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Last Published: 1/15/2008 12:52:23 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
Excused:1 - DEB HERMANN
 

071394
Amending Chapter 2, Article VI, Code of Ordinances, by enacting in its place a new division entitled “Kansas City Museum Advisory Board” to formally establish an official advisory board for the Kansas City Museum.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/16/2008)"
This item was held.

080006
Accepting a grant from United States Department of Education in the amount of $315,000.00 over three years; estimating revenues and appropriating funds in the amount of $110,000.00 in the Park Maintenance Fund to provide education and access to programs for those with special needs; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Mark Bowland, South Region Manager for Parks and Recreation, testified before the committee regarding this ordinance. This ordinance would allow the department to accept a grant from the US Department of Education for training staff members on how to relate to and work with children who have special needs. The program in question is somewhat of a pilot program and would be limited to only four community center areas during the initial three year phase of the program. It is the departments wish to have the program expanded to all of the community centers within the city limits at the end of the pilot program.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080007
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Fifth Amendment to the 43rd and Main Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Fifth Amendment to the 43rd and Main Tax Increment Financing Plan.


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

080010
Approving and authorizing execution of a contract in the amount of $135,208.00 with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for the City to provide the Authority legal services in defense of tort lawsuits and claims during the period from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Galen Beaufort, City Attorney, testified before the committee regarding this ordinance. It allows the Law Department to handle claims filed against the ATA for the next calendar year. This is an annual contract with the ATA.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080026
Estimating revenue and increasing the appropriation in the Finance Working Capital Fund by $1,500,000.00 for purchasing card services.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Tammy Queen, Finance Department, stated that this ordinance was just for housekeeping purposes only. It would allow the city to increase the number of purchasing cards allocated to various departments throughout the city. She explained various reasons for the issuance of the cards and how they would/were being used. The money limits on the cards are based on the budgeted money allocated to each department. The cards would not let a person spend more than that which has been allocated to the various departments.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080027
Appropriating $1,000,000.00 from the Contingent Appropriation of the General Fund and transferring it into the Motor Fuel Tax Fund for snow and ice removal; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that the ordinance was needed in order to purchase more salt to be stockpiled in case of additional weather related events during the winter months (prior to the end of the fiscal year). This would cover the costs of the additional salt purchase. There is an ordinance on the books that requires the city to have supplemental reserves on hand. This ordinance is for those reserves.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080041
(Sub.)
Appropriating $1,262,668.00 for the widening of Barry Road east of I-29 in the Capital Improvements Sales Tax Fund; stating the intent of the Council to allocate this amount in the next fiscal year; designating requisitioning authority; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Pat Klein, Budget Office and Wesley Minder, Public Works, made the presentation before the committee. This ordinance would allow the city to allocate funds in the Capital Improvement Sales Tax fund for the purpose of widening Barry Road at I-29. The city had an agreement with Clay County for road construction. The county ran out of money. This ordinance would allow the department to borrow money against the next fiscal year's appropriations. The money would be paid back at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

071045
Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement with the Performing Arts Community Improvement District, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and PAC Holding, Inc. in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the design and construction of a garage and related facilities for the Performing Arts Center; appropriating $6,000,000.00 from various accounts; and directing the City Manager to complete a Public Financing Plan in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding the remaining Garage Improvements.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/16/2008)"
This item was held.

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


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/16/2008)"
This item was held.

071344
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the First Amendment to the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan; approving the First Amendment to the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/16/2008)"
There was extensive testimony regarding this ordinance request. Missy Wilson, EDC, Rubin Alonzo, City Staff and Jerry Riffel, Attorney for the developer, made a presentation before the committee regarding the properties and the planned uses for the properties. Both locations are considered historical buildings and the developer will be making applications to the federal and state governments for historical landmark tax credits. The projections in costs take the project over budget and makes it necessary to take funds that the developer thought would be available for project seven to apply them to projects one and two. Mr. Riffel explained that the developer had already spent funds not yet allocated for the project and was asking that the city help with the reimbursement of costs associated with the project. Committee members were not satisfied with information being provided at such short notice and requested that this ordinance be held a week to allow committee members a chance to look over the financial information supplied by staff and EDC. The also asked that all EDC fact sheets (whether it is revised on not) be supplied to the committee the week prior to the meeting instead of the day of the meeting.
 
 Consideration of Semi-Annual Docket. There was a brief discussion on what items should be reviewed. It was decided that the committee would wait for the return of the chair before making a final decision. This item was held. City Manager's followup report on Resolution #070798. This item was held. Councilwoman Marcason stated that this item would continue to appear on the agenda as a reminder of presenting updated reports to the committee. Monthly Financial Report (budgetary basis) for the period ended November 30, 2007. Mary Temple, City Controller, gave a report to the committee regarding financial collections for the month of November. (A handout is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) 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.