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Last Published: 11/23/2010 12:48:48 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
 

100631
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-1020, Conflict of interest annual report, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Vickie Thompson, City Clerk and Sarah Baxter, Assistant City Attorney, made the presentation before the committee. Ms. Thompson stated that there had been two additional boards/commissions added to the list since the last update. Councilman Sharp asked if the State of Missouri had changed the requirement for submission of the Conflict of Interest Form. Ms. Baxter stated that the form was required to be submitted every two years but the City prefers to submit the forms annually so a deadline wouldn't be missed. Councilman Sharp asked that staff look into whether certain boards/commissions were still active and report back to him with that information.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0

100690
Approving a $110,000.00 contract amendment with the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City to support collections, educational programs, research services and special projects that facilitate both scholarly inquiry and public understanding of African American history.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Mark Thoma-Perry, Acting Budget Officer, stated that this ordinance fulfills an obligation that the City made to the Black Archives a few years back concerning operational and educational programs at their new facility. Mr. Fields, Black Archives, thanked the committee for their support. He talked briefly of activities and programs at the Black Archives.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0

100692
(Sub.)
Establishing the 2011 GO Bond Fund; estimating and appropriating $20,213,500.00 from the anticipated sale of general obligation bonds; designating requisitioning authority; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Pat Klein and Zack Walker, Budget Office, talked about the ordinance being presented for consideration. The ordinance is estimating revenues for over $20 million from the sales of bonds that had previously been approved by voters. This was part of a $66 million dollar GO Bond ballot issued passed by the voters for public improvements. The funds would be used for public improvement projects in various council districts.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0

100641
(Sub.)
Amending Article VIII of the Administrative Code of Kansas City, Missouri relating to the Classification and Compensation Plan, amends Sections 2-1076 and 2-1117 and adopting in lieu thereof new sections of like number which creates and deletes one job classification, and clarifies language regarding rights of unclassified employees formerly classified.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Gary O'Bannon, Director of Human Resources, explained that the Human Resources Department and the Finance Department had been working together to create a management reconstruction plan. The first phase of the plan creates a new job classification and deletes another within the Finance Controller's Office. The ordinance also gives the City Manager the authority to set salaries for employees with job classification changes (such as directors going to classified positions).
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Sharp
Nays: 0
 
 The City Auditor will present a Scope Statement on: City's Efforts to Encourage Ethical Conduct. Gary White, City Auditor, outlined the scope of the audit regarding ethics conduct. The audit will include elected officials as well as all other members of city staff. The Mayor stated that he would like to see information on the audit once he has completed it. Councilman Sharp had suggestions on what he would like to see included in the audit. Looking at the area of selling surplus city property. (He wasn't sure if there had been any written policy or procedures for this item.) He would also like to see information regarding the use of the RFP process being used for work traditionally being handled through the competitive bid process. Councilwoman Hermann stated that she would like to see some type of check list implemented for the RFP/bidding process. Mr. White explained that the suggestions and concerns were valid but were not covered under this particular audit. This audit was dealing with how to communicate the process to staff and officials. These were more of Red Flag issues. The concerns of the committee could be done in a different audit. Councilwoman Hermann suggested that during the course of the Auditor's staff doing their work if any issues should arise to relate those to the council instead of waiting for the audit to be completed. If issues needed to be addressed then they could be done more quickly and efficiently. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Councilwoman Hermann stated that it was getting close to working on the next fiscal year budget and she wanted to remind the staff to be looking at the issue of earnings tax as it relates to the budget. She wanted to have discussions on alternative budget measures in case they are needed. 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.