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Legislation #: 081221 Introduction Date: 12/4/2008
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 12/28/2008
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 111th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2009.

Legislation History
12/4/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/4/2008 Referred to Legislative Committee
12/11/2008 Hold On Agenda (12/18/2008)
12/18/2008 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
12/18/2008 Councilmember Sharp Move to Amend
12/18/2008 Adopted as Substituted and Amended

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Establishing the Citys positions on matters that may come before the 111th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2009.


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 111th United States Congress in 2009; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the priorities and positions below on matters that may come before the 111th United States Congress during its 1st Session in 2009.


A.                    Infrastructure


1.      Short-term Economic Stimulus. Support for a two-year economic stimulus package for infrastructure that includes federal money for critical capital projects including roads, bridges, green jobs, water and wastewater and combined sewer and wet weather overflow projects.


Support for early FY 10 Congressional approval of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) lease prospectus (Prospectus Number PMO-03-KC09, Congressional District 05) project of 428,949 rentable square feet to the house GSAs Regional Headquarters as well as offices of the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency and other ancillary federal tenants. Status: Prospectus has been approved by GSA Headquarters, the Office of Management and Budget and is awaiting Congressional action via authorization from the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Environmental Public Works Committees.


2.      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Projects. Support continued funding of projects to achieve flood damage reduction and for water resources planning efforts for the following:


a.       Turkey Creek Basin;

b.       Blue River Channel;

c.       Swope Park Industrial Area;

d.       Blue River Basin;

e.       Kansas Citys Seven (7) River Levees;

f.         Brush Creek Basin;

g.       Missouri River Degradation;

h.       Kansas City, Missouri Critical Environmental Infrastructure - $50 million. This is an authorization for the combined sewer and wet weather overflow projects; and,

i.         Line Creek Basin.


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


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


a.       The reconfiguration of the entire mile around the I-435 and I-70 connection in Kansas City; and,

b.      Chouteau Parkway expansion and improvements from Parvin Road to Highway 210; and,

c.       The Lewis and Clark Expressway connection from Paseo Boulevard to the East to I-435; and,

d.      The Truman Boulevard / I-670 project pending the conclusion of the study being undertaken with the City under supervision by the Missouri Department of Transportation; and,

e.       The Performance Based Inter-Urban Transportation Safety Program, including support for funding the Inter-Urban area by improving transportation infrastructure in the urban core.


5.      Long-term Infrastructure. Support creation of the following programs and the funding of such programs:


a.       Water Quality Investment Act for sewer overflow control grants;

b.      Water Quality Financing Act for water pollution control programs;

c.       Clean Water Affordability Act;

d.      Water Infrastructure Financing Act;

e.       Healthy Communities Water Supply Act; and,

f.        Establish the National Commission on Infrastructure


6. Kansas Citys Intermodal Facility. Support expedited funding for environmental remediation at the former Richards-Gebaur Air Base to allow for economic development opportunities for the South Kansas City Intermodal Facility.


B. Community Issues


1.      Community Justice Program. Support an appropriations request to assist in implementing the Community Justice Program to improve local justice systems capacities.

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

a.      Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

b.      Green Jobs Act


3.      Foster Grandparent Reform. Support reform to increase the income eligibility guideline, reduce the eligibility age for participation in the Foster Grandparent Program and increase the stipend for volunteers in the program.


4.      Home Energy Assistance. Support for 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.


5.      Homeland Security. Support funding for the following:


a.      Homeland security anti-terrorism projects and initiatives;

b.      First responder agencies and services;

c.       Local homeland security offices, facilities and personnel; and,

d.      Protection of essential local utilities, facilities and services.


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


7.      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.  


8.      Housing Foreclosure Notification. Support legislation to mandate 30-day notification of tenants of foreclosure of their dwelling units.


9.      Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Support efforts to revise Neighborhood Stabilization Program requirements to eliminate the return of program income after July 30, 2013, and to remove, or lower the required purchase discount, which is a minimum of 5% and an average of 15%.


10.  New Markets Tax Credits. Support for the reauthorization of the program and for Kansas Citys participation in the awarding of future tax credits.


11.  Parks, Recreation and Cultural Projects. Support the following:


a.      Appropriations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act;

b.      The No Child Left Inside Act;

c.       Transportation funding for an improved zoo entrance;

d.      Earmarked funding for a permanent facility for the Kansas City Ballet Association; and,

e.      Reauthorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant program.


12.  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.


13.  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 in our community.


14.  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.


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