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Last Published: 6/7/2017 11:26:48 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - JOLIE JUSTUS, JERMAINE REED, DAN FOWLER, KEVIN MCMANUS, TERESA LOAR
Excused:1 - QUINTON LUCAS
 

170389
Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Terminal Developer, LLC and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. for a terminal modernization project at the Kansas City International Airport; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date pursuant to Section 503(a)(3)(D) of the Charter.


JOINT AIRPORT AND TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/8/2017)"
Councilman Reed informed those in attendance of the flow of testimony for the evening. He explained that testimony would be limited to 2 minutes each as there are a lot of people who would like to testify. He explained that the Joint Committee would like to give all those who would like to speak the opportunity to do so. He requested that for those that have questions, to ask said questions and the answers will be provided from staff after public testimony has been completed. Councilwoman Justus provided a brief update of recent events regarding the airport. She explained that the City is in the middle of a new RFP/Q. Responses to the RFP/Q are due by 4pm on June 20, 2017. She noted that the City is no longer discussing a first right of refusal with Burns & McDonnell. There was a plethora of public testimony both in favor of and in opposition to the proposed new single terminal. Pat Klein, Aviation Department, addressed the committee. He first addressed the testimony regarding the number of gates should a single terminal be built. He testified that currently there are approximately 30 gates. The new single terminal design would allow for up to 42 gates. With regard to the question about when scale drawings of the Burns & McDonnell proposal would be available, Mr. Klein testified that they are anticipated to be available before the election, but that he was unsure of whether or not they would be available before August. There was a question about whether or not the new single terminal would be ‘green’? Mr. Klein responded by informing everyone that the single terminal would be built to LEAD Gold standards. One citizen requested 3 reasons be given as to why we need a new airport. Mr. Klein responded with the following: (1) bad geometry, (2) the hold rooms are too small and cant be expanded, (3) congested roadways, and (4) the baggage claim area is not secure or adjustable (in case of an equipment malfunction, for example). Ron Coker, Burns & McDonnell, addressed the public as well. His testimony was centered around ensuring the public that the Burns & McDonnell proposal would cost the citizens nothing. C ouncilman Fowler noted that several citizens are asking ‘why not remodel?’. The answer to that question is that remodeling was indeed discussed in the beginnings of this process. However, a remodel did not meet the needs of the City or the airlines, and those remodeling options that did meet those needs were too costly. Thus, the conclusion that a new single terminal is the best option. Councilman McManus reminded the citizens that the next Joint Committee meeting would be on Thursday, June 8th at 9:15am in the 26th Floor Council Chamber of City Hall immediately following the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee meeting. Councilwoman Justus encouraged everyone to go to the City Clerk’s website and review the presentation given by the airlines in April, 2016. Information can also be collected by visiting kcmo.gov/airport. Councilman Reed concluded the Council comments by expressing the necessity for due diligence. He also reminded the citizens that there will be a number of public forums in the future for the citizens to express their thoughts and concerns on this issue. This will be a topic on the agenda at the next 3rd District Community meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, June 12th at the Gregg Klice Community Center from 6-7:30pm.
Ayes: 5 - Justus, Reed, Fowler, McManus, Loar
Nays: 0
 
 1. There may be a general discussion regarding current Airport Committee issues and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issues including the Terminal Modernization Project at KCI.
 
 2. 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; (5) records which are protected from disclosure by law, pursuant to subsection 14; (6) operational guidelines, policies and specific response plans for use in responding to or preventing any critical incident which is or appears to be terrorist in nature and which has the potential to endanger individual or public safety or health, pursuant to subsection 18. Disclosure of this information would impair the public governmental body's ability to protect the security or safety of persons or real property so that the public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the records; and/or (7) existing or proposed security systems and structural plans of real property owned or leased by the City, pursuant to subsection 19. Disclosure of these information would impair the public governmental body's ability to protect the security or safety of persons or real property, and shall in the same writing state that the public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the records.
 
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