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Last Published: 2/3/2009 11:08:25 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
 

081156
Repealing Ordinance No. 960349 pertaining to the establishment of a separate fund for gaming receipts; authorizing the recording of gaming revenues in the General Fund beginning May 1, 2009; and restating the intent of the Council with regard to the future use of gaming funds.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, testified that this ordinance dealt with the way revenues from gaming were being recorded. While the intent will remain the same, the revenues will be consolidated and placed in the general fund.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

081162
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to develop a short and long-term plan for expediting the issuing of citations for solid waste code and illegal dumping violations and increasing enforcement of these activities and to present the plan to the Council within 30 days of adoption of this resolution.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Councilwoman Hermann stated that this item had been discussed during Service First meetings held on Monday afternoons. Rich Noll, Assistant City Manager, stated that the City Manager's Office was working on developing plans for addressing the issue of illegal dumping. There should be a short term plan released to the City Council before the end of the year. The long term plan/ solutions were still being worked on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

081165
(Sub.)
Approving a $500,000.00 Amendment No. 4 with Session Law Firm for legal services in connection with City of Kansas City, Missouri v. Foley Company, et al..


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

081169
(Sub.)
Reducing an appropriation in the amount of $300,000.00 from the Contingent Appropriation to correct the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Finding No 4: Ineligible HOME Activity in the Rockford Hills project.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

081170
Appropriating the amount of $54,226.00 in the General Fund to roll forward unexpended grant amounts from the last fiscal year.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

081176
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to research and report back to the City Council on alternative approaches to reduce the City’s cost associated with the operation of a correctional facility and provide a recommended alternative(s) for the City Council’s consideration.


Councilmember Hermann Move to Refer to
Councilwoman Jolly appeared before the committee to request that this ordinance be moved to the Public Safety Committee. This ordinance was in essence duplicating earlier legislation that had been passed out of Public Safety on the same topic. Councilwoman Hermann stated that the resolution was just asking the City Manager to look at alternatives and make recommendations to the council on those alternatives. Councilwoman Jolly argued that any type of policy making decision legislation needed to go to the correct committee and in this case that would be the Public Safety Committee. Several people had come to testify against this resolution. However, Councilwoman Hermann made a motion to move the resolution to the Public Safety Committee and testimony could be taken at that time.
Seconded by Councilmember Marcason
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE"

081177
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Sixth Amendment to the 43rd and Main Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Sixth Amendment to the 43rd and Main Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"

081181
Stating the intent of the City Council to procure a new fuel management system for the City’s vehicle fleet; and declaring the City’s intent to reimburse itself for certain expenditures related to these projects.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

081187
(Sub.)
Establishing the Southtown Urban Life Development Bond Fund in the records of the City; estimating and appropriating $20,500,000.00 from the anticipated sale of bonds; authorizing the City Manager to execute certain documents and to expend $20,500,000.00 for the Southtown Urban Life Development Tax Increment Financing Plan; authorizing the Director of Finance to close out accounts at the end of the project; declaring the City's intent to reimburse itself for certain expenditures; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"
Jeff Yates, CFO for the City, explained that all conditions referred to in the cooperative agreement between the City and developer had been met. Staff was ready to proceed with the funding for the project. Bonds would be issued at a later date. According to the cooperative agreement between the City and Developer, funding would be advanced from the City prior to the issuance of bonds. Councilwoman Hermann wanted to see the signed cooperative agreement because that is not what the committee had voted on. Dave Franzee, Stinson Morrison Hecker and attorney for the developer also testified before the committee with regards to the cooperative agreement. Councilman Riley appeared before the committee to explain issues that had arisen during the course of the previous day. Testifying on behalf of the ordinance were: Patrick Atkins, resident of the target area and Kenneth Jones also a resident of the target area. This item was held for one week in order to receive and review all pertinent information regarding this ordinance.
Ayes: 2 - Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 2 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks

070949
(Sub.)
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 14 of the 1200 Main/South Loop Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

071172
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 1A of the 1200 Main/South Loop Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

071173
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 1D of the 1200 Main/South Loop Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

080719
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 1 of the Brywood Centre Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (12/10/2008)"

081026
(Sub.)
Estimating revenue in the amount of $125,000.00 in the General Fund and appropriating $125,000.00 in the General Fund to provide funding for the licensing and inspection of short term loan establishments and a small business initiative by the Economic Development Corporation; authorizing a $75,000.00 amendment to the annual contract with Economic Development Corporation.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Gary Majors, Regulated Industries, testified before the committee on this item. The ordinance allows for the increase in the fees that can be collected for the short term loan businesses. The licenses last year had already been issued prior to the election that approved the increase. With the issuance of new business licenses in 2009 the department hopes to capture over $135,000 in license fees. The department is hoping to be able to use a portion of the revenue on salaries for a couple of positions the department would like to see filled.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

081064
(Sub.)
Stating the intent of the City Council to acquire and implement new computer hardware and software for the upgrade of the City’s website and declaring the City’s intent to reimburse itself for certain expenditures related to this project.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Ivan Drinks, Inforamtion Technology Director, stated that the department had addressed all issues brought up during the previous meeting. He highlighted the solutions to issues that had previously been raised.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0
 
 Mayor Funkhouser will address the committee and issue an invitation to participate in an upcoming forum discussion. Mayor Funkhouser stated that he would be holding a economic initiative forum on December 22, 2008 and invited the members of the Finance Committee to some and take part in the session. The meeting is still in the planning stages but he would be sending information out the council in the near future to inform them of what he wanted to do. He just wanted them to be aware of this meeting and hoped that everyone could attend. 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 committee voted to go into closed session to discuss personnel issues.