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Legislation #: 050170 Introduction Date: 2/10/2005
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 109th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2005.

Legislation History
2/10/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/10/2005 Referred to Legislative, Rules and Ethics Committee
2/16/2005 Be Adopted
2/17/2005 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
2/24/2005 Councilmember Cooper Move to Amend
2/24/2005 Passed as Amended

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Establishing the Citys positions on matters that may come before the 109th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2005.


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 109th United States Congress in 2005; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the following priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 109th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2005:


A. Economic Development Projects


1.                  KCI Maintenance Overhaul Base Provide $2,000,000 to provide for infrastructure improvements to maximize use of the maintenance overhaul base

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

3.                  Economic Development Support funding for infrastructure development in the Columbus Park, 11th and Grand, Freight House, and Union Hill areas

4.                  Transportation Support the re-authorization of the Federal Transportation Legislation (TEA-21) with specific projects earmarked including:

a.                   Construction of a companion bridge or expansion of the Paseo Bridge/Interstate 29/35 Missouri River crossing and highway improvements for better access to Downtown

b.                  Construction of two additional lanes to Front Street between I-29/35 and I-435 and to Chouteau Trafficway from I-35 to Missouri Route 210

c.                   Upgrading signalized intersections to accelerate implementation of the Operation Green Light arterial street signal modernization program to improve traffic flow

d.                  Bus Rapid Transit

e.                   Kansas City SmartPort, Inc. - Americas Secure Inland Port Solution which is designing and implementing an intelligent transportation system

5.                  Watershed Management Support funding for:

a.                   Watershed management planning and construction of subsequent projects

b.                  Special storm-water control projects within the three large watersheds that cover the northern portion of the City to allow continued economic development there


B. Ongoing Projects

1.                              Airports Protect and fund airports for passenger facility and customer facility changes and provide additional funding for the Federal Airport Improvement Program and Airport war and terrorism insurance

2.                              Brownfields Support continued funding for the cleanup and re-development of brownfields, and authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do work in brownfields areas.

3.                              U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control Protection Support continued funding for the following flood control projects:

a.                   Blue River Channel

b.                  Turkey Creek Basin

c.                   Blue River Basin

d.                  Kansas Citys Seven (7) River Levees

e.                   Brush Creek Basin

f.                    Swope Park Industrial Area

4. Homeland Security Support funding for:

a. Homeland security anti-terrorism projects and initiatives

b. First responder agencies and services

c. Local homeland security offices, facilities and personnel

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

5. Public Health Support significant, permanent increases in funding for local health departments to improve their capacity to handle public health threats, including naturally occurring infectious diseases and bio-terrorism.

6. Riverfront Development Provide grants for infrastructure improvements and habitat restoration on sites adjacent to the Missouri River.

7. Transportation Support continued funding for road and bridge maintenance and improvements.

8. Homeless Assistance Support funding of homeless assistance programs and remove mandatory 30% caps on Essential Services and Homeless Prevention funds.

9.                  Parks and Recreation Projects Funding for projects such as the Shoal Creek Living History Museum, Line Creek Valley, the Blue River Trail, Swope Park, Longview Aquatics Center, Tiffany Springs Park, Lykins Community Center, and Cliff Drive

10. Police Infrastructure Vehicle Impound Facility, FOCUS Center for Youth and Seniors, and Mobile Data terminals

11. Water Quality Support funding for:

a. Water infrastructure management initiatives

b. Urban Wet Weather Quality Act of 2000

c. Special needs of areas served by Kansas Citys Water Services Department

d. Cleaner and safer drinking water

e. Stormwater control