projects to be identified:


The Performance Based Inter-Urban Transportation Safety Program which includes I-35 to 103rd Street and from The Paseo to the Blue Ridge Cut-Off and including support for funding transportation infrastructure in the City’s urban core;

Extension of the Katy Trail from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City.

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure - Support for a $10 million appropriation through the State and Tribal Assistance Grants Account for combined sewer and wet weather overflow projects.


Environmental Programs. Support for ongoing funding of previously authorized programs:

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants;

Expansion of Green Impact Zone funding.


Long Term Infrastructure - Support creation of the following programs and funding of such programs:

Water Quality Investment Act for sewer overflow control grants;

Water Quality Financing Act for water pollution control programs;

Clean Water Affordability Act;

Water Infrastructure Financing Act;

Healthy Communities Water Supply Act;

National Commission on Infrastructure.


B. Community Issues

Community Reinvestment. Support modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act.


Consent Decrees. Support the goals of the proposed Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act.


Energy Efficiency. Support legislation to clarify that federal law concerning energy efficiency in home appliances does not preempt more stringent state and local energy efficiency building codes..


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Support extending the program, funded initially through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as an ongoing program to fund energy efficiency projects in local communities.


Home Energy Assistance. Support increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and energy efficiency (Low-Income Weatherization Assistance) while ensuring there is traceable documentation that LIHEAP recipients are referred to the weatherization assistance program.


Homeland Security. Support funding for the following:


Homeland Security anti-terrorism projects and initiatives;

First responder agencies and services;

Local homeland security offices, facilities and personnel;

Protection of essential local utilities, facilities and services.


Homeless Assistance. Support funding of homeless assistance programs, remove caps on Essential Services and Homeless Prevention funds and support the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act.


Housing. Support for the continuation and increased funding of the Community Development Block Grant program and the creation of a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund.


Housing Foreclosure Notification. Extension of legislation mandating notification of tenants of foreclosure of their dwelling units.


Housing/Vacant Property. Support for the Neighborhood Reclamation and Revitalization Act to create a grant fund for communities to improve and clean-up vacant property that currently blights neighborhoods.


Housing/Making Home Affordable Loan Modification Program. Support legislation to require financial institutions that receive Toxic Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to participate in the Making Home Affordable Loan Modification Program.


Immigration Reform. Support comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration laws.


New Markets Tax Credits. Support for the reauthorization of the program and for Kansas City’s participation in the awarding of future tax credits.


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). Support legislation that clearly reaffirms the right of state and local governments to exercise liens or assess special taxes or other property obligations to improve housing stock, including energy efficiency improvements, by directing federal regulators to enforce underwriting standards consistent with guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Energy for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.


Parks, Recreation and Cultural Projects. Support the following:


The Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act;

The No Child Left Inside Act;

Children and Nature Environmental Education direct funding for parks and recreation agencies;

Increased Transportation Enhancement funding in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization.

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and urge the Administration to incorporate urban river restoration in the Initiative.

Requiring that 40% of Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations be allocated to the State Assistance program.


Predatory Lending. Support predatory lending reform, specifically the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, and oppose all weakening amendments, such as any attempt to preempt states from passing stronger laws.


Public Health. Support significant, permanent increased funding for local health departments to improve their capacity to handle public health threats, including naturally occurring infectious diseases and bio-terrorism and support increased funding and opportunities to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.


Public Health and Safety. Support for a federal allocation to support expansion of the Aim4Peace program to cover additional high-crime areas of Kansas City.


Workforce Investment Act. Support for the reauthorization and increased funding of this act which provides needed help for full employment activities.