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Last Published: 6/30/2010 9:16:11 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CATHY JOLLY
Present:3 - JOHN SHARP, MELBA CURLS, RUSS JOHNSON
Excused:1 - CINDY CIRCO
 

100484
Accepting and appropriating an $89,000.00 contribution for the Summer Youth Employment Program and designating requisitioning authority.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Thaila Cherry, City Manager's Office, explained the purpose of this ordinance. This ordinance is in relation to the Bright Future Employment Program. There are multiple funding mechanisms this year to ensure that young people have employment opportunities that are meaningful within city departments as well as within the not-for-profit sector. There are 220 summer interns and part of this funding mechanism listed in this ordinance is in relation to the Health Care Foundation administrative alliances that relate to her office; for a grant and for another portion that the private sector donated. There were no questions from the committee. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 4 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls, Johnson
Nays: 0

100495
(Sub.)
Authorizing acceptance of a $244,525.00 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City; estimating revenue in the amount of $244,525.00 and appropriating it to the Active Living KC account in the Capital Improvements Fund; and designating requisitioning authority.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Deb Ridgway, Public Works Department, stated that this is a grant that was submitted in partnership with several city departments: Health Department, Office of Civic and Community Engagement and City Planning and Development. The funding will establish a pilot Active Living Safe Routes Program in the Hickman Mills School District working with the eight elementary schools. There will be concentrated activity and intervention, encouraging kids to bike and walk to school. The City is partnering with the Hickman Mills School District, LINC and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to help with enforcement and education. Ms. Ridgway gave the committee detailed information on the National Safe Routes Program. Ms. Ridgway answered questions from the committee on how the grant funds will be spent. None of the funds will be used for capital improvements. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100498
RESOLUTION - Supporting an application to the U.S. Department of Justice for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION"
Deletta Dean, Neighborhood and Community Services, explained the purpose of this resolution. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department intends to submit an application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). It will be used for crime prevention activities. The grant must be submitted jointly by Kansas City, Jackson County, Independence, Blue Springs, Raytown, Grandview and Lee's Summit. Kansas City will receive $510,000 of the grant allocation. Ms. Dean was asked to give a report to the committee after the allocation is granted on how the money is being spent. Ms. Dean answered questions from the committee regarding the application process. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100346
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 18, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Article III, Section 18-57, Adoption of International Residential Code (2006); amendments, and enacting in lieu thereof a new article and section of like number and subject matter, to establish standards to make dwelling units resistant to unlawful entry.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Frank Frenzen, City Planning and Development, explained the changes to the building code for new homes. Councilman John Sharp and Councilwoman Cathy Jolly discussed including the new requirements to code affecting apartment buildings and condominiums. Galen Beaufort, Law, answered questions from the committee regarding home owners, homes associations and neighborhood associations options to make exceptions to the building code and the possibility of imposing security requirements for existing residences. Steven Cowen, Home Builders Association of Kansas City, testified in support of this ordinance stating that this ordinance is a good first step in making homes more secure in the city. George Schluter, a home builder, testified in support of this ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls, Johnson
Nays: 0
 
 There may be general discussion(s) on current Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee issues. Summer Crime Prevention Tips & Success/Updates of summer entertainment locations will be presented by the Kansas City Police Department. Deputy Chief Cy Ritter introduced the speakers to the committee. Major Rodney Lewis, KCPD, discussed the security for the Power and Light District, Sprint Center, Westport area, Country Club Plaza, Swope Park area, Sports Stadium Complex, Worlds of Fun, Tiffany Springs Water Park, and Zona Rosa. Sgt. Jim Shiver, KCPD, discussed neighborhood crime prevention and the need for residents to check on their neighbors, how to deter auto thefts and breakins, and to use caution posting vacation information on automatic email replies and social networks. Crime prevention information can be found on the Kansas City Police Department website at www.kcpd.org. 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.