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Last Published: 8/13/2010 11:05:48 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, MARK FUNKHOUSER, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
Excused:1 - SHARON SANDERS BROOKS
 

100606
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 2-1253, “Creditable Service”, 2-1255, “Membership and organization of board of trustees”, 2-1265, “Pension benefits generally”, 2-1267, “Disability retirement”, and 2-1268, “Death benefits generally”, and enacting in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/18/2010)"
This item was held to the next meeting of the committee.

100607
Amending Article IX, Division 2, entitled "Retirement System" of Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 2-1176 through and including 2-1202, and enacting in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter; reaffirmation of supplemental pension benefit and enhanced contributions therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/18/2010)"
This item was held to the next meeting of the committee.

100614
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim by Christian Malloy, Claim No. T1011-0245.


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

100618
Approving a $4,934,449.80 settlement agreement with T-Mobile, authorizing payment to the settlement administrator of $260,000.00; authorizing payment of attorneys’ fees of $289,815.89; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bill Geary, Assistant City Attorney, explained that this was next to the last settlement with the telecommunications entities and the City of Kansas City, MO. The only one left will be Cricket, which should be coming before the committee in about a month. The ordinance pays fees attributed to the administrative and legal work done by outside agencies with regards to the settlement.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100628
(Sub.)
Reducing appropriations in the Capital Improvements Fund in the amount of $6,453,905.00; appropriating $19,759,260.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Capital Improvements Fund to various Neighborhood Conservation Accounts in the Capital Improvements Fund; appropriating $28,310,533.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Capital Improvements Fund to various City-Wide Accounts in the Capital Improvements Fund; transferring $750,000.00 from the Capital Improvements Fund to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund; designating requisitioning authority; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Pat Klein, Budget Office and PIAC Manager, explained that this ordinance was the result of a directive from the council to find funds for street maintenance. The Budget Office did a hard sweep of departments throughout the City and came up with this list of projects that could be funded. They looked at appropriations that had been sitting on the books for years and where the projects had either been shelved or could be refunded at a later date. Mr. Klein reminded the committee that any future sweeps would not yield the amount of funds that this hard sweep produced. The office intended to do a sweep during the next fiscal year as well. Councilman Sharp had a couple of name changes that needed to be made to the ordinance. Mr. Klein stated to the committee what the changes were that had been made to the ordinance. Aside from a few minor changes, the list of projects was welcomed by the committee. Zack Walker, Budget Office, was on hand to help answer questions from the committee.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100629
Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. for the participation by the City in a prescription discount card program offering discounts to Kansas City residents on prescription drugs, and committing all proceeds of this program received by the City to the work of the healthcare system trust.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/18/2010)"
This item was held on the agenda until the next committee meeting.

100559
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $1,000,000.00; and appropriating $1,000,000.00 in the General Fund for building demolition.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda. Testimony for this item was taken at the last meeting. Councilwoman Hermann expressed concerns about taking money out of the contingency fund to pay for various projects with over 8 months left to go in the fiscal year.

100582
Appropriating $300,000.00 from the General Fund to provide for the disbursement of certain surplus funds from the 43rd and Main TIF Plan for demolition projects within the Union Hill TIF Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Dan Bagunu, Finance Department; David Park, Acting Director of Neighborhood and Community Services and David Frye, Union Hill TIF, testified before the committee about the need to demolish certain buildings within the district. According to Mr. Bagunu, money from the 2009-10 fiscal year that had been allocated to TIF projects had been rolled forward to the 2010-11 budget. However, the funds had been added to the general fund and didn't spell out the allocation in the budget. The funds would be used to demolish 7 apartment buildings that had been a source of rampant crime activity for the area. The plan calls for single family housing units to replace the buildings. Because the lots are so narrow there would only be about 10 units built. Mayor Funkhouser had several questions about the funds in questions and future bonds to be issued on the project. Public testimony was taken on this item. Kathy Burke, President of the Union Hill Neighborhood Association, testified in favor of the ordinance. Leonard Graham, Union Hill resident, testified in favor of the ordinance. Allison Berman, Union Hill resident, testified in favor of the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0
 
 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 to go into closed session to discuss Ordinance No. 100614. The vote was 4-0 to go into closed session.