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Last Published: 8/21/2012 11:17:15 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - JAN MARCASON, MICHAEL BROOKS, DICK DAVIS, JOHN SHARP, CINDY CIRCO
 

120013
Providing for an increase in the percentage of interest earnings which may be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Liberty Memorial and Memorial Museum from 45% to 90%.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE & ETHICS COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Tim Kristl, Liberty Memorial, talked about the maintenance issues that address the memorial. Legislation had been passed by the council that allowed the interest earning off of the endowment to be used for maintenance of the memorial. The amount had been changed from 45% to 90%. It was changed downward to 45% percent at a later date. The committee is asked to consider raising the percent upward to 90%. Challenges to the maintenance issues and daily operating expenses are causes that have to be addressed. Currently, the interest is the best alternative to addressing the problems the memorial faces. According to Mr. Kristl the memorial required some structural maintenance repairs that had to be paid out of the endowment. He also stated that there continued to be construction going on around the facility but it was open for business.
Ayes: 5 - Marcason, Brooks, Davis, Sharp, Circo
Nays: 0

120037
Authorizing and directing the issuance, sale and delivery of not to exceed $61,000,000.00 principal amount of Water Revenue Bonds, Series 2012A, of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, prescribing the form and details of such revenue bonds; authorizing certain actions and documents and prescribing other matters relating thereto.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE & ETHICS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Sean Hennessy, Water Services, explained that the ordinance would provide funds needed for the continuing upgrades to the city's waterworks systems. The ordinance would allow the City to issue the remainder of the water revenue bonds that were approved by the voters in 2005 for upgrades. Tammy Queen, City Treasurer, spoke on the process used in selling the bonds. Councilwoman Circo stated that people are seeing an increase in their water bills but the increase is what is paying for the upgrades to the system.
Ayes: 5 - Marcason, Brooks, Davis, Sharp, Circo
Nays: 0

120041
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim by 911 E. Walnut, LLC, Claim No. T1112-0695A.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE & ETHICS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This ordinance was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Marcason, Brooks, Sharp, Circo
Nays: 0

120044
(Sub.)
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $50,000.00; and appropriating it to Neighborhood and Community Services, Dangerous Buildings.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE & ETHICS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
David Park, Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the funds being sought by the department was in conjunction with the Police Department, in tearing down several dangerous buildings located within designated areas or "hot spots". There are currently 13 buildings and/or structures that have been identified for demolition. Councilwoman Marcason stated that she had met with Chief Forte and he had stated that if funding was not available for all 13 properties, then he asked to have funds to tear down 3 that were continuing to contribute to crime within the hot spot area. She also stated that the committee had an obligation to make sure the contingent fund would be available when needed. However, she agreed that some portion of the fund should be used as an emergency measure. Mr. Park stated that to demo 3 structures would cost approximately $8,000 a piece. Councilmembers, while not wanting to take such a large sum of money out of the contingency fund, were in agreement that a lesser amount should be allocated. The committee agreed to an amount of $50,000, to be used to demo the three properties and to have funds available in case the criminal activity associated with the three properties moved to another location within the hot spot area.
Ayes: 5 - Marcason, Brooks, Davis, Sharp, Circo
Nays: 0
 
 Consideration of Semi-Annual Docket items. The following ordinances were recommended for release: 100585, 110036, 110041, 110172
 
 1. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance, Governance & Ethics Committee issues. Pursuant to the following subsections in 610.021 of the Revised Statues of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: Legal matters, litigation or privileged communication with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; Real Estate, pursuant to subsection 2; Personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 & 13; Sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; Negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9. The committee voted 4-0 to go into closed session to discuss legal issues. The City Clerk's Office now has equipment for the hearing impaired for use with every meeting. To check out the equipment please see the secretary for each committee. Be prepared to leave your Driver's License or State issued Identification Card with the secretary and she will give you the equipment. Upon returning the equipment your license will be returned.