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Last Published: 8/15/2008 11:15:22 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
Excused:1 - JAN MARCASON
 

080613
Approving certain amendments in connection with The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City Downtown Redevelopment District revenue bonds; approving and authorizing certain documents and actions relating to the amendments; and declaring an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Randy Landes, City Treasurer, testified before the committee about changes to two agreements regarding interest rates and bond insurers. The bonds had been for the KC Live Project. He talked about rate changes for some insurers of bonds and what the potential impact could be on city projects. A handout is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080614
(Sub.)
Reducing the contingent appropriation in the amount of $450,000.00; appropriating $450,000.00 from the contingent appropriation for a contract amendment with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (“EDC”); authorizing a $450,000.00 contract amendment with the EDC; and directing the City Manager to identify $450,000.00 in other funds to replenish the contingent appropriation; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Councilwoman Hermann gave a brief background on why there was a need for this ordinance. The annual budget had provided funds for EDC. The line item was eliminated. The ordinance helps to restore some of the funding necessary to help the EDC maintain its day to day operation and continue to provide the economic services to the City of Kansas City, Mo. Claude Page, City Development and Gloria Wood, EDC, were on hand to answer questions. The money would be coming out of the contingency fund.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

990264
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project Area 8 of the KCI Corridor Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therein.


PLANNING, ZONING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
This item is a companion to Ordinance Nos. 990265 and 990266. Councilman Russ Johnson stated that there was now new retail opening in the area of the I-29 interchange. Kellee Wood, EDC, did a power point presentation where she gave an update on the project. She stated that the ordinances were activating three projects of the plan and bonds were to be issued in August for the projects. Councilman Johnson stated that the project had allowed for more road improvements that originally thought. TIF had put together an interchange project with creative work that had reduced the price tag for the interchange and found a way to pay for the interchange without TIF monies. The state is picking up a large amount of the tab for the road improvements. School districts will get all the revenues off the property tax, nothing was diverted.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

990265
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project Area 9 of the KCI Corridor Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therein.


PLANNING, ZONING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
This is a companion ordinance to No. 990264. Testimony was taken on that number.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

990266
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project Area 10 of the KCI Corridor Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therein.


PLANNING, ZONING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
This is a companion ordinance to No. 990264. Testimony was taken on that number.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
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 (6/25/2008)"
This item was held for one 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 ON AGENDA (6/25/2008)"
This item was held for one week. Testimony was continued on this item. Charles Mountain testified against this ordinance. He was concerned with the possibility of voter registration fraud and considered that the committee was being anti-business to endorse this type of ordinance. The government needed to let businesses run themselves and not to the dictates of the city council. He was in favor of citizen's having the right to voice their concerns but felt that initiatives were going against what the citizens of the city had voted for.
 
 Presentation of the ARTS report regarding Police Computer-Aided Dispatch Data Reliability. Thomas Gee, Internal Audit Section, KCPD, presented the ARTS report on the dispatch data. Cy Ridder, Police Department, was also on hand to answer questions about the ARTS Report. Gary White, City Auditor, stated that arrival time should be monitored. Presentation of the Scope Statement regarding the Purchasing Card Program. Doug Jones, City Auditor's Office, came before the committee to talk about the scope statement for the Purchasing Card Program. He explained the purpose of the program and stated that their office would be presenting an completed audit to the council some time in August, 2008. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Councilwoman Gottstein would like to propose a work session item (Swoops) for a future period. Councilwoman Brooks stated that Roy Greenway had held his summit and she would like for him present the information from the summit to the committee. 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.