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Last Published: 8/14/2008 3:19:52 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN
Excused:1 - RUSS JOHNSON
 

080802
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Finance to execute agreements and releases in connection with the D.A. Holmes Project.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Heather Brown, Assistant City Attorney, stated that the ordinance is dealing with 2 employees who filed a complaint about not being paid the prevailing wages for work done on the redevelopment project for D. A. Holmes. After investigating, the Law Department determined that the 2 employees had indeed been paid less than the prevailing wage. The ordinance allows for the employees to be paid. The money would be coming for the developers account.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0

080803
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Jeffrey Robinson, et al. v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 0516-CV11454.


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

080314
(Sub.)
Authorizing a cooperative agreement for public improvements with HD Lee Building, LLC, in the amount of $500,000.00.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/20/2008)"
This item was held for 1 week.

080540
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Stating the intention of the Council to include in all new development plans and projects receiving economic incentives from the City and amendments thereto, a requirement that a portion of the plan or project area accessible by the general public be made available as a designated space for public initiatives; and requesting the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, Planned Industrial Expansion Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, and the City Manager to implement this policy.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
Testimony continued on this item. Alice Kitchen testified that she opposed any changes to the current presented legislation. Councilwoman Marcason asked that this item be held off the agenda until a later date. She was concerned that the issues were more widespread that originally thought of. She wanted to get all the entities that would be affected by the legislation together and discuss what could be done. She was not opposed to the voter registration section of the resolution. Another resolution dealing with voter registration was also being considered by the committee today.

080550
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Attorney to assist the Risk Management Committee with the development of proposed ordinance revisions or rules and regulations relating to seeking contribution from City officials, officers, employees and volunteers found to have committed discriminatory acts including retaliation.


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

080692
RESOLUTION - Encouraging all retail establishments and government offices to allow on site voter registration.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Resolution No. 080540 had similar content regarding voter registration. No previous testimony opposed the voter registration section of the original resolution. No further testimony was taken on this item.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0

080766
Amending Chapters 2, 18, 27, 39, 52, 63, 64, 66, 72 and 80, Code of Ordinances, by revising fees and establishing new fees.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
This ordinance would allow various departments within the city to raise fees for certain activities. According to Tom Coyle, Director of City Planning, there had not been a fee increase in 5 years. The increases are needed to cover costs and increase staffing. Don Booth, City Planning, did a power point presentation on what the impact of the fees were on city business. (A handout is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Dan Morgan, Building Association, spoke in support of the ordinance, provided there would be an improvement in delivery of city services. Phil Perry, Missouri Government Affairs, was in favor of an increase but not to the extent of that being requested in the proposed ordinance. Councilwoman Hermann stated that she would like to see representatives from the various entities working with city staff to come up with ideas for improvement in the licensing and permitting process.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

080771
Reducing appropriation and revenue estimates and in the General, Park Maintenance, Boulevard Maintenance, Motor Fuel Tax, Infrastructure and Maintenance, Neighborhood Tourist Development, Convention and Tourism, and Community Center Funds; and estimating revenue and appropriation in the General Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/20/2008)"
This item was held one week.
 
 Presentation of the Monthly Financial Reports for May and June, 2008. Mary Temple, City Controller, gave the financial report for the two months. According to her presentation there was little change in expeditures or growth within this period. Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that he would be before the council next week with additional information about the budget and what the city's finances look like. There will be an ARTS Report on Stormwater Fee Billing. Jim Mellon, Water Services Department, presented the status of recommendations from the City Auditor's Office. The department had 13 recommendations to work on. Currently most of the recommendations had been implemented or were in the process of being implemented. (A handout of the ARTS Report recommendations is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Gary White, City Auditor, explained why recommendations had been made for certain items in the report. He was satisfied with the progress being made on the recommendations. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Governance Assessment 2008. Gary White, City Auditor, talked about the upcoming audit report that he anticipated having to the council by November 1, 2008. Councilwoman Marcason suggested withholding funds for agencies that don't comply with the audit findings. 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 council voted to go into closed session to discuss Ordinance No. 080803.