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Last Published: 11/27/2006 1:21:01 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH, BECKY NACE
 

041060
Amending Section 2-521, Code of Ordinances, entitled duties of director to explicitly authorize the director of Neighborhood and Community Services to contract with neighborhood and other nonprofit groups for the abatement of violations of ordinances within the director enforcement responsibilities, including the property maintenance, weeds, and nuisance codes.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Councilman Terry Riley spoke in favor of the passage of this ordinance. The ordinance would allow the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services to partnership with faith-based and community organizations in cleaning up and clearing out vacant lots and abandoned property. He thanked the committee for giving him the opportunity to speak before the committee. Councilwoman Becky Nace agreed. The ordinance would allow the neighborhoods to help themselves in clearing out debris. It allows organizations to look at people and youth in the area when hiring workers to perform these clean-up tasks. Councilwoman Deb Hermann and Councilmen Jim Glover and Troy Nash agreed that people make up neighborhoods and not just structures. The circumstances involved in prompting the ordinance were less than favorable but the outcome could produce a positive result for the communities and city. People have to care for their neighbors welfare. Reverends John Miller, Mark Tolbert, Sr., and Wallace Hartsfield all spoke in favor of the ordinance. Councilwoman Becky Nace read a statement from Councilwoman Sandra McFadden-Weaver, who was in support of the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

041070
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 48, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 48-65, Failure to comply; authority to tow and store vehicles and 48-66, Special assessment of abatement costs, and enacting in lieu thereof new Sections 48-65, 48-66 of like number and subject matter and enacting a new Section 48-49, Storage of junk vehicles and salvage material.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
David Park, Deputy Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the ordinance would allow for the removal of junk vehicles and cars from salvage yards. This included locations owned by the City. Greg Williams, Mayor's Office, relayed information from Councilman Terry Riley, who was in support of the ordinance.
Ayes: 2 - Hermann, Glover
Nays: 0

041071
Authorizing acceptance of a $115,299.00 grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of Chronic Disease Control, for the purpose of promoting community policy and environmental changes as they relate to healthy lifestyle choices; reducing revenue in the amount of $149,936.00 in the General Fund; reducing an appropriation in the amount of $49,925.00 in the General Fund; and the sum of $40,000.00 previously appropriated being reserved as a match to the grant.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Staff from the Neighborhood and Community Services Department gave a presentation on the Healthy Initiative Project which has entered Phase III. The funding received during this fiscal year has been reduced which reflects 22 sites being lost. (A handout is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Councilwoman Deb Hermann asked to see real numbers. Statistics were find but she wanted to know what the bottom line was. She requested that the information be made available at a later date. Councilwoman Becky Nace suggested doing a similar presentation before the Silver Haired City Council.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

041073
(Sub.)
Amending Sections 54-1, 54-2, 54-31, and 54-33, Code of Ordinances, dealing with pawnbrokers by requiring the electronic transfer of required information from pawnbrokers to a third party database, approved by the chief of police; adding incarceration as a potential punishment; amending the definition of person of good moral character; removing a requirement that sureties be residents of Kansas City; and requiring daily computer entries be made of persons leaving or selling goods.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
John Rice and Paul Harlkey, Police Department, stated that changes in state law was the reason for the ordinance request. The ordinance would bring the City in line with State Statutes. After discussion on one phrase in the title, it was voted on to remove wording from the title and section 16 from the ordinance. The ordinance would be voted on with the wording and section removed. It was requested that staff from the Law Department of both the Police Department and City Hall, along with members of the Committee, meet to determine why the section is needed and revise it, if necessary.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Glover, Nash, Nace
Nays: 0

041075
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of City Development to execute an eighth contract amendment with the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation (HEDFC) in the amount of $3,695,126.00 for homeownership assistance; single and multi-family housing development; development assistance; and operating and loan management services from October 1, 2004 through November 30, 2004; and recognizing an emergency.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
This item was held one week. Stuart Bullington, Department of Housing talked about 1st time home buyers and Entitlement Home Funds. He stated that the ordinance extended a contract with HEDFC until 12/04. Councilwoman Deb Hermann stated that she was disturbed by the process. In August, 2004 an ordinance was requested and the current ordinance request still does not address all of the program projects. She also stated that project performance was poor. Councilman Troy Nash stated that the Budget Office was trying to find funds to apply to the projects in question. But one issue still unresolved is that of trying to clear up discrepancies. Councilwoman Becky Nace agreed that changes have to be made. Currently, the Department of Housing is not working the way it should. The City needs to look at the core and build from the inside out and put the best of what we have together. Councilman Jim Glover suggested looking at other departments to see what they are doing, look at their performance standards. Ken Bacchus, President and CEO of HEDFC, stated that no other construction contracts with the city had been stopped. All contracts except the one for HEDFC had been approved. Currently, they can make payments or meet obligations. The agency can't work with lenders with a 2 month provision. The contract needs to be extended through April 30, 2005. John Franklin, City Manager's Office, stated that the City Auditor had made specific recommendations concerning contracts with HEDFC and performance measures. The Law Department is looking at the contract with HEDFC to make sure that performance measures are clearly outlined. They are currently under contract but the City is making amendments to the contract. Mr. Franklin stated that a draft of a new contract was ready. Councilwoman Deb Hermann asked to have the ordinance held one week in order to have a contract at the next meeting.