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Last Published: 8/23/2017 3:32:46 PM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:

RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to evaluate the feasibility of implementing certain methods to advance the City’s environmental goals related to the Paris Climate Agreement, to be known as the Renewable Energy Now Resolution, and to report back to the Council by March 1, 2018.

Councilman Taylor advised that 70% of emissions are from cities; if Kansas City can step up and show leadership to reduce emissions other cities will follow. This ordinance directs the City Manager and staff to report back early next year on the feasibility of the recommendations in this ordinance. This does not mean that all of the recommendations will be started. Councilman Taylor also noted that on the Global Index Kansas City ranks #6 in affordable energy and clean energy and #6 in economic growth. Dennis Murphy, City Manager’s Office, presented the staff report for this ordinance. This ordinance does not implement anything instead it gives direction for a feasibility study to be evaluated for the intent of moving forward with the 10 recommendations outlined in the ordinance. Ashok Gupta, National Resource Defense Council, stated that some of the recommendations will be a challenge but they can be done. This is the first step toward making progress to the US commitment to the Paris Agreement which is to reduce emissions between 26-28% by 2025. Jamie Green, Greenhouse consulting, is in agreement with the ordinance and will be a resource as this ordinance goes forward. There was public testimony in favor of this ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Wagner, Justus, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 0

Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-2024, Conflict of interest annual report, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.

Held without discussion.
 1. The Finance Department will do a presentation on investments.
 Doug Buehler and Marcus Whitworth, Finance Department, provided the presentation for this additional business item. The City of Kansas City Missouri has an investment program because it has cash that it can invest unlike some smaller municipalities. The Investment program tries to maximize security with a fair return on the types of investments the city is allowed to buy; also making sure they meet the day to day cash flow and liquidity needs of the City. The City must conform to Missouri Statues, City Charter and Code and GFOA recommended practice and procedures. The policy for the City's investment program is also adopted by the City’s Investment Committee. Mr. Buehler and Mr. Whitworth provided an overview of the authority, scope, objectives, authorized investments, credit risk and other aspects of the program. A complete copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 2. There may be a general discussion regarding current Finance and Governance Committee issues.
 3. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12. (5) confidential or privileged communications with auditors, pursuant to subsection 17. (6) preparation, including discussions, for negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9.
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