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Last Published: 11/23/2010 12:59:00 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:3 - DEB HERMANN, MARK FUNKHOUSER, JOHN SHARP
Out:1 - SHARON SANDERS BROOKS
Excused:1 - BETH GOTTSTEIN
 

100785
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Rebecca Hanson v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 1016-CV05940.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0

100795
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $570,095.00; appropriating it to the Storm Debris Cleanup account in the General Fund to cover the cost of storm damage resulting from the June and July, 2010 flash floods and storms; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Jenny Jones, Budget Office, explained that this ordinance would pay the City's portion of cleanup costs associated with the storm that created such devastation in the southern part of the city during June and July. Forest Decker, Parks and Recreation and Greg Rokos, Public Works, were on hand to answer any questions about the costs. Council members expressed their appreciation for the quick responses and hard work by employees of both departments. Councilwoman Hermann asked if KCP&L was taking care of their part of the cleanup. If tree limbs cut down by KCP&L were being left at the curb for the city to pick up then they should be getting billed for that service. it is the responsibility of KCP&L and not the City to remove the limbs and branches that KCP&L cuts down around their wires.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0

100801
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Authorizing the City Manager to solicit requests for information for the purpose of examining the feasibility and benefits of a long-term service agreement for the management of various assets of the City of Kansas City.


TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED AS A SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Troy Schulte, Acting City Manager, stated that this resolution would allow the City to look at options regarding the use of city assets to create more revenue for the city. Basically, the city would be outsourcing some of the functions done in house starting with a look at the Water Services Department. The resolution instructs the City Manager to gather information from parties interested in doing business with the city through privatization. Mr. Schulte stated that staff would look at various assets belonging to the city and compile a list of assets they think could be bid out with a savings to the city. Councilman Sharp was against the resolution stating that it hadn't worked in the past and with qualified staff things could be handled more efficiently. Mayor Funkhouser and Councilwoman Hermann were in support of the resolution by allowing the City Manager a chance to explore all options available to the city. In public testimony, David Stokes, Show Me Institute, spoke in favor of the resolution. Robert Patrick, President of Local 500, was opposed to the resolution. He also suggested that the city hire a permanent Water Services Director to handle the problems in that department instead of trying to privatize it. Mr. Shulte answered that the City had done a national search for a director but had not been satisfied with the qualifications of the respondents.
Ayes: 2 - Hermann, Funkhouser
Nays: 1 - Sharp

100804
Directing the City Manager to prepare a cost statement regarding the supplemental emergency benefit set out in Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 100607, to make available this cost statement for public information for 45 days, and to report back to the City Council after 45 days any public comments concerning the cost statement.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda until additional financial information could be obtained.

100607
(Sub.)
Amending Article IX, Division 2, entitled "Retirement System" of Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 2-1171, 2-1172, 2-1176, 2-1186, 2-1189 and 2-1193, and enacting in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter; enacting a new Section 2-1201, “Same-City funding”; and reaffirmation of supplemental pension benefit and enhanced contributions therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda until more information could be collected. Councilwoman Hermann asked for a forecast of the financial impact this ordinance would have on the upcoming fiscal year budget and also on future year budgets. She also wanted to know what the revenue source(s) would be in order to pay these benefits.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the Performance Audit: Pension Payment Controls. Gary White, City Auditor, presented the finding and recommendations regarding the city's various pension systems. The audit found that overall, the city has safeguards in place to minimize any fraudulent activity with the systems. Recommendations based on the findings had been presented to the department and the City Manager. Gary O'Bannon, Director of Human Resources, stated that all recommendations had been reviewed and agreed with by the department. All recommendations have been implemented. Councilwoman Hermann asked that this audit by closed. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. 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; and/or (5) negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9. The committee voted 3-0 to go into closed session to discuss a legal matter.