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Last Published: 11/23/2010 12:46:47 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, MARK FUNKHOUSER, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 

100632
Amending Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 100192 by repealing Section 1 and enacting in its place a new Section 1, levying property taxes for the general fund, health fund, and museum fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda.

100639
Approving a $214,880.41 settlement agreement with Cricket Communications Inc. authorizing payment of attorneys’ fees of $13,322.59; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bill Geary, Assistant City Attorney, stated that this was the last settlement from the lawsuit with the telecommunications industry. Because the company was so new to the area, the amount from the settlement was a great deal smaller than that from the preceding companies.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100641
(Sub.)
Amending Article VIII of the Administrative Code of Kansas City, Missouri relating to the Classification and Compensation Plan, amends Sections 2-1076 and 2-1117 and adopting in lieu thereof new sections of like number which creates and deletes one job classification, and clarifies language regarding rights of unclassified employees formerly classified.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/25/2010)"

100650
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on November 2, 2010, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to require redistricting of Council districts the year of the release of official decennial census figures; directing the City Attorney to take the steps necessary to seek permission from the courts to file a late notice of the election called by this ordinance; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election immediately upon court approval; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Councilman Sharp requested time to make a presentation on the subject of redistricting before the committee. The charter requires that the city do redistricting before the certified census information is made available to the city. The charter also requires redistricting approximately every 20 years as well. The purpose of the ordinance would be to eliminate the 20 year requirement and be in line with the surrounding communities with the redistricting requirements at the end of each census. Councilwoman Curls spoke in favor of passage of this ordinance. Councilman Riley also spoke in support of the passage of the ordinance. Public tesitmony was taken on this item. Speaking in favor of passage were: Steven Glorioso. He also suggested having outside sources work on the redistricting. He also stated that councilmembers should not be working towards redistricting their own areas. Gwen Grant Clinton Adams, Jr. Margaret May Mary Ann Grayson, KCMO NAACP Branch Written testimony was submitted by Valencia Broadus, who was in favor of passage of the ordinance. Carol Edwards opposed the ordinance because the council has not had an opportunity to respond to what the people want. Councilwoman Brooks asked about training for the individuals who would be responsible for drafting redistricting criteria. She raised issues that needed to be addressed as they relate to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. She wanted to know if the Department of Justice had been contacted to sit in on the meetings to make sure that the Act was not being violated. She offered the correct name and contact information to Tom Coyle and Troy Schulte. Mayor Funkhouser stated that he would be voting against the ordinance because it is a violation of the charter as it stands. Councilwoman Hermann had reservations on the ordinance but would support what the people seem to be saying they wanted.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 1 - Funkhouser

100606
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 2-1253, “Creditable Service”, 2-1255, “Membership and organization of board of trustees”, 2-1265, “Pension benefits generally”, 2-1267, “Disability retirement”, and 2-1268, “Death benefits generally”, and enacting in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/1/2010)"

100607
(Sub.)
Amending Article IX, Division 2, entitled "Retirement System" of Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 2-1171, 2-1172, 2-1176, 2-1186, 2-1189 and 2-1193, and enacting in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter; enacting a new Section 2-1201, “Same-City funding”; and reaffirmation of supplemental pension benefit and enhanced contributions therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/1/2010)"

100629
Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. for the participation by the City in a prescription discount card program offering discounts to Kansas City residents on prescription drugs, and committing all proceeds of this program received by the City to the work of the healthcare system trust.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Josh Garry, Garry and Associates, and Tracy Johnson, Well Dine, made a presentation before the committee with regards to providing residents of Kansas City with a prescription discount card program that would help reduce prescription costs.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0
 
 The Monthly Financial Report for June, 2010 will be presented. Gary Morris, Finance Department, made the presentation before the committee. Overall, across the board revenues were down slightly while expenditures were up. Otherwise there was nothing new to report. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. 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; (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; and/or (5) negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9.