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Last Published: 1/18/2008 11:11:26 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
 

080042
Authorizing the Director of Finance to proceed with additional collection efforts for delinquent special assessments under an agreement with Linebarger Goggan Blair Sampson, LLP; estimating revenue from collection efforts and increasing the appropriation in various funds of the City by $960,600.00; appropriating $240,150.00 from various funds of the City for payment of collection fees to the Linebarger Goggan Blair Sampson, LLP Collection Firm for collection of delinquent special assessments; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bob Ensminger, Finance Department, stated that the ordinance would allow the department in enter into an agreement for the collection of delinquent special assessments. Approximately 25% of the potential collections has been allocated as collection fees for the company. The funds would come from several funds that had assessments that needed to be collected. This same company has been used my Municipal Court to collect delinquent court fees. Pam Jackson, Finance Department, was also on hand to answer any questions from the committee.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080050
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim for a workers' compensation benefit filed by Michael Taylor for injuries resulting from an accident on September 17, 2006, while employed by the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
This item was discussed in closed session, then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080052
(Sub.)
Appropriating the amount of $317,000.00 in the Fire Sales Tax Fund and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that the money had been placed in an account until needed. The funds would pay for four brush buggies for vehicle replacement within the fire department. Chief Dyer explained to the committee that brush buggies were used in place of the regular equipment in fighting brush fires. They are capable of maneuvering off road and traveling through brush and water. The four vehicles would be divided equally for use both north and south of the river. They would not be assigned to any particular fire station but would be available for use wherever needed.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080053
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $1,300,000.00; appropriating $1,300,000.00 to the Police Department for fuel and electric utility costs.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that this would be the last of the funds in the Contingency Appropriations fund. Money is to be allocated to the police department for fuel and utilities at the new police academy. This appropriation should take the department through the rest of the fiscal year. Any future contingency appropriations would have to come out of the general fund for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

071045
Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement with the Performing Arts Community Improvement District, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and PAC Holding, Inc. in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the design and construction of a garage and related facilities for the Performing Arts Center; appropriating $6,000,000.00 from various accounts; and directing the City Manager to complete a Public Financing Plan in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding the remaining Garage Improvements.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/23/2008)"
This item was held one week.

071342
RESOLUTION - Requesting information from the Tax Increment Financing Commission regarding the 45th Street Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/30/2008)"
This item was held two weeks.

071344
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the First Amendment to the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan; approving the First Amendment to the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Missy Wilson, EDC, spoke before the committee. She reminded the committee that the presentation regarding the ordinance and been given the week before and asked if the committee had any questions regarding the materials that had been passed out during the meeting the week prior. Councilwoman Hermann stated that she had watched part of the proceedings from the week before and agreed with her colleagues that any materials that related to the proposed legislation being presented to the committee should be made available at least one week prior to the presentation to the committee members. She also stated that the developers should not be expecting legislation to be passed out of committee without it being reviewed by the committee. They should come to the meeting with the expectation of the legislation being held at least a week.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

071394
Amending Chapter 2, Article VI, Code of Ordinances, by enacting in its place a new division entitled “Kansas City Museum Advisory Board” to formally establish an official advisory board for the Kansas City Museum.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/30/2008)"
This item was held two weeks.
 
 Consideration of Semi-Annual Docket. All items on the Finance and Audit Semi-Annual Docket were recommended for release. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present their performance audit "City Manager Needs to Strengthen RFP Contracting Practices." Gary White, City Auditor, made the presentation to the committee. After an extensive presentation had been made to the committee, it was decided to continue the presentation next week. Committee members requested the presence of the City Manager at the next meeting so that questions regarding his responses to the audit recommendations could be discussed in more detail. A copy of the audit report is on file in the Office of the City Clerk. City Manager's followup report on Resolution #070798. This item was held off docket since the budget process would be starting and this information would be reflected during the budget process talks. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. The Finance and Audit Committee may hold a Closed Session pursuant to Sections 610.021 (1), (2), (3) or (12) RSMO to discuss legal matters, real estate, personnel or sealed proposals. The committee voted to go into closed session as 8:22 a.m. - Committee reconvened at 8:25 a.m.