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Last Published: 11/23/2010 12:50:01 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
Out:1 - MARK FUNKHOUSER
 

100767
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 40, Code of Ordinances, entitled Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (10/6/2010)"

100772
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Second Amendment to the Union Hill Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Second Amendment to the Union Hill Tax Increment Financing Plan; designating an amended redevelopment area.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bob Long, EDC, stated that the ordinance changed line item costs information but those changes did not reflect in higher development costs. No paperwork changes were required for cost analysis. Cathy Burke, President of the Union Hill Neighborhood Association, spoke in favor of the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100774
Approving the Second Amendment to the 45th Street Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Mark Bryant, Attorney, stated that this ordinance would extend the deadline another three years. There were no other changes to the plan. The TIF Commission staff and the representatives for the 4th District were in agreement with the extension of the deadline. Joe Gonzales, TIF Commission Director, spoke in favor of the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100703
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim for workers' compensation benefits filed by Gregory Germann for injuries resulting from an accident on February 10, 2009, while employed by the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100705
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Sixth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Sixth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Kellee Wood, Economic Development Corporation, stated that this ordinance would revise the budget and allow for the application of federal grant dollars. Kyle Elliott, City Planning, talked about the streetscape plan associated with this ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100706
Appropriating $37,208.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the General Fund for dumpster and trash removal services.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Mark Thoma-Perry, Acting Budget Director, stated that the funds in this ordinance were from a settlement with Southeast Landfill at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year. Staff failed to add the funds to the 2010-11 budget. This was an oversight by staff so this ordinance allocates the funds back to the Public Works Department from the prior year budget.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100712
Reducing and increasing appropriations in the General Fund for Fire Station Operations and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Zack Walker, Budget Office, stated that this ordinance would transfer funds from General Services to the Fire Department for discretionary purchases not done by General Services.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100713
(Sub.)
Reducing appropriations of $2,418,335.00 in the KCMAC 06A Fund, $122,804.00 in the KCMAC 2004B Taxable Fund, and $268,530.00 in the KCMAC 2004B Bartle Hall Expansion Fund; and appropriating $2,418,335.00 to various projects in the KCMAC 2006A Fund, $122,804.00 to KCMAC 2004B Taxable Fund, $268,530.00 to KCMAC 2004B Bartle Hall Expansion Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Oscar McGaskey, Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities, stated that this ordinance would allow the department to use surplus money from bond sales, that had accumulated over the years, for maintenance and upgrades to Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium. He also believed there would be funds left over that would go towards much needed repairs at the American Royal Complex. The ordinance would approve the transfer of funds from General Services to the Convention Facilities Fund.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100736
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Jacqueline Gabbert v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 0916-CV35665.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100737
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Edna Alford v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 0916-CV30281.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100749
Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Reimbursement Agreement with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to provide an economic incentive to relocate certain business operations within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Randy Landes, Director of Finance, stated that this ordinance had previously been presented to the committee and held in order to get more information requested by the committee. Mr. Landes stated that the ordinance would allow the company to take earnings tax abatements to be used for relocation purposes within the city limits. This was allowed under state statute for companies within a "353" development area. Compared to what Kansas State could use as incentives Missouri State statute only allowed for a small amount in incentives for a preexisting business within the state. Jeff Kaczmarek, Economic Development Corporation President, stated that while the Crown Center area had been redeveloped, the employment portion still fell under the "353" guidelines. Andy Beal, President of the National Association Insurance Corporation, stated that their company has had a lengthy history with Kansas City and they liked the location that they now occupied. The lease is up and they are looking at properties on both sides of the state line. He would take the information discussed during the meeting back to their office and review that information. There should be a decision within the next few months. Councilman Sharp voiced his concerns about not being able to offer more incentives to companies either to relocate to or remain in Kansas City, Mo. It seemed as if the State of Missouri had left the city to their own devices when trying to retain companies in the city. Jaime Green, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, stated that their organization was in full support of the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0
 
 Monthly Financial Report for the period ended July 31, 2010 will be presented. Randy Landes, Director of Finance talked about the new format used for the report. Gary Morris, Finance, talked about the financial condition for the city. While there was a slight increase in revenues (due to onetime settlements) the expenditures for the period also rose. 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; (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; and/or (5) negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection The committee voted 4-0 to go into closed session.