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Last Published: 11/1/2010 10:51:13 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CATHY JOLLY
Present:2 - JOHN SHARP, MELBA CURLS
Excused:2 - CINDY CIRCO, RUSS JOHNSON
 

100746
Authorizing acceptance of a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City in the amount of $544,120.00 for Municipal Drug Court purposes; estimating revenue and appropriating the sum of $250,170.00 to the Health Care Foundation Grant account; and designating requisitioning authority.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Judge Locassio, Municipal Court, explained that the grant would allow supervision for drug court defendants. Through the court services the individuals get an evaluation to determine wither they have a drug or mental health issue or both. Councilman ford was present and testified that he supports the ordinance and was happy to bring it to the attention of the committee. The program come into affect in 2002 and has been growing and changing since. He believes that it is having a positive impact on the community. The increase is accurrences are due inpart to the economy and influx of persons that may never have been in the system before. The ordinance will allow the court to place the defendants in the right program and get the help that they need. Councilwoman Jolly asked if the new drug "K2" was having an impact on the program. The Judge stated that the drug is having some impact but it is expensive to test for. He and others advise defendants that it just better to be honesty about whatever drug they maybe using. He added that there isn't a law against having an addiction but there is one for not telling the true in court. He said they need to admit that they have a drug problem and they will get help if they are willing to accept it. Stephanie Boyer, was also present and testified regarding the case management piece of the program. Stated that the program is continuing being tweaked so service the city, citizens and the defendants better.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100753
Authorizing the Administrator of the Municipal Court to enter into a contract with Legal Aid of Western Missouri in the amount of $883,732.00 to provide legal representation to indigent residents of Kansas City, Missouri; and increasing appropriations in the amount of $47,600.00.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
see also ordinance 100753.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100754
Authorizing the Administrator of the Municipal Court to enter into a contract with Legal Aid of Western Missouri in the amount of $47,600.00 to provide legal representation to indigent defendants with mental health problems through the Mental Health Court; and appropriating funds for the same amount.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Judge Locassio and Greg Lombradi Legal Aid of Western Missouri both testified that the ordinance would allow for an additional attorney to assist mentally ill defendants in order to reduce the repeat offenses of people with mental illness through treatment and case management. The program is an 11 month program. Councilman Ford supports and sponsored the ordinance. He believes that it is important for the city to assist its mentally ill residents because in the long run it will make Kansas City a better City. There is currently no follow up procedures but they are currently working on that piece of the program. Councilman Sharp asked staff about the funding amounts. Mr. Lombradi explained that the funding would be for a new attorney as well as the current mental health attorney. There isn't a increase in salary just one additional staff attorney. He said that the current attorney is handling 20 are more cases at a time. While they are good 20 cases is to much and it is beginning to take a toll. He said that they would like to prevent losing staff due to being over worked and maintain good legal representation for the defendants.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100763
Accepting and approving a three-year $92,640.00 contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that provides funding for sanitation inspections for child care facilities; increasing revenue and appropriation in the amount of $24,400.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; and authorizing the Director to expend $30,880.00 in accordance with the contract.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Dave Park, NCS, explained that a small portion of the ordinance had changed to reflect wording that would indicate that neighborhoods groups be consulted and engaged when possible for funding from this source. the change is an attempt to engage neighborhood groups, encourage partnerships and get more variety and more successful events and activities that promote Kansas City in the most positive way. there was discussion regarding the current language and the substitute was approved.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

100617
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-934, Activity Criteria, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
David Park, NCS, explained that the ordinance would allow a slight change in the language to include a cause that suggest that neighborhood organizations be included in the process for events and activities that would happen in their neighborhoods. There was continued discussion regarding the correct wording and the ordinance was substituted.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0
 
 1) There may be discussion of cooperation between Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and Department of Transportation and City of Kansas City, Missouri.
 
 Lora McDonald and Jackie Dunn, Second Chance Center, explained the program that helps offenders work thru probation and parole. Those working thru this program have a lower degree of repeat offenses. The program includes help with offenders that have never worked or have spotty job history. The job readiness and reentry help and other services that are helpful in relenting jobs. The program can serve 80 intense cases. Councilman Sharp added that there have been an ordinance that would allow offender 4 yearrs out to get liquor licenses which help with recovery
 
 2) There will be a grant update from the Crime Commission "Second Chance" and "Metro Community Service Programs".
 
 There may be general discussion (s) on current Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committe 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.