Last Published: 11/27/2006 1:01:05 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:3 - DEB HERMANN, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH
Excused:1 - SAUNDRA MCFADDEN-WEAVER
 

040646
RESOLUTION - Authorizing the Mayor to submit a grant application under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to the State of Missouri in the amount of $27,019.20 with a match of funds and volunteer time from the City of $7,055.10 for a part-time child advocate position in the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program for a total project cost of $34,074.30.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Harriett Kuehne-Fry, City Prosecutor's Office, stated that the resolution was granting the city permission to accept a grant for two Domestic Violence Victim Assistance employees, one full-time and one part-time. The grant has been issued for the last four years. Last year over 500 cases of child abuse went through the system. The grant allows for matching funds from the City's budget. The grant also requires volunteer workers. These are usually secured from UMKC and Penn Valley with students in their paralegal programs which require a certain amount of hours of service.
Ayes: 2 - Hermann, Glover
Nays: 0

040647
Amending Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances pertaining to animals by repealing and enacting one new section pertaining to dogs running at large.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
The ordinance was requested so that animals could run freely in the Off-Leash Park area without being in violation of City Ordinance. Stephen Lampone, Parks and Recreation spoke before the committee regarding the Off-Leash Park and David Park, Assistant Neighborhood and Community Services Director, spoke on the ordinance before the committee. According to Mr. Park, Ms. Robyn Kendrick, Manager of Animal Control, was in favor of the ordinance. Animal Control would make periodic checks in the park to make sure that there are no code violations and that licenses are current. Assistant City Attorney Bill Geary said that the ordinances states that the animals would not be in violation of the running at large ordinance when running inside the park run facility. Mr. Lampone talked about the facility and benefits that both the pet and owner get from using the facility. He also stated that KC Scope would be helping with the monitoring and maintenance of the facility. His department will be working with Animal Control to make sure citizens are in compliance with Chapter 14. Councilman Troy Nash spoke on behalf of Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver in talking about concerns regarding dangerous dogs and best practices. Councilman Jim Glover stated that he had visited the park and observed no problems with animal behavior. He also reminded everyone that the dangerous dog ordinance was still in operation.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040658
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 30, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 30-71 through 30-77 and enacting in lieu thereof new Sections 30-71 through 30-77 that adopt the 2001 FDA Food Code with modifications and incorporating the Code by reference, and to add seasonal and catering permits from previous types of food permits.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, talked about the highlights of the history of the ordinance. They included: 1. A Food Advisory Committee was formed (they recommended that the Health Department train food handlers). 2. Clarified the frequency of inspections of restaurants (High risk restaurants would average an inspection every six months). 3. Proposed fee schedule changes for Seasonal and Catering Permits. Terry Bray, Health Department-Food Program, stated that the ordinance would allow the department to be current. Presently, the department is working under the 1999 Standards. There were a few changes to the wording. He also stated that two new employee positions would be added to the program. Mr. Bray also talked about seasonal and catering permits. Michael Bay, Chair of the Missouri Restaurant Association, talked about food handler cards. The ordinance has a lot of items the association is in favor of. They are in support of the ordinance. Susie Aaron, President of the Crossroads Association, spoke on behalf of the food handler training program. Councilman Jim Glover asked what would be consider a high risk restaurant? Dr. Archer answered that it was depend on the complexity of the menu, certain foods and how they are prepared, the storage and handling of the food is also considered. Councilman Jim Glover asked if the department had any information on food born illnesses from inside the home? Dr. Archer stated that any citizen can go into the food handler program. Mr. Bray said that the department puts handouts at various locations around the city. Dr. Archer stated that the department also partners with TV stations regarding the proper handling and cooking of food during holidays.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040668
(Sub.)
Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2004 CDBG Consolidated Plan and authorizing a $70,000.00 contract amendment with HEDFC for a program to construct new, or substantially rehabilitate, homes for low-income homeowners.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Stuart Bullington, Housing and Community Development, talked about the program in the Northland. This would be the first Habitat for Humanity built in the Northland. The ordinance would allow funds to be used for the building of the house. Mr. Gary Moore, Northland Habitat for Humanity, talked about the need of replacing the current structure, which is beyond repair. There is room on the same lot to build another house and Habitat would build the house. They have a large pool of volunteers to work on the house. They are just asking for support from the council to proceed. Mr. Tomlin, HEDFC, stated that the family living in the structure fall outside the parameters of the program but the family is in dire need. They are asking for a waiver for this family. The funds paid by the occupants of the house would go back to Habitat for future projects.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0
 
 Staff from Parks and Recreation will discuss the Dog Off-Leash Park.