Last Published: 11/27/2006 12:59:45 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, SAUNDRA MCFADDEN-WEAVER, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH
 

040585
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances pertaining to animals by repealing and enacting three new sections pertaining to limitations on the number of dogs, cats and ferrets, domestic animal avocation permits and domestic animal rescue kennel and rescue cattery permits and schedule of user fees.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Robyn Kendrick, Manager Animal Control, stated that the ordinance was to allow for a change in Chapter 14, Animals, that allowed dogs, cats and ferrets to run at-large within the confines of a off-leash park set up by Parks and Recreation. Ms. Kendrick also discussed an avocation program that allowed an individual to apply for a permit if they wanted to keep an larger number of animals than was allowed under current chapter sections. The amendment allows neighbors to sign a consent form for allowing more animals that currently allowed by city law. It would also require the person to have a state permit. The department doesn't want to duplicate what the state is doing. The change would drop from 25 to 10 animals at a time being kept in a care shelter or kennel. Anyone having more than 10 at the time of the effective date will be grand fathered in. As animals are removed from the premises for whatever reason, the numbers would drop until they reached 10. The amendments are also promoting partnerships between the city and state governments. Councilwoman Deb Hermann asked if the off-leash areas were posted clearly to eliminate any confusion with pet owners and non-pet owners? Ms. Kendrick replied that she was not sure. The facility was being operated by the Parks Department. There was a brief discussion concerning citizens calling council members after receiving citations for Chapter 14 code violations. City Attorney Galen Beaufort suggested telling citizens that once a ticket is written and becomes a part of the Judicial System, only the judge can resolve the issue. The citizen should talk to the judge, not a council member. Councilman Troy Nash, explained that there was a difference between policy issues and ticket issues. The council needs to look at the rules to see how they are set up regarding policy only. City Attorney Galen Beaufort agreed. A person receiving a citation with regards to their pet could also call the City Prosecutor's Office to discuss the ticket. Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver, talked about aggressive animals or dangerous animals being allowed to run the off-leash area. She expressed her concerns about what happens if an aggressive animal attaches a non-aggressive animal. Councilwoman Deb Hermann suggested that this item be held or separate the avocation from the rest of the ordinance and send the ordinance through as a committee substitute. Councilman Jim Glover wanted to know what other municipalities were doing with their off-leash programs. He would also like to have representatives from Parks and Recreation testify on the off-leash program or see some type of regulations set up. City Attorney Galen Beaufort stated that he could do a committee substitute with a recommendation from the committee. He could also talk staff from Parks and Recreation about doing a presentation. He wanted the committee know that he didn't agree that the city would be liable if something happened to a pet at an off-leash facility and that the committee needed to know that even though they could make recommendations, the final decision would come from the Parks Board. Parks are regulated by the Board of Park Commissioners, not City Council members. Kimberly Rauzi, spoke in opposition to the ordinance. She talked about the ordinance putting more restrictions on pet owners and in short were giving up more of their constitutional rights. She had explained that the care centers or kennels were being looked down upon by the Kansas City Animal Control Center and agencies such as Wayside Waifs. She was opposed to the reduction in the number of animals a center or kennel could have. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver, stated that the law was put into place to protect the public and the animals in questions. Being able to care for a pet was one of the first responsibilities that a pet owner faces.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040586
RESOLUTION - Supporting the application for and acceptance of the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Alan Welles, Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the resolution was supporting the city with applying and accepting a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant for the fiscal year. The grant has been applied for and approved since 1996. In 2004, there was a 46% reduction in the amount of funding compared to 2003. Next year the grant will be totally eliminated and combined with other grants.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040587
Amending Chapter 56, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 56-384, Violations, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Pearline McFall, Division Manager for Neighborhood Preservation, stated that the ordinance was to change wording only. The word "own" was added to the section.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040598
Authorizing the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services to expend the sum of $365,000.00 for various contracts and authorizing contracts with Hope House, Inc., Newhouse, Inc., Rose Brooks Center, and Synergy Services, Inc., for operation of shelters for victims of domestic violence.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Jackie Powell, Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the contract would enable the city to enter into contracts with 4 domestic violence shelters. Councilman Jim Glover asked if there had been any monitoring on the number of people using the facilities? Ms. Powell answered that numbers had increased at the Rose Brooks Center while they had decreased at Synergy Services. She had no actual numbers available at this time. Councilman Glover stated that he would like to be kept abreast of the number of people using the four facilities.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

040599
Authorizing execution of a $527,967.00 contract with Legal Aid of Western Missouri for legal services.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Jackie Powell, Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the contract was for legal services provided by Legal Aid for representation of indigent citizens appearing in Municipal Court for various offenses and violations. Over 11,000 people had been represented by Legal Aid over the last year. Richard Haliburton, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, was on hand to answer any questions.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0