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Last Published: 6/26/2006 9:47:50 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CHARLES EDDY

Transferring project appropriations in the Capital Improvements Fund, in the 2003F GO Bond Fund, and in the 2004F GO Bond Fund; appropriating a total of $178,854.26 for Union Hill Improvements; and designating requisitioning authority.

Claude Page, explained that the ordinance would allow the transfer of funds from the PIAC funds to the City Planning and Development Department for construction and Cooperative agrement with the developer. There was no public testimony and no further discussion from the committee. There was a recommendation to advance to the full council and was seconded.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on November 7, 2006, a question authorizing the City Council to establish by ordinance a program to regulate residential rental businesses; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election not later than August 29, 2006.

David Park, Neighborhood and Community Services, explained that the ordinance recommends special election ballot language that if passed would assist codes administration with enforcing penalties for violations, registration of property owners or their agents, standardize lease agreements, stabilize neighborhoods, improving building safety and conditions, orders to vacate, lawsuits, mediation and a host of other issues that have been difficult if not impossible to rectify in the past. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver was present and testified regarding the process and gave recommendations made by the taskforce. She added that although there was more work to be done she believed that the taskforce had come to a consensus with all the parties involved. Several members of the committee commended the councilwoman and the taskforce on their hard work. There is a handout on file in the City Clerk's Office that outlines the recommendations. Dr. Eddy suggested that the item be reviewed over the course of several weeks to get adequate feedback. Councilmen Riley and Fairfield asked questions about noncompliance penalties and enforcement. Mr. Park stated that he believed that this measure would give the penalties and enforcement more teeth. There was discussion regarding the ordinances that are already on the books regarding code enforcement and how this would be different. There was brief discussion on Fee vs Fine and the issues connected to them. The committee requested that Mr. Park provide them with the number of properties effected by the 30 yrs rule and what number of properties an owner would rent that would make it a business. They also requested that the issues of property owner incentives and revenue from fines and fee be better defined and report back to the committee. There was public testimony: Scott Weiborough,Citizen, Supports the ordinance. Shirley Dobbins, Ruskin Height East resident, supports code enforcement and is concerned about absentee owners and their agents. Robert Stout, Eastside community, supports ordinance and hope that attention will be in the "Washington Wheatley Area". Sam Albert, Taskforce member, stated that the ordinance would not just concentrate on penalty and punishments but would assist owners too, with standardized leases, property maintenance etc. Steve Glorioso, Mayor's Office, expressed the Mayor's support of the ordinance and her compliments to Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver and the Taskforce. Delitia Dean, Taskforce, and an employee of a large real estate management company stated that she support the ordinance and thinks that it will go a long way toward stabilizing the industry and making Kansas City a safer and nicer place to live. Dr. Eddy suggested that the issue be tabled and the ordinance be placed back on the agenda for more discussion next week.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0
 The Finance and Audit committee may hold closed sessions pursuant to the Sections RSMO 610.021 (1), (2), and (3) respectively to discuss legal, real estate or personnel matters. There was no Closed Session.