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Last Published: 5/15/2008 10:57:13 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:3 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, RUSS JOHNSON
Excused:2 - SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN
 

080415
Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust to provide a dedicated ambulance service to the residents of Kansas City, Missouri.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, testified that this ordinance was for the annual contract with MAST. The contract carried a new section that deals with the EMS reporting which includes performance measures (particularly the response time to an incident).
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Johnson
Nays: 0

080418
Authorizing execution of a $395,000.00 Cooperative Agreement with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority for the purpose of providing funds for certain development and redevelopment services.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Claude Page, City Development, gave some background regarding this ordinance. In the 2008-09 Annual Budget, a line item showed that the EDC would receive an approximate 20% allocation reduction from the City. A plan to recoup some of the shortfall ( about $500,000) was dependent on monies being taken from the Aviation Department budget. To date only about $50,000 could be accounted for. Staff is still working trying to find the funds for the EDC operations. The ordinance would allow the EDC operating expenses for approximately two months. Staff members would be back with an amendment at the later date. Councilwoman Hermann assured staff and representatives from the EDC that the money that was allocated would be delivered to them. Staff would be working towards finding the funds to send to EDC.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Johnson
Nays: 0

080419
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Seventh Amendment to the Shoal Creek Parkway Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Seventh Amendment to the Shoal Creek Parkway Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Kellee Wood, EDC, gave an updated report on the seventh amendment to the Shoal Creek TIF Plan.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Johnson
Nays: 0

080421
Authorizing traffic signal modifications at 12th & Oak and 12th & Locust; estimating revenue in the amount of $220,800.00 in the Capital Improvements Fund; reducing an appropriation in the amount of $129,490.00 in the Capital Improvements Fund; increasing the appropriation in the amount of $129,490.00 in the Capital Improvements Fund; appropriating the sum of $220,800.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance to various accounts in the Capital Improvements Fund; designating requisitioning authority; and authorizing the Director of Public Works to enter into contracts with ACI and Leath and Sons.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Staff from the Public Works Department made the presentation before the committee. This ordinance would authorize traffic light improvements to the area around City Hall.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Johnson
Nays: 0

080431
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City by enacting a new article “Budgetary and Financial Policies” and enacting a new section which establishes a Non-Recurring Revenue Policy for the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (5/7/2008)"
This item was held one week but testimony was taken. Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, talked about the purpose of this legislation before the committee. City Treasurer Randy Landis and Acting Finance Director Wanda Gunter also offered testimony regarding this ordinance.

060535
(Sub.)
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 3 of the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Kellee Wood and Ruben Alonzo made the presentation before the committee. According to Ms. Wood, the developers were ready to proceed with the next phase of the project. The amendment added a specific area to the plan that had been left out of the original plan.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Johnson
Nays: 0

071342
RESOLUTION - Requesting information from the Tax Increment Financing Commission regarding the 45th Street Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda.

080314
(Sub.)
Authorizing a cooperative agreement for public improvements with HD Lee Building, LLC, in the amount of $500,000.00.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (5/14/2008)"
This item was held for two weeks.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Mapping Economic Development Incentives and Blight. City Auditor Gary White and staff member Brennan Crawford came before the committee to make a presentation regarding economic development and blight. Councilman Johnson asked for their interpretation of blight. Mr. Crawford proceeded to give a definition based on state criteria. Councilwoman Hermann asked that a more clarified definition be placed on blight and what the impact on various neighborhoods would be. Councilwoman Marcason stated that she thought that some other department would be better suited to conduct this particular type of audit. There were several other agencies and departments that dealt with the types of issues involved in trying to determine the criteria for blight that had more experience in working with those issues. Gary White stated that they would take all the comments regarding their report into consideration and come back later with a report that included incorporation of their concerns and suggestions. 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.