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Last Published: 5/25/2010 12:20:46 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 

100189
Estimating revenue in the amount of $6,000.00 in the General Fund; appropriating $6,000.00 from the General Fund; and authorizing expenditure of $10,000.00 from funds previously appropriated for an employer survey for the Heart of the City planning area.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Shannon Jaax, City Planning and Development, stated that funds had been approved by the 3rd District Councilmembers to help fund the cost of this survey. The survey is to be used in trying to determine what is needed in the urban core to bring businesses to the core. The questions of what businesses want and need will be asked.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0

100190
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-1756, Reserved, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section entitled Reverse Auction, authorizing the Manager of Procurement Services to purchase goods, supplies, materials, equipment and services using an electronic purchasing process.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Cedric Rowan and Renee Haskin, General Services - Procurement, testified before the committee on this ordinance. This would provide another way secure procurement services for the City. This would be considered Best Practices for the City. The concept is similar to Ebay but it allows the City to get the best product for the money.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100191
(Sub.)
Adopting the Annual Budget of the City for the Fiscal Year 2010-11; estimating the revenues for the fiscal year; appropriating for the purposes stated the sums set forth in the budget; designating requisitioning authorities; directing the Director of Finance to make the necessary entries upon the City’s records to show the appropriations and allocations provided for; and authorizing inter-fund loans.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"
All budget items were read together and then discussed seperately. Mark Thoma-Perry, Acting Budget Officer, gave an overview of each budget item being considered by the committee. Several Department Directors were on hand to answer questions about the budget and operations for their departments. Stan Harris - Public Works Bernardo Garcia - Water Services David Park - Neighborhood and Community Services Randy Landes - Finance & Treasury Also testifiying were: Monica Curls and Jim Nunnelly who spoke on behalf of allocations for their respective organizations which were included in the budget.

100192
(Sub.)
Levying taxes for Fiscal Year 2010-11 for General Revenue, Health Levy, Museum Special Revenue and General Debt and Interest Funds on all property in Kansas City subject to taxation on January 1, 2010; providing for the extension of such levies by the Director of Finance; and authorizing the collection by the Director of Finance.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100193
Levying a maintenance tax for Fiscal Year 2010-11 upon all real estate, exclusive of improvements, not exempt by law from general taxation, for the purpose of maintaining, adorning, constructing, repairing and otherwise improving the parks, parkways, boulevards, roads and grounds, and providing for the manner of payment and collecting the special assessment.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100194
Levying a special assessment on the lots, tracts, and parcels of land in the East Park and West Park Districts abutting on certain boulevards, parkways, roads, streets, avenues and highways under the control and management of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2010-11 for the purpose of maintaining, repairing, and otherwise improving the boulevards, parkways, roads, streets, avenues and highways in these districts.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100195
Levying a special assessment upon all real estate, exclusive of improvements, not exempt by law from general taxation in the North, East and West Trafficway Districts for the purpose of maintaining, improving and repairing the trafficways, and providing for the manner of payment and collecting the special assessment.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100196
Amending Chapter 62, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 62-43, General refuse collection; right of entry of refuse collectors, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like name and subject matter, increasing the excess refuse tag fee for additional disposable refuse bags from $1.00 per refuse tag for refuse collection after May 1, 2010.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100197
Amending Chapter 26, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 26-105, Fire Code Permits, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter with a new provision related to reinspection fees; and enacting an effective date of May 1, 2010.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100198
Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, entitled “Water”, by repealing Sections 78-2, 78-3, 78-4, 78-5, 78-6, 78-8, 78-9, 78-10, 78-11,78-12, 78-14, 78-15, 78-16, 78-18, 78-20, 78-21, 78-22, 78-23, 78-24, 78-25, 78-26, 78-27, 78-28, 78-29, 78-30, 78-31, 78-32, 78-33, and 78-35 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter adjusting charges for water service, clarifying the authority of the Director of Water Services, clarifying account ownership, changing the process for lien hearings, sealing of water meters and changing the charge mechanism for termination of service with cause; and establishing an effective date.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100199
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 60, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Sewers and Sewage Disposal”, by repealing Sections 60-2, 60-3 and 60-191, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter which adjusts sewer rates and new Sections 60-47, 60-48, 60-49, 60-50, and 60-51 regarding the special assessment collection process; and establishing an effective date.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100200
Amending Chapter 61, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Stormwater”, by repealing Sections 61-4, and 61-5, and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 61-4 of like number and subject matter that increases the stormwater maximum fee; and establishing an effective date.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/12/2010)"

100151
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-605, Facilities user fee, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like name and subject matter, increasing the user fee for events at Convention and Entertainment Facilities.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Oscar McGaskey, Director of the Convention and Entertainment Facility, explained that the increase was needed to help offset operating expenses, primarily for Kemper Arena and the American Royal Complex. The $1.00 proposed increase would be to pay the principal on bonds, pay for maintenance and help with modifications to facilities. The fees have not been increased or adjusted since 1996. After meeting with promoters to talk about the increase a compromise was met and the fee increase was dropped from $2.00 to $1.50 with a $.50 increase on an incremental scale. Councilwoman Hermann agreed that the City needed to be covering its costs. Public Testimony: Patrick Riha, Pat Riha Productions, stated that he was not against a rate increase but against the language of the ordinance. There was equity applied. (Mr. Riha provided a handout regarding his testimony. The handout is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Mark Adams - Boat and Sports Show, stated that their venue was family oriented and there was competing venues similar to his companies being presented at the Overland Park Convention Center and KCI Expo Center. He would not like to see an increase in fees at this time. Larry Carl, Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City, stated that a sliding scale for user fees should be implemented. User fees must be in line with ticket prices. John McCarthy, Tournament Director for NAIA Division 1 Basketball. talked about the impact a fee increase would have on their organization. Councilman Sharp talked about Hancock Amendment issues regarding a sliding scale change. The Law Department had advice staff and council that of potential violations of the Hancock Amendment with regards to a sliding scale.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0
 
 The Monthly Financial Report for January, 2010 will be presented. This item was held until 3/24/10. There will be a Recovery Zone Facility Bond Update given. This item was discussed in closed session. 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; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12. The committee voted to go into closed session.