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Legislation #: 070495 Introduction Date: 4/19/2007
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 38-84 through 38-100.5 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter and enacting new Sections 38-100.6 through 38-100.9.

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4/19/2007 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/19/2007 Referred to Operations Committee
4/25/2007 Hold On Agenda (5/2/2007)
5/1/2007 Referred to Finance and Audit Committee
5/2/2007 Hold Off Agenda
1/16/2008 Release
1/22/2008 Released

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ORDINANCE NO. 070495

 

Amending Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 38-84 through 38-100.5 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter and enacting new Sections 38-100.6 through 38-100.9.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Sections 38-84 through 38-100.5 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter and enacting new Sectinos 38-100.6 through 38-100.9, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 38-84. Definitions.

 

The following definitions apply to this Article, except where an alternate definition has specifically been made applicable:

 

(1) Affidavit of Intended Utilization: An affidavit, in a form prescribed by the Director, stating the bidders intent to meet the MBE/WBE goals or to timely request a waiver of the MBE/WBE goals.

 

(2) Agency: Any public or private entity that receives 66 percent of its funding from the City.

 

(3) Agency head: Person authorized to act on behalf of an agency as defined in section 38-84(2).

 

(4) Award of contract: Execution of a contract and, if necessary, City Council or Park Board authorization.

 

(5) Bid: An offer to enter into a contract submitted pursuant to an invitation for bid.

 

(6) Bidder: Any person who submits a bid to the City or an agency in response to an invitation for bid.

 

(7) Bid opening: The event whereby bids are opened and read aloud at the place, date and time specified in the invitation for bid and any subsequent amendment thereto.

 

(8) Bid shopping: The practice whereby a person divulges or requires another to divulge a subcontractors bid or proposal for the purpose of securing a lower bid or proposal.

 

 

 
(9) City: City of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

(10) City department: Department of the city or the Division of Procurement Services when acting on behalf of a department director.

 

(11) Commercially useful function: Real and actual services that are a distinct and verifiable element of the contracted work based upon private sector trade or industry standards. In determining whether the MBE or WBE is performing a commercially useful function, factors including but not limited to the following will be considered:

 

a. Whether the MBE or WBE has the skill and expertise to perform work for which it is being utilized;

 

b. Whether the cost of materials is an ordinary and necessary part of the subcontractors responsibility;

 

c. Whether the MBE or WBE is in the business of performing, managing or supervising the work for which it has been certified and is being utilized;

 

d. Whether the MBE or WBE is participating in the contract as a middle person or broker in the normal course of that business or trade by purchasing the goods and/or services from another business, thereby qualifying expenditures for such goods and/or services to be counted toward utilization requirements for MBEs and WBEs;

 

e. Whether the MBE or WBE is responsible for the purchase and quality of, and payment for, materials used to perform its work under the contract.

 

There shall be a rebuttable presumption that, when the MBE or WBE subcontracts a greater portion of the contract work than normal industry practice, the MBE or WBE is not performing a commercially useful function.

 

(12) Construction contract: A contract for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, enlargement or alteration of any fixed work or construction site preparation, the majority of which is paid for out of city or agency funds. 

 

(13) Contract: Any construction contract more than $323,000.00 and all other contracts more than $117,000.00 the majority of which is paid for out of city funds or in which an agency is a party, except the following:

 

(a) Personal services contracts;

 

(b) Emergency contracts;

 

(c) Imprest accounts in the nature of petty cash funds.

 

(14) Contractor: Any person who enters into a contract with the City or an agency. 

 

(15) Contractor Utilization Plan: The statement, in a form prescribed by the Director, that must be submitted by a bidder or proposer pursuant to section 38-89 and that states its plan to utilize qualified MBEs and/or WBEs in the performance of a contract.

 

(16) Day: A calendar day, except as otherwise indicated.

 

(17) Department: The Human Relations Department (HRD), or the division within the City Managers Office that is assigned to perform the tasks delegated to the Human Relations Department by this Article.

 

(18) Department director: Person appointed by the City Manager to be responsible for a city department or the Manager of Procurement Services when acting on behalf of a department director or the City.

 

(19) Director: The Director of the Human Relations Department or his authorized representative, or the person designated by the City Manager to perform the tasks delegated to the Director of the Human Relations Department by this Article.

 

 

 
(20) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): A business concern that meets the Federal requirements for certification as a DBE.

 

(21) Expertise: Experience or training in a specialized field that is critical to the firms operations, indispensable to the firms potential success, and specific to the type of work the firm performs.

 

(22) Goal: A numerical objective stated as a percentage of contract dollars for participation by qualified MBEs and WBEs in contracts.

 

(23) Invitation for bid: A request or invitation for submission of an offer to enter into a contract pursuant to a competitive bidding process.

 

(24) Kansas City metropolitan area: The Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte and the Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte.

 

(25) Letter of Intent to Subcontract: A document, in a form prescribed by the Director, that demonstrates the prime contractors intent to enter a contractual agreement with a selected MBE/WBE.

 

(26) M/W/DBE Kansas City Mo. Online Directory: A source list compiled by the Human Relations Department containing names and addresses of MBE/WBE/DBEs in the business of providing construction, professional services and other services and goods from whom bids and proposals can be solicited. The directory is to facilitate identifying MBE/WBE/DBE subcontractors with capabilities relevant to general contracting requirements and to particular solicitations.

 

(27) Mentor/protg: A relationship between an MBE or WBE (protg) and a person in the same trade or industry (mentor). The mentor/protg relationship is to provide technical, financial, bonding, equipment and personnel assistance. The purpose of the relationship is to increase the capacity of MBE/WBEs to perform contracts.

 

(28) Minority: A person who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is:

 

a. African American, a person whose origins are in any of the Black racial groups of Africa, and who has historically and consistently identified himself or herself as being such a person; or

 

 

 
b. Hispanic American and/or Latino American, a person whose origins are in Mexico, Central or South America, or any of the Spanish speaking islands of the Caribbean, (for example Cuba and Puerto Rico) regardless of race, and who has historically and consistently identified himself or herself as being such a person; or

 

c. Asian and/or Pacific Islander American, a person whose origins are in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the islands of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas, or the Indian Subcontinent, and who has historically and consistently identified himself or herself as being such a person; or

 

d. Native American, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain tribal affiliation or demonstrate at least one-quarter descent from such groups, and who has historically and consistently identified himself or herself as being such a person.

 

(29) Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): A for-profit small business concern that:

 

a. is at least 51 percent owned, managed, and independently controlled by one or more minorities; and

 

b. has a real and substantial presence in the Kansas City metropolitan area as defined by section 38-100.4(c); and

 

c. meets the business size standards imposed by 13 CFR 121.201 and this ordinance; and

 

d. performs a commercially useful function; and

 

e. is certified by the Human Relations Department.

 

Only persons meeting each of the above criteria shall be deemed an MBE for purposes of this Article. Except as provided in section 38-90(c), any person listed as an MBE on the M/W/DBE Kansas City Mo. Online Directory on the date a Contractor Utilization Plan is submitted is eligible to participate as an MBE on a particular contract.

 

(30) Person: One or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, fiduciaries and other organizations; except "Person" does not include any local, state or federal governmental entity.

 

(31) Personal services contract: A contract or agreement of employment with an individual who is not acting as an independent contractor and who is not part of the City's classified or unclassified service.

 

(32) Principal place of business: The location at which the business records of the MBE/WBE applicant concern are maintained and the location at which the individual who manages the concern's day-to-day operations spends the majority of his/her working hours.

 

(33) Proposal: Any offer or list of qualifications submitted to the City in response to a request for proposal.

 

(34) Proposer: Any person who submits a proposal to enter into a contract, either in response to a request for proposals, request for qualifications or otherwise, but not pursuant to an invitation for bid. 

 

(35) Qualified: Possessing the demonstrated ability to perform the contracted task.

 

(36) Request for proposals: An invitation for submission of an offer to enter into a contract pursuant to a negotiated process and not a competitive bid, including requests for qualifications.

 

(37) Woman: A person who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is a female.

 

 

 
(38) Women's Business Enterprise (WBE): A for-profit small business concern that:

 

a. is at least 51 percent owned, managed, and independently controlled by one or more women; and

 

b. has a real and substantial presence in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area as defined by section 38-100.4(c); and

 

c. meets the business size standards imposed by 13 CFR 121.201 and this ordinance; and

 

d. performs a commercially useful function; and

 

e. is certified by the Human Relations Department.

 

Only persons meeting each of the above criteria shall be deemed a WBE for purposes of this Article. Except as provided in section 38-90(c), any person listed as a WBE on the M/W/DBE Kansas City Mo. Online Directory on the date a Contractor Utilization Plan is submitted is eligible to participate as a WBE on a particular contract.

 

Sec. 38-85. Application of ordinance.

 

(a) The provisions of this Article shall apply to all contracts, as defined in section 38-84(13), entered into by the City or an agency. Federal or state requirements for minority or women business enterprise participation or disadvantaged business enterprise participation shall supersede this Article when required by law or federal or state contract.

 

(b) Each department director and agency head is responsible for using good faith efforts to achieve the city-wide MBE and WBE goals set forth in section 38-86.

 

(c) Each person with whom the City or an agency enters into a contract for which goals have been set shall either:

 

(1) Meet or exceed the goals set for that contract; or

 

(2) Make and provide evidence of good faith efforts to achieve the goals and request a waiver of the contract goals.

 

Sec. 38-85.5. Application to leases and TIF.

 

(a) Lease of city property for development. The provisions of this Article shall apply to all projects on property leased by the City to any person for development of the property by that person or any other authorized person.

 

 

 
(b) Projects under tax increment financing. The Tax Increment Financing Commission shall adopt an affirmative action program and a minority and women's business enterprise program that is consistent with the City's affirmative action program and minority and women's business enterprise program, as determined by the Director of Human Relations, and that applies to all projects financed in whole or in part by tax increment financing as that term is used in RSMo 99.800 et seq. All redevelopment agreements between the Tax Increment Financing Commission and a redeveloper must contain MBE/WBE goals and workforce utilization goals which are approved by the Director and which are applicable to 100 percent of all redevelopment project costs, identified within a tax increment financing plan approved by the City Council. For purposes of this subsection, the "city's affirmative action program" and "minority and women's business enterprise program" shall have the same meaning as used in chapter 38. Developer's utilization plan must be approved by Director prior to the Tax Increment Financing Commission reimbursing developer from tax increment financing funds.

 

Sec. 38-86. City-wide goals.

 

(a) The goals set forth in this section are city-wide goals to be used by city departments and agencies. The city-wide goals are not goals for individual contracts. They are goals for total MBE and WBE participation in contracts. The city-wide goals are established as follows:

 

Classification

Construction  

Professional Service

Other Services   

Materials and  Supplies   

 

African American

9%   

8%   

13%   

9%   

Hispanic American/ Latino American

5%   

3%   

3%   

3%   

Native American/Asian American/Pacific Islander American

1%   

2%   

2%   

2%   

White Women

 

7%   

8%   

10%   

9%   

 

(b) The City Council shall review the city-wide goals at least every three years and determine whether to maintain, modify, or terminate the program, but the failure to do so shall not invalidate the program.

 

(c) Neither city-wide goals nor individual contract goals should be construed as a limitation on contracting opportunities for the above listed classifications. Such classifications shall be eligible to be awarded contracts consistent with bidding or other contract procedures over and above the percentages listed.

 

Sec. 38-87. City department and agency MBE/WBE utilization plan.

 

(a) Each city department and agency shall prepare and submit to the Director by April 1, unless otherwise extended by the Director, an annual MBE/WBE utilization plan for the next city fiscal year. Each city department and agency MBE/WBE utilization plan shall include:

 

(1) Separate city department or agency goals for participation by qualified MBEs and WBEs as prime contractors and subcontractors in the procurement of goods, professional services, services and construction for the upcoming fiscal year. The goals should be expressed as a percentage of the city department or agency's total fiscal year contract expenditures; and

 

(2) Any other information that the city department or agency or the Director deems relevant or necessary.

 

 

 
(b) A city department or agency may amend its MBE/WBE utilization plan during the fiscal year to reflect changes in its projected contract expenditures or other relevant circumstances, and shall inform the Director of such changes.

 

(c) In planning its individual contracts, each city department and agency shall utilize the methodologies described in this Article and use its good faith efforts to encourage and attempt to obtain participation of qualified MBEs and/or WBEs and shape the scope, specifications and size of a contract to enhance such participation.

 

(d) City departments and agencies shall encourage eligible businesses to:

 

(1) Apply to the Human Relations Department, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) or Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) for certification;

 

(2) Have their names included on departmental bidders and proposers lists and in the M/W/DBE Kansas City MO. On Line Directory;

 

(3) Seek pre-qualification when applicable;

 

(4) Compete for city business as prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

 

(e) City departments and agencies shall make reasonable efforts to:

 

(1) Advertise contract opportunities in general circulation media, trade and professional association publications, small business media, and publications of minority and women's business organizations;

 

(2) Send written notice of specific contract opportunities to minority and women's business organizations and those entities on the departmental bidder's and proposer's list;

 

(3) With the assistance of the Director, shape the scope, specifications and size of a contract to enhance participation opportunities for qualified MBEs and WBEs.

 

(f) Each department director, as part of his or her annual evaluation, shall be reviewed concerning the implementation of the City's MBE/WBE program. In the event a deficiency is found, the Director of Human Relations or his or her designee will work with the director to identify prohibiting factors and offer any assistance necessary to successfully implement this program.

 

Sec. 38-88. Setting goals for individual contracts.

 

(a) Goals shall be established for individual contracts when deemed practical by the Director, as determined pursuant to this section.

 

(b) Individual contract goals shall be flexible and are to be determined on a contract-by-contract basis. In determining whether goals should be established for an individual contract or in setting the specific goal for an individual contract, the following shall be considered:

 

(1) The scope of work; and

 

(2) The number and types of qualified MBEs and WBEs available to perform such work, or portions of it; and

 

 

 
(3) Whether the contract can be structured to create potential opportunities for qualified MBEs and WBEs to participate as subcontractors, service providers and/or suppliers; and

 

(4) The level of participation of qualified MBEs and WBEs in similar contracts awarded by other city departments and agencies, and on local projects awarded by the state and federal governments in the previous and current fiscal years; and

 

(4) The city department's or agency's progress toward meeting its annual MBE/WBE goals and its expectations as to how future contracts will be used toward meeting such goals; and

 

(5) The potential dollar amount of the contract.

 

(c) When goals for individual city contracts are set, they shall be set as follows:

 

(1) For city construction contracts with an estimated cost of more than $323,000, by the Fairness in Construction Board upon recommendation of the Director;

 

(2) For all other city contracts, by the Director.

 

(d) When goals are established for a contract, such goals shall be stated in any invitation for bid or request for proposals.

 

(e) For contracts other than construction contracts, the Director is authorized to require a bidder or proposer to make good faith efforts to achieve MBE/WBE participation without setting a numerical MBE/WBE goal on the solicitation as long as the Director could have set an MBE/WBE goal based on the factors in section 38-88(b).

 

Sec. 38-89. Contractor utilization plan.

 

(a) When goals have been established for a contract, each bidder or proposer shall submit a notarized contractor utilization plan to the City or agency which shall include the following:

 

(1) Names and addresses of each qualified MBE or WBE that will participate in the contract; and

 

(2) The work to be performed by each qualified MBE and/or WBE, and the amounts each is to be paid for such work.

 

(b) Bid Shopping is prohibited.

 

Sec. 38-90. Determining contract participation credit for MBEs and WBES.

 

(a) The following contract amounts shall be credited toward achieving the goals:

 

(1) The total contract dollar amount that a prime contractor has paid or is obligated to pay to a subcontractor that is a qualified MBE or WBE.

 

(2) Twenty-five percent of the total dollar amount paid or to be paid by a prime contractor to obtain supplies or goods from a supplier who is not a manufacturer and who is a qualified MBE or WBE. If the MBE/WBE is a manufacturer of such supplies then 100 percent may be credited.

 

(3) Subcontractor participation with a lower tier MBE/WBE subcontractor by the subcontractor using one of the above methods of participation.

 

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no credit toward achieving the goals on an individual contract shall be given for:

 

(1) Participation in a contract by any qualified MBE or WBE that does not perform a commercially useful function. The prime contractor shall have the burden of proving that a MBE or WBE is performing a commercially useful function.

 

(2) Any portion of the value of the contract that an MBE or WBE subcontractor subcontracts back to the prime contractor or any other contractor who is not a qualified MBE/WBE.

 

 

 
(3) An MBE or WBE prime contractor's own participation in its contract with the City.

 

(c) In order to be credited towards the MBE or WBE goals on a particular solicitation, an application for certification as a MBE/WBE must be filed no later than 45 days prior to the invitation for bid, or request for proposals, or qualifications for construction-related services. A person must have received its certification by the date on which the bid, proposal or qualifications is due.


Sec. 38-90.1 Joint Venture and Mentor- Protg Programs.

 

(a) The Joint Venture Relationship. The Department shall encourage, voluntary establishment of joint ventures on all Request for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ). Joint Ventures have the potential to create prime contracting opportunities for businesses that include MBE/WBEs on eligible projects.

 

(1) A written joint venture agreement must be completed by all parties to the joint venture and executed before a notary public, which clearly delineates the rights and responsibilities of each member or partner, complies with any requirements of the Department, as set forth in RFP or RFQ documents, and provides that the joint venture shall continue for the duration of the project. The Department shall review joint venture agreements prior to the award of a contract to determine whether the partners, in fact, share a mutual interest in the operation and success or failure of the joint venture. The Department may consider:

 

a. The initial capital investment of each joint venture partner; and

 

b. The proportional allocation of profits and losses to each venture partner, at least 40% of which must be allocated to the MBE or WBE partners; and

 

c. The partners rights to management, control, and ownership; and

 

d. Whether the partners maintain a joint checking account; and

 

e. The method of and responsibility for accounting; and

 

f. The method by which disputes are resolved; and

 

g. Any additional or further information required by the Director or Department as set forth in the request for qualifications or proposal documents or otherwise

 

(2) The joint venture, and each member of the joint venture, shall provide the Department access to review all records pertaining to joint venture agreements before and after the award of a contract in order to reasonably assess compliance with this Article.

 

(3) The failure of any joint venture partner to comply with this section shall render the joint venture agreement invalid and subject the joint venture partners to any or all of the penalties contained in section 38-100.6

 

(b) The Mentor/Protg Certification. Mentor/Protg certifications are voluntary and designed to provide MBE/WBE firms with advice, technical assistance and/or training. The program is not intended to remove the responsibility of the minority or women owner from the actual day-to-day management of their firm. The mentor/protg team shall perform work as designated by the mentor within its relevant scope of work, provided however that the mentor cannot be responsible for the management of the MBE/WBE firm and the mentor and the MBE/WBE must remain separate and independent business entities.

 

(1) Mentor companies shall require approval by the Department to participate in the program; Protg companies must meet the certification requirements of Sec. 38-100.4 to participate in the program.

 

(2) The Mentor/ Protg relationship must be established by a written agreement, completed by both parties to the relationship, and executed before a notary public. This agreement shall clearly delineate the rights and responsibilities of the Mentor/Protg.

 

(3) The Department shall review the Mentor/Protg agreement for compliance with this section prior to certifying a Mentor/Protg relationship.

 

(4) The Mentor/Protg relationship shall exist at least three years, but no more than five years as agreed to by the Mentor/Protg team with approval by the Department. Both the Mentor and Protg can terminate the relationship at any time for any reason and must notify the Director of the termination in writing.

 

(5) A mentor may utilize multiple protgs on a city contract but may have no more than three protgs at any one time, each of which shall be mentored in different commercially useful functions.

 

(6) A protg is limited to two mentor/protg relationships as a participant in the MBE/WBE program, and each relationship must be with a different mentor.

 

(7) During the term of the mentor/protg certification, the mentor and protg businesses must each provide to the Department a quarterly summary of the mentor skills provided to the protg, which shall include:

 

a. The time spent between mentor and protg business in furtherance of the mentor/protg relationship; and

 

b. The nature and extent of managerial, technical, financial and/or bonding assistance provided; and

 

c. A summary and explanation of any projects bid on or undertaken by the mentor-protg team in the private sector or for a governmental entity other than the City; and

 

d. Any additional or further information required by the Department or agency as set forth in bid documents or otherwise.

 

(8) Assistance the mentor may provide the protg includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

a. Extending financial assistance, in the forms of time notes, loans and stock purchases; and

 

b. Providing technical advice, including cost accounting, estimating, training, plan interpretation, business management, loan packaging, financial counseling, and advice relevant to the success of the particular type of business concern; and

 

c. Providing equipment and personnel for specific and limited purposes, provided that the equipment and personnel is clearly identified through lease agreements and personnel records, and the protg exercise the necessary control of personnel and equipment within the normal course of business practice regardless of how the personnel and equipment are acquired; and

 

 

 
d. Providing bonding by either bonding or guaranteeing the bonding on a project-by-project basis, provided that the mentor and protg create a Development Plan that includes provisions for ensuring that the protg acquires the ability to independently bond its projects; and

 

e. Providing office space, clerical assistance, and other assistance at below market rates.

 

(9) The following practices within the mentor/protg relationship are prohibited:

 

a. A mentor requiring, or a protg voluntarily entering, an agreement with the mentor to have an exclusive bidding agreement; and

 

b. Subcontracting arrangements created to artificially inflate MBE/WBE participation; and

 

c. Formal or informal agreements that unreasonably limit the protgs control or management of its company; and

 

d. A mentor entering into any agreement on behalf of the protg; and

 

e. An employer/employee relationship between the mentor and protg at any time during the term of the mentor/protg relationship.

 

(10) Termination of the Mentor/Protg Relationship. Either party to the mentor/protg relationship may terminate the relationship at will. The Department may terminate the mentor/protg relationship for good cause shown. At the end of the certification, the mentor shall no longer provide the protg with any assistance and a protgs acceptance of such assistance shall result in the protg not meeting the eligibility requirements for MBE/WBE certification.

 

(11) Mentor/Protg Business Thresholds

 

a. Notwithstanding anything to contrary herein, a mentors business with a protg shall not exceed the following amounts:

 

i. End of Year 1: 80% of the protgs gross receipts

 

ii. End of Year 2: 70% of the protgs gross receipts

 

iii. End of Year 3: 60% of the protgs gross receipts

 

iv. End of Year 4: 50% of the protgs gross receipts

 

v. End of Year 5: 50% of the protgs gross receipts

 

unless the Director approves a waiver for good cause or the protg does not exceed the limitation applicable to the previous year.

 

b. If the protg is in its second mentor/protg relationship, a mentors business with a protg shall not exceed the following amounts:

 

i. End of Year 1: 50% of the protgs gross receipts

 

ii. End of Year 2: 50% of the protgs gross receipts

 

iii. End of Year 3: 40% of the protgs gross receipts

 

iv. End of Year 4: 30% of the protgs gross receipts

 

v. End of Year 5: 30% of the protgs gross receipts

 

Sec. 38-91. Waiver of MBE/WBE goals.

 

(a) When a request for waiver has been filed, the Director may recommend a full or partial waiver of contract goals when the Director has determined a bidder or proposer has not met the goals despite its good faith efforts, as defined in section 38-93.

 

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the City Council may waive the requirements of this Article and award a city contract to a lowest and best bidder or a best proposer if the Council determines it is in the best interests of the City.

 

 

Sec. 38-92. Reserved.

 

Sec. 38-93. Standards to determine good faith efforts.

 

(a) Good faith efforts are efforts that, given all relevant circumstances, a bidder or proposer actively and aggressively demonstrates in attempting to meet the prescribed goals. Good faith efforts must be demonstrated to be meaningful and not merely formalistic compliance. In evaluating good faith efforts made toward achieving the goals, the Director may consider whether the bidder or proposer has performed the following, along with any other relevant factors:

 

(1) Advertised opportunities to participate in the contract in general circulation media, trade and professional association publications, small and minority business media, and publications of minority and women's business organizations in sufficient time to allow MBE and WBE firms to participate effectively;

 

(2) Provided notice to a reasonable number of minority and women's business organizations of specific opportunities to participate in the contract in sufficient time to allow MBE and WBE firms to participate effectively;

 

(3) Sent written notices, by certified mail, e-mail or facsimile, to qualified MBEs and WBEs soliciting their participation in the contract in sufficient time to allow them to participate effectively;

 

(4) Attempted to identify portions of the work for qualified MBE and/or WBE participation in order to increase the likelihood of meeting the goals, including breaking down contracts into economically feasible units;

 

(5) Requested assistance in achieving the goal from the Director and acted on the Director's recommendations;

 

(6) Conferred with qualified MBEs and WBEs and explained the scope and requirements of the work for which their bids or proposals were solicited;

 

(7) Attempted to negotiate in good faith with qualified MBEs and WBEs to perform specific subcontracts, not rejecting them as unqualified without sound reasons based on a thorough investigation of their capabilities.

 

(8) Attended pre-bid meetings when such meetings were indicated.

 

(b) Additional standards for construction contracts: Within five business days after drawing the bid specifications, the bidder will have sent certified letters, verifiable e-mails or proof of facsimiles to qualified MBEs and WBEs listed on the M/W/DBE Kansas City Mo. Online Directory.

 

(c) A bidder or proposer shall submit documentation of its good faith efforts when requested by the City or agency.

 

(d) Good faith efforts shall be made prior to submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan.

 

 


Sec. 38-94. Modification or substitution.

 

(a) After bid or proposal opening or after a contract is awarded, the Director may approve substitutions of other qualified MBE/WBEs for those listed in the Letter of Intent to Subcontract and Contractor Utilization Plan or approve modifications of the amount of participation listed in the Contractor Utilization Plan, if the Director finds that the bidder, proposer or contractor made and provided evidence of good faith efforts to substitute the listed MBE/WBE with other qualified MBE/WBEs for the listed scope of work or any other scope of work in the project and also finds one of the following:

 

(1) The listed MBE/WBE is non-responsive or cannot perform; or

 

(2) The listed MBE/WBE has increased its previously quoted price to the bidder, proposer or contractor without a corresponding change in the scope of the work; or

 

(3) The listed MBE/WBE has committed a material default or breach of its contract with the contractor; or

 

(4) Requirements of the scope of work of the contract have changed and render subcontracting not feasible or not feasible at the levels required by the goals established for the contract; or

 

(5) The listed MBE/WBE is unacceptable to the contracting department; or

 

(6) The listed MBE/WBE thereafter had its certification revoked; or

 

(7) The bidder, proposer or contractor has not attempted intentionally to evade the requirements of this Article and it is in the best interests of the City to allow a modification or substitution.

 

(b) If there is an increase in the quantity of the scope of work performed by an MBE/WBE, contractor shall make good faith efforts to use such MBE/WBE for the increased work. If extra work not within the general scope of the contract and in excess of $117,000.00 is required, the Director shall assign MBE/WBE goals for the extra work, if appropriate, and the contractor shall make good faith efforts under the circumstances to achieve those goals.

 

(c) Bid shopping is prohibited. 

 

Sec. 38-95. Contract award process.

 

(a) Whenever a bidder or proposer has submitted a bid or proposal that is not in material compliance with the requirements of this Article, the contracting department or agency shall reject the bid or proposal unless the goals are waived pursuant to section 38-91(b).

 

(b) If, after a contract is awarded, it is determined that a solicitation or award is in violation of this Article, the contractor may continue performance if the department director of agency head makes a written determination that it is in the best interests of the City or the agency, without prejudice to any other legal remedies available to it under the contract.

 

Sec. 38-96. Liquidated damages.

 

All contracts which contain goals shall contain a provision which provides for liquidated damages in the event the contractor fails to achieve the MBE/WBE participation specified in the Contractor Utilization Plan as finally approved by the Director. The liquidated damages may not exceed the difference between the monetary amount of the MBE/WBE participation finally approved by the Director and the amount actually paid to qualified MBEs and WBEs.

 

Sec. 38-97. Fairness in city contracts board.

 

(a) There is hereby established a Fairness in City Contracts Board. The Board may make recommendations to the Director on methodology to increase the utilization of MBEs/WBEs in professional services contracts, other services contracts, goods, materials and supplies contracts.

 

(b) Board composition. The Board shall be composed of seven members (including a chairperson) and six alternates, all appointed by the Mayor. Members of the City Council and employees of the City are ineligible for appointment. 

 

(c) Board members and alternates shall be residents of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 
(d) Board members serving as of the effective date of this ordinance shall retain their seats until December 1, 2007, after which they shall vacate their seats if not reappointed by the Mayor. As of December 1, 2007, appointments shall be made as follows:

 

(1) Four members (including a chairperson) and three alternates shall be appointed by the Mayor for a period of four years, but in no event shall their initial terms extend beyond December 1, 2011.

 

(2) Three members and three alternates shall be appointed by the Mayor for a period of two years, but in no event shall their initial terms extend beyond December 1, 2009.

 

(3) All members appointed subsequent to the initial appointments provided for in subsections (d)(1) and (d)(2) of this section shall serve for a period of four years.

 

(e) Alternates. In the event a Board member is unable to attend a meeting or has a conflict of interest with regard to an issue at hand, the alternate shall temporarily serve in such member's stead. It is the Board member's responsibility to notify his or her alternate that they may be needed at the meeting. The term of an alternate shall expire at the expiration of the term of the Board member.

 

(f) In the event the chairperson is not in attendance at any Board meeting, a majority of Board members shall select a member to act as chairperson for that meeting.

 

(g) The Board is hereby authorized to establish its own rules and regulations to implement this charge.

 

Sec. 38-98. Fairness in construction board.

 

(a) There is hereby established the Kansas City Fairness in Construction Board. The Board's jurisdiction is limited to City construction bids, proposals and contracts in which the estimated cost thereof is more than $323,000.00. The Board's authority is limited to setting goals for each such city contract and hearing and investigating appeals set forth in section 38-99 hereof arising from bids, proposals and contracts under its jurisdiction.

 

(b) Board composition: The Board shall be composed of seven members and six alternates appointed by the Mayor, as follows:

 

(1) One member and one alternate recommended by the Builders' Association;

 

(2) One member and one alternate recommended by the Heavy Constructors' Association;

 

(3) One member and one alternate recommended by the Minority Contractors' Association of Kansas City;

 

(4) One member and one alternate recommended by the Kansas City Hispanic Association Contractors Enterprise, Inc.;

 

(5) One member and one alternate recommended jointly by the Women Construction Owners and Executives and National Association of Women in Construction;

 

(6) One member and one alternate jointly recommended by the Heavy Constructors Association and Builders Association;

 

(7) Chairperson appointed by the Mayor and submitted to the entities named in section 38-98(b)(1)-(b)(6) for approval. Any one of the named entities can veto the Mayor's submission and require another submission.

 

 

 
(c) The terms of all Board members shall be for a period of four years. Board members serving as of the effective date of this ordinance shall retain their seats for the remainder of their unexpired terms, after which they shall vacate their seats if not reappointed by the Mayor.

 

(d) Alternates. In the event a Board member is unable to attend a meeting of the Board or has a conflict of interest with regard to a particular contract or issue, the alternate shall temporarily serve in such member's stead. The term of an alternate shall expire at the expiration of the term of the Board member.

 

(e) Ineligible for appointment. The following are ineligible to serve on the fairness in construction board:

 

(1) Staff or board members of the entities named in section 38-98(b)(1)-(b)(6);

 

(2) Members of the City Council;

 

(3) Employees of the City.

 

(4) Non-residents of the City, unless the non-resident works in the City.

 

(f) Conflict of interest. In the event a Board member has a conflict of interest in a contract or issue that comes before the Board, the elected member shall be temporarily replaced by the alternate. In the event an alternate has a conflict of interest in a bid, contract or issue that comes before the Board, the alternate shall recuse himself.

 

(g) In the event the chairperson is not in attendance at any Board meeting, a majority of Board members shall select a member to act as chairman for that meeting.

 

(h) Quorum. Four members of the Board shall constitute a minimum quorum unless otherwise increased by Board rules.

 

Sec. 38-99. Responsibilities of the fairness in construction board.

 

(a) Goal setting. Prior to release for bid, the department and appropriate City staff shall present to the Board recommended MBE/WBE goals for each proposed construction contract. The Board shall determine whether any goals are appropriate and, if so, shall set the goals in conformance with section 38-88 hereof. The goals shall be included in the bid specifications.

 

(b) Any bidder or proposer on a City construction project that has an estimated cost of over $323,000.00 may appeal to the Board any recommendations by the Director concerning the following issues:

 

(1) Waiver of the individual contract goals pursuant to section 38-91(a);

 

(2) Substitution for an MBE/WBE listed on a Contractor Utilization Plan prior to bid award pursuant to section 38-94;

 

 

 
(3) Modification of the percentage of the participation on a Contractor Utilization Plan prior to bid award pursuant to section 38-94;

 

(4) Award of a contract to or continued performance by a person who has violated this Article.

 

(c) Any contractor on a City construction contract over $323,000.00 may appeal to the Board from determinations or recommendations of the Director concerning the following issues:

 

(1) Determinations of MBE/WBE contract credit towards meeting the percentage of MBE/WBE participation in the Contractor Utilization Plan;

 

(2) Recommendations to assess liquidated damages;

 

(3) Determinations to approve or deny a substitution for an MBE/WBE listed on a Contractor Utilization Plan pursuant to section 38-94;

 

(4) Determinations to approve or deny modifications of the percentage of the participation on a Contractor Utilization Plan pursuant to section 38-94.

 

(d) Any person who has applied for MBE/WBE certification, who has not applied for DBE certification and has been denied certification by the Director may appeal the denial to the Board subject to the provisions of section 38-100.4(r)

 

(e) Appeals shall be made to the Fairness in Construction Board by filing with the Director within ten working days after notice of the Director's determination or recommendation appealed from, a written request for review by the Board, stating the grounds of such appeal with specificity. The Director shall promptly forward to the chairperson and members of the Board a copy of any appeal.

 

(f) Failure to file a timely appeal shall constitute a waiver of the right of a bidder, proposer or contractor to appeal the Director's recommendation or determination and such person shall be estopped to deny the validity of any order, recommendation, determination or action which could have been timely appealed.

 

(g) Authority of Board. The Board shall hold a hearing within ten working days of the date of filing of the appeal. The Board shall have authority to investigate appeals, rejecting those it determines to be frivolous and without merit. The Board shall have the power to inquire into all the facts and circumstances of appeals within its jurisdiction and may hold investigative hearings for such purpose. The Board shall have the authority to issue advisory opinions concerning appeals of the Director's recommendations to the appropriate committee of the City Council, including making recommendation that the City reverse, affirm or modify recommendations of the Director concerning the issues set forth in subsections (b) and (c) hereof. The Board may reverse, affirm or modify determinations of the Director set forth in subsections (b) and (c) hereof. The Board shall issue a written report of its opinion or determination within ten days of the start of the hearing. The report will be filed with the appropriate committee of the City Council. The Board's decisions on recommendations of the Director are advisory and are not binding on the City Council.

 

(h) Intervention. A bidder who has been declared an apparent successful bidder shall have the right to intervene in any appeal filed on that project. Any bidder, proposer or contractor whose interests will be affected by any appeal may be permitted by the Board to intervene in the appeal.

 

(i) For purposes of this section only, "bidder" shall mean any person who submits to the City or an agency in response to an invitation for bid, a competitive bid that is opened and read aloud.

 

(j) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, a bidder shall have the right to seek and the Board shall have the authority to issue advisory opinions as set forth in subsection (g) to the City Council even when the City rejects any and all bids and regardless of whether the contract is awarded.

 

 

 
(k) In the event an appeal is pending before the Fairness in Construction Board and the project is presented to the City Council for consideration prior to the Board's issuance of an advisory opinion, the City Council shall be notified by including in the fact sheet that there is an appeal pending before the Board and that the Board requests the City Council to delay award of the project until after the Board issues its advisory opinion.

 

(l) Any bidder, proposer or contractor may notify the Board of the Director's failure to make a determination or recommendation or take action within the time required by this Article and the Board has the authority to inquire into the circumstances of the matter.

 

Sec. 38-100.1 Procedures for construction contracts

 

The following shall apply to construction contracts in which the estimated cost thereof is more than $323,000.00:

 

(1) Bid submissions. Bidders shall submit an Affidavit of Intended Utilization with their bid.

 

(2) Forty-eight hour submissions. Bidders shall submit the following within 48 hours after bid opening:

 

a.

 

 
A notarized Contractor Utilization Plan in conformance with section 38-89 hereof; and

 

b. Letters of Intent to Subcontract; and

 

c. A request for waiver of the contract goals pursuant to section 38-91(a) if the bidder failed to meet or exceed the goals.

 

(3) The apparent successful bidder shall submit documentation of good faith efforts made prior to 48 hours after bid opening when requested by the City or the agency. The Director is authorized to extend the 48 hour deadline for the Letters of Intent to Subcontract but not the deadline for submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan.

 

(4) A notarized affidavit certifying actual MBE/WBE participation in the contract, including the names of such MBE/WBEs and the participation amount, and a certification that all MBE/WBE subcontractors and other subcontractor have been paid must be submitted by the contractor prior to the Citys release of retainage under the contract.

 

(5) Any increase in the amount of MBE/WBE participation after submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan shall not count toward meeting the contract goals, unless otherwise permitted under section 38-94 hereof.

 

(6) Bid shopping is prohibited

 

Sec. 38-100.2 Procedures for all other contracts.

 

The following procedures shall apply to all contracts not covered by section 38-100.1, and for which goals have been established:

 

(1) For contracts awarded pursuant to competitive bidding, bidders shall submit an Affidavit of Intended Utilization with their bid. Within 48 hours after bid opening, they shall submit the following additional documentation:

 

a.

 

 
A notarized contractor utilization plan in conformance with section 38-89 hereof; and

 

b. Letters of Intent to Subcontract; and

 

c. A request for waiver of contract goals pursuant to section 38-91(a), if the bidder failed to meet or exceed the goals.

 

(2) For contracts awarded pursuant to requests for proposals, proposers shall submit an Affidavit of Intended Utilization with their proposal. Prior to the award of any contract, they shall submit the following additional documentation:

 

a. A notarized contractor utilization plan in conformance with section 38-89 hereof; and

 

b. Letters of Intent to Subcontract; and

 

c. A request for waiver of the contract goals pursuant to section 38-91(a) if the proposer fails to meet or exceed the goals.

 

(3) Documentation of good faith efforts shall be submitted when requested by the City or the agency. The Director is authorized to extend the 48 hour deadline for the Letters of Intent to Subcontract but not the deadline for submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan.

 

(4) Any increase in the amount of MBE/WBE participation after submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan shall not count toward meeting the contract goals, unless otherwise permitted under section 38-94 hereof. Timely submission of the Contractor Utilization Plan is a material element of the bid submission.

 

Sec. 38-100.3 Contract Monitoring for City Contracts

 

(a) The Contractor shall provide the following information, in a format prescribed by the Director, on or before the 15th day of each month during the term of the contract:

 

(1) The general contract amount; and

 

(2) The total amount paid by the City to date; and

 

(3)               The amount paid to each MBE/WBE that was listed on the Contractor Utilization Plan; and

 

(4) The completion date for the contract.

 

(b) The contractor shall submit additional documentation that is requested by the Director to verify, or clarify information previously submitted.

 

Sec. 38-100.4 Certification and Appeals

 

 

 
(a) To ensure that this Article benefits only MBEs and WBEs that are owned and controlled by bona fide minorities and women, the Director shall certify MBEs and WBEs and Mentor/ Protgs who wish to participate in the program. Any person not certified by the Human Relations Department shall not be regarded as a MBE, WBE, or mentor/protg program under this Article.

 

(b) Each person that seeks certification as an MBE/WBE must demonstrate by written documentation or affidavit that it has suffered from past race or gender discrimination in the City and in the applicable trade or industry. A unified certification process (UCP) certificate, a Missouri Highway and Transportation Department certification or a Kansas Department of Transportation certification along with the documentation stated in this subsection, is sufficient for certification as a DBE so long as the firm has never been denied certification by any federal, state or local authority at any time and meets the definition of section 38-84(20), and the requirements of this section.

 

(c) Each person that seeks certification as an MBE/WBE in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area must demonstrate the business enterprise has a real and substantial presence. After the effective date of this provision, any business enterprise shall be deemed to have a real and substantial presence in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area if:

 

(1) The firms principal office or place of business is in the Kansas City Metropolitan area; and

 

(2) The firm maintains full-time employees in one or more of the firms offices within the Kansas City Metropolitan area to conduct or solicit business in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area the majority of their working time; and

 

(3) The firm has transacted business more than once in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area within the last three (3) years; and

 

(4) The firm has been in existence in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area at least one year prior to application for participation in the MBE/WBE program.

 

(5) If a MBE/WBE does not have a real and substantial presence in the Kansas City Metropolitan area as specified under subsection (c)(a) through (c)(4), the firm shall remain certified until their certification expires. After the firms certification expires, the firm must meet the requirements of subsection (c)(1) through (c)(4) to be recertified.

 

(d) All applicants and certified businesses shall be subject to an audit by the Director at any time. An applicant's or certified business' refusal to facilitate an audit shall be grounds for denial of its certification application or revocation of its certification.

 

(e) All applicants and certified businesses shall be required to demonstrate and prove that the business has the skill and expertise to perform as a subcontractor in the particular area of work for which it is requesting listing or is listed on the M/W/DBE Kansas City, Mo. Online Directory.

 

(f) All applicants and certified businesses shall submit such information or documentation as may be required by the Director in connection with its certification as an MBE or WBE, including, but not limited to current licenses and federal, state and local tax returns and schedules (business and personal), and all other forms that are required to be included with or attached to the return at the time of filing. Failure to submit such information or documentation shall result in the denial of its certification application or revocation of its certification.

 

 

 
(g) A certification application may be withdrawn by an applicant without prejudice at any time prior to an on-site audit. All applications and documentation submitted to support an application will not be returned to the applicant. Following the withdrawal of a certification application, the applicant may not reapply for certification for a period of one (1) year from the date of withdrawal of the application.

 

(h) Burden of proof in the certification process. The firm seeking certification has the burden of demonstrating to the Director, by a preponderance of the evidence, that it meets all the requirements for certification. The Director shall make determinations concerning whether individuals and firms have met their burden of demonstrating minority and woman status, business size, expertise, commercially useful function, ownership, management, independence and control by considering all the facts in the record, viewed as a whole.

 

(i) Determination of minority and woman status. If the Director has reason to question whether an individual is a minority or woman, the Director shall require the individual to demonstrate, by a preponderance of the evidence, that he or she is a minority or woman. In making such a determination, the Director must consider whether the person has held himself or herself out to be a minority or woman over a long period of time prior to application for certification and whether the person is regarded as such by the relevant community. Evidence of active participation in relevant community organizations will be considered in such determinations. The Director may require the applicant to produce appropriate documentation.

 

(j) Business size determinations. To be a MBE/WBE, a firm (including its affiliates) must be an existing and currently functioning small business. The Director shall apply current SBA business size standard(s) found in 13 CFR part 121.201 appropriate to the type(s) of work the firm seeks to perform.

 

(k) Personal net worth thresholds. To be a MBE/WBE, each individual owner of a firm applying for MBE/WBE certification whose ownership and control is relied upon for MBE/WBE certification must have a personal net worth that does not exceed $750,000.00 and must meet all Federal personal net worth regulations for DBE certification, including but not limited to the following:

 

(1) Each individual owner of a firm applying to participate as a MBE/WBE and whose ownership interest is relied upon for MBE/WBE certification must submit a signed, notarized statement of personal net worth with appropriate supporting documentation that each individual owner has a personal net worth that does not exceed $750,000.00. In determining personal net worth, an individuals ownership interest in the applicant firm and the individuals equity in his/her primary residence (except any portion of such equity that is attributable to excessive withdrawals from the applicant firm) will be excluded.

 

(2) In determining personal net worth, any assets which an individual owner has transferred to an immediate family member, trust, or beneficiary within the prior one (1) year of the concerns application may be attributed to that individual owner.

 

(3) The Director may require the individual owner to produce additional information relevant to the determination of his/her personal net worth.

 

(l) Determination of ownership. In determining whether the minority or women participants in a firm own the firm, the Director shall consider all the facts in the record, viewed as a whole.

 

 

 
(1) To be an MBE/WBE, a firm must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more minority and women individuals, reflected as follows:

 

a. In the case of a corporation, such individuals must own at least 51 percent of each class of voting stock outstanding and 51 percent of the aggregate of all stock outstanding.

 

b. In the case of a partnership, 51 percent of each class of partnership interest must be owned by minority and women. Such ownership must be reflected in the firm's partnership agreement.

 

c. In the case of a limited liability company, at least 51 percent of each class of member interest must be owned by the minority and women individuals.

 

(2) The firm's ownership by minority or women must be real, substantial, and continuing, going beyond pro forma ownership of the firm as reflected in ownership documents. The minority or women owners must enjoy the customary incidents of ownership, and share in the risks and profits commensurate with their ownership interests, as demonstrated by the substance, not merely the form, of arrangements.

 

(3) All securities that constitute ownership of a firm shall be held directly by the minorities or women. Except as provided in this subsection (3), no securities or assets held in trust, or by any guardian for a minor, are considered as held by minority or women individuals in determining the ownership of a firm. However, securities or assets held in trust are regarded as held by a minority or woman for purposes of determining ownership of the firm, if:

 

a. The beneficial owner of securities or assets held in trust is a minority or woman, and the trustee is the same or another such individual; or

 

b. The beneficial owner of a trust is a minority or woman who, rather than the trustee, exercises effective control over the management, policy-making, and daily operational activities of the firm. Assets held in a revocable living trust may be counted only in the situation where the same minority or woman is the sole grantor, beneficiary, and trustee.

 

(4) The contributions of capital or expertise by the minority or women owners to acquire their ownership interests must be real and substantial. Examples of insufficient contributions include a promise to contribute capital, an unsecured note payable to the firm or an owner who is not a disadvantaged individual, or mere participation in a firm's activities as an employee. Debt instruments from financial institutions or other organizations that lend funds in the normal course of their business do not render a firm ineligible, even if the debtor's ownership interest is security for the loan.

 

(5) In situations where expertise is relied upon as part of a minority or woman owner's contribution to acquire ownership:

 

a. The owner's expertise must be:

 

i. In a specialized field;

 

ii. In areas critical to the firm's operations;

 

iii. Indispensable to the firm's potential success;

 

iv. Specific to the type of work the firm performs; and

 

v. Documented in the records of the firm. These records must clearly show the contribution of expertise and its value to the firm.

 

b. The individual whose expertise is relied upon must have a significant financial investment in the firm.

 

(6) The Director shall always deem as held by a minority or woman individual, for purposes of determining ownership, all interests in a business or other assets obtained by the individual:

 

 

 
a. As the result of a final property settlement or court order in a divorce or legal separation, provided that no term or condition of the agreement or divorce decree is inconsistent with this section; or

 

b. Through inheritance, or otherwise because of the death of the former owner.

 

(7) Presumptions regarding interests obtained without consideration

 

a. The Director shall presume as not being held by a minority or woman individuals, for purposes of determining ownership, all interests in a business or other assets obtained by the individual as the result of a gift, or transfer without adequate consideration, from any non-minority or male individual or non-MBE/WBE firm who is:

 

i. Involved in the same firm for which the individual is seeking certification, or an affiliate of that firm; or

 

ii. Involved in the same or a similar line of business; or

 

iii. Engaged in an ongoing business relationship with the firm, or an affiliate of the firm, for which the individual is seeking certification.

 

b. To overcome this presumption and permit the interests or assets to be counted, the minority or woman individual must demonstrate to the Director, by clear and convincing evidence, that:

 

i. The gift or transfer to the disadvantaged individual was made for reasons other than obtaining certification as a MBE/WBE; and

 

ii. The minority or woman individual actually controls the management, policy, and operations of the firm, notwithstanding the continuing participation of non-minority or male individual or non-MBE/WBE firm who provided the gift or transfer.

 

(8) The Director shall apply the following rules in situations in which marital assets form a basis for ownership of a firm:

 

a. When marital assets (other than the assets of the business in question), held jointly or as community property by both spouses, are used to acquire the ownership interest asserted by one spouse, the Director shall deem the ownership interest in the firm to have been acquired by that spouse with his or her own individual resources, provided that the other spouse irrevocably renounces and transfers all rights in the ownership interest in the manner sanctioned by the laws of the state in which either spouse or the firm is domiciled. The Director shall not count a greater portion of joint or community property assets toward ownership than state law would recognize as belonging to the minority or woman owner of the applicant firm.

 

b. A copy of the document legally transferring and renouncing the other spouse's rights in the jointly owned or community assets used to acquire an ownership interest in the firm must be included as part of the firm's application for MBE/WBE certification.

 

(9) The Director may consider the following factors in determining the ownership of a firm. However, the Director must not regard a contribution of capital as failing to be real and substantial, or find a firm ineligible, solely because:

 

a. A minority or woman individual acquired his or her ownership interest as the result of a gift, or transfer without adequate consideration, other than the types set forth in subsection (7) of this section;

 

b. There is a provision for the co-signature of a spouse who is not a minority or woman individual on financing agreements, contracts for the purchase or sale of real or personal property, bank signature cards, or other documents; or

 

c. Ownership of the firm in question or its assets is transferred for adequate consideration from a spouse who is not a minority or woman to a spouse who is such an individual. In this case, the Director must give particularly close and careful scrutiny to the ownership and control of a firm to ensure that it is owned and controlled, in substance as well as in form, by a minority or woman individual.

 

 

 
(m) Determinations concerning control. In determining whether the minority or women owners control a firm, the Director must consider all the facts in the record, viewed as a whole.

 

(1) Only an independent business may be certified as a MBE/WBE. An independent business is one the viability of which does not depend on its relationship with another firm or firms.

 

a. In determining whether a potential MBE/WBE is an independent business, the Director must scrutinize relationships with non-MBE/WBE firms, in such areas as personnel, facilities, equipment, financial and/or bonding support, and other resources.

 

b. The Director must consider whether present or recent employer/employee relationships between the minority or woman owner(s) of the potential MBE/WBE and non-MBE/WBE firms or persons associated with non-MBE/WBE firms compromise the independence of the potential MBE/WBE firm.

 

c. The Director must examine the firm's relationships with prime contractors to determine whether a pattern of exclusive or primary dealings with a prime contractor compromises the independence of the potential MBE/WBE firm.

 

d. In considering factors related to the independence of a potential MBE/WBE firm, the Director must consider the consistency of relationships between the potential MBE/WBE and non-MBE/WBE firms with normal industry practice.

 

(2) A MBE/WBE firm must not be subject to any formal or informal restrictions which limit the customary discretion of the minority or women owners. There can be no restrictions through corporate charter provisions, by-law provisions, contracts or any other formal or informal devices (e.g., cumulative voting rights, voting powers attached to different classes of stock, employment contracts, requirements for concurrence by non-disadvantaged partners, conditions precedent or subsequent, executory agreements, voting trusts, restrictions on or assignments of voting rights) that prevent the minority or women owners, without the cooperation or vote of any non-minority or male, from making any business decision of the firm. This paragraph does not preclude a spousal co-signature on documents.

 

(3) The minority and women owners must possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm and to make day-to-day as well as long-term decisions on matters of management, policy and operations.

 

a. A minority or women owner must hold the highest officer position in the company (e.g., chief executive officer or president).

 

b. In a corporation, minority or women owners must control the board of directors.

 

c. In a partnership, one or more minorities or women owners must serve as general partners, with control over all partnership decisions.

 

(4) Individuals who are not minorities or women may be involved in a MBE/WBE firm as owners, managers, employees, stockholders, officers, and/or directors. Such individuals must not, however, possess or exercise the power to control the firm, or be disproportionately responsible for the operation of the firm.

 

(5) The minority and women owners of the firm may delegate various areas of the management, policymaking, or daily operations of the firm to other participants in the firm, regardless of whether these participants are minority or women. Such delegations of authority must be revocable, and the minority and women owners must retain the power to hire and fire any person to whom such authority is delegated. The managerial role of the minority and women owners in the firm's overall affairs must be such that the recipient can reasonably conclude that the minority and women owners actually exercise control over the firm's operations, management, and policy.

 

 

 
(6) The minority and women owners must have an overall understanding of, and managerial and technical competence and experience directly related to, the type of business in which the firm is engaged and the firm's operations. The minority and women owners are not required to have experience or expertise in every critical area of the firm's operations, or to have greater experience or expertise in a given field than managers or key employees. The minority and women owners must have the expertise, technical competence, and ability to intelligently and critically evaluate information presented by other participants in the firm's activities and to use this information to make independent decisions concerning the firm's daily operations, management, and policymaking. Generally, expertise limited to office management, administration, or bookkeeping functions unrelated to the principal business activities of the firm is insufficient to demonstrate control.

 

(7) If state or local law requires the persons to have a particular license or other credential in order to own and/or control a certain type of firm, then the minority or women persons who own and control a potential MBE/WBE firm of that type must possess the required license or credential. If state or local law does not require such a person to have such a license or credential to own and/or control a firm, the Director must not deny certification solely on the ground that the person lacks the license or credential. However, the Director may take into account the absence of the license or credential as one factor in determining whether the minority or women owners actually control the firm.

 

(8) a. The Director may consider differences in remuneration between the minority and women owners and other participants in the firm in determining whether to certify a firm as a MBE/WBE. Such consideration shall be in the context of the duties of the persons involved, normal industry practices, the firm's policy and practice concerning reinvestment of income, and any other explanations for the differences proffered by the firm. The Director may determine that a firm is controlled by its minority or woman owner although that owner's remuneration is lower than that of some other participants in the firm.

 

b. In a case where a non-minority or non-woman individual formerly controlled the firm, and a minority or women individual now controls it, the Director may consider a difference between the remuneration of the former and current controller of the firm as a factor in determining who controls the firm, particularly when the non-minority or non-woman individual remains involved with the firm and continues to receive greater compensation than the minority or woman individual.

 

(9) In order to be viewed as controlling a firm, a minority or woman owner cannot engage in outside employment or other business interests that conflict with the management of the firm or prevent the individual from devoting sufficient time and attention to the affairs of the firm to control its activities. For example, absentee ownership of a business and part-time work in a full-time firm are not viewed as constituting control. However, an individual could be viewed as controlling a part-time business that operates only on evenings and/or weekends, if the individual controls it all the time it is operating.

 

 

 
(10) a. A minority or woman individual may control a firm even though one or more of the individual's immediate family members (who themselves are not minorities or women) participate in the firm as a manager, employee, owner, or in another capacity. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the Director must make a judgment about the control the minority or woman owner exercises vis-a-vis other persons involved in the business as in other situations, without regard to whether or not the other persons are immediate family members.

 

b. If the Director cannot determine that the minority or woman owners--as distinct from the family as a whole--control the firm, then the minority or woman owners have failed to carry their burden of proof concerning control, even though they may participate significantly in the firm's activities.

 

(11) Where a firm was formerly owned and/or controlled by a non-minority or non-woman individual (whether or not an immediate family member), ownership and/or control were transferred to a minority or woman individual, and the non-minority or non-woman individual remains involved with the firm in any capacity, the minority or woman individual now owning the firm must demonstrate to the Director, by clear and convincing evidence, that:

 

a. The transfer of ownership and/or control to the minority or woman individual was made for reasons other than obtaining certification as a MBE/WBE; and

 

b. The minority or woman individual actually controls the management, policy, and operations of the firm, notwithstanding the continuing participation of a non-minority or non-woman individual who formerly owned and/or controlled the firm.

 

(12) In determining whether a firm is controlled by its minority or women owners, the Director shall consider whether the firm owns equipment necessary to perform its work. However, the Director must not determine that a firm is not controlled by minority or women individuals solely because the firm leases, rather than owns, such equipment, where leasing equipment is a normal industry practice and the lease does not involve a relationship with a prime contractor or other party that compromises the independence of the firm.

 

(13) The Director shall grant certification to a firm only for specific types of work in which they are currently functioning and in which the minority or women owners have the ability to control the firm. To become certified in an additional type of work, the firm needs to demonstrate to the Director that its minority or women owners are able to control the firm with respect to that type of work. The Director may not, in this situation, require that the firm be recertified or submit a new application for certification, but must verify the minority or women owner's control of the firm in the additional type of work.

 

(14) A business operating under a franchise or license agreement may be certified if it meets the standards in this subpart and the franchiser or licenser is not affiliated with the franchisee or licensee. In determining whether affiliation exists, the Director should generally not consider the restraints relating to standardized quality, advertising, accounting format, and other provisions imposed on the franchisee or licensee by the franchise agreement or license, provided that the franchisee or licensee has the right to profit from its efforts and bears the risk of loss commensurate with ownership. Alternatively, even though a franchisee or licensee may not be controlled by virtue of such provisions in the franchise agreement or license, affiliation could arise through other means, such as common management or excessive restrictions on the sale or transfer of the franchise interest or license.

 

 

 
(15) In order for a partnership to be controlled by minority or women individuals, any non-minority or non-women partners must not have the power, without the specific written concurrence of the minority or women partner(s), to contractually bind the partnership or subject the partnership to contract or tort liability.

 

(16) The minority or women individuals controlling a firm may use a professional and commercial employee leasing company. The use of such a company does not preclude the minority or woman individuals from controlling their firm if they continue to maintain an employer-employee relationship with the leased employees. This includes being responsible for hiring, firing, training, assigning, and otherwise controlling the on-the-job activities of the employees, as well as ultimate responsibility for wage and tax obligations related to the employees.

 

(17) The Director may consider, in making certification decisions, whether a firm has exhibited a pattern of conduct indicating its involvement in attempts to evade or subvert the intent or requirements of the MBE/WBE program.

 

(18) The Director shall evaluate the eligibility of a firm on the basis of present circumstances. The Director shall not refuse to certify a firm based solely on historical information indicating a lack of ownership or control of the firm by the minorities or women at some time in the past, if the firm currently meets the ownership, management, independence, and control standards of this part.

 

(19) MBE/WBE firms and firms seeking MBE/WBE certification shall cooperate fully with the Director's requests (and DOT requests) for information relevant to the certification process. Failure or refusal to provide such information is a ground for a denial or removal of certification.

 

(20) An eligible MBE/WBE firm must be owned by individuals who are minorities and women. Except as provided in this paragraph, a firm that is not owned by such individuals, but instead is owned by another firm--even an MBE/WBE firm--cannot be an eligible MBE/WBE.

 

a. If the minorities or women own and control a firm through a parent or holding company, established for tax, capitalization or other purposes consistent with industry practice, and the parent or holding company in turn owns and controls an operating subsidiary, the Director may certify the subsidiary if it otherwise meets all requirements of this section. In this situation, the individual owners and controllers of the parent or holding company are deemed to control the subsidiary through the parent or holding company.

 

b.                  The Director may certify such a subsidiary only if there is cumulatively 51 percent ownership of the subsidiary by the minority and women individuals. The following examples illustrate how this cumulative ownership provision works:

 

Example 1:  Minority and women individuals own 100 percent of a holding company, which has a wholly-owned subsidiary. The subsidiary may be certified, if it meets all other requirements. 

 

Example 2:  Minority and women individuals own 100 percent of the holding company, which owns 51 percent of a subsidiary. The subsidiary may be certified, if all other requirements are met. 

 

Example 3:  Minority and women individuals own 80 percent of the holding company, which in turn owns 70 percent of a subsidiary. In this case, the cumulative ownership of the subsidiary by minority and women individuals is 56 percent (80 percent of the 70 percent). This is more than 51 percent, so the Director may certify the subsidiary, if all other requirements are met. 

 

 

 
Example 4:  Same as Example 2 or 3, but someone other than minorities or women owners of the parent or holding company controls the subsidiary. Even though the subsidiary is owned by minority or women individuals, through the holding or parent company, the Director cannot certify it because it fails to meet control requirements. 

 

Example 5:  Minority or women individuals own 60 percent of the holding company, which in turn owns 51 percent of a subsidiary. In this case, the cumulative ownership of the subsidiary by minority or women individuals is about 31 percent. This is less than 51 percent, so the Director cannot certify the subsidiary. 

 

Example 6:  The holding company, in addition to the subsidiary seeking certification, owns several other companies. The combined gross receipts of the holding companies and its subsidiaries are greater than the size standard for the subsidiary seeking certification and/or the gross receipts cap. Under the rules concerning affiliation, the subsidiary fails to meet the size standard and cannot be certified. 

 

(21) Recognition of a business as a separate entity for tax or corporate purposes is not necessarily sufficient to demonstrate that a firm is an independent business, owned and controlled by minority and women individuals.

 

(n) An MBE/WBE's certification shall expire three years from the date of certification effective immediately. An application for renewal shall be submitted on forms provided by the Director. The Director is authorized to require MBE/WBE's firms to submit yearly updates of information including, but not limited to, current licenses and federal, state and local tax returns and schedules (business and personal), and all other forms that are required to be included with or attached to the return at the time of filing.

 

(o) Once certified, a MBE/WBE must notify the Department in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of any change(s) in circumstances affecting the firms ability to meet ownership, control, or size requirements or any material change(s) in the information provided in the certification application process. The statement must include supporting documentation describing in detail the nature of such changes. Changes in management responsibility among members of a limited liability company are also covered by this requirement. If the MBE/WBE fails to make timely notification of such change(s), it will be deemed to have failed to cooperate and certification may be revoked.

 

(p) The Director shall safeguard information that reasonably may be regarded as confidential business information from disclosure to unauthorized persons consistent with federal, state and local law.

 

(q) If the United States Department of Transportation changes the requirements for certifications, the City Council shall re-examine the certification requirements imposed by this section.

 

 

 
(r) Appeals of denials of certification

 

(1) If the City denies a request for MBE/WBE certification from a firm which is not currently certified by the City, then the firm shall be ineligible to reapply for MBE/WBE certification for two (2) years from the later of the date of the denial of certification or the final date of any decision on an appeal.

 

(2) Persons who have applied for DBE certification in conjunction with MBE/WBE certification and have been denied MBE/WBE certification or who have had their MBE/WBE certification revoked by the Department may be reinstated if the reason(s) for denial or revocation is solely for MBE/WBE certification criteria equivalent to the DBE certification criteria and they successfully appeal their DBE certification and otherwise fulfill the requirements for MBE/WBE certification.

 

(3) Persons who have applied for MBE/WBE certification and who have not applied for DBE status may appeal to the Fairness in Construction Board, except as provided in (4) of this subsection.

 

(4) In circumstances where a certified firm has failed to submit required documentation, failed to meet their burden of demonstrating minority and woman status, failed to demonstrate real and substantial presence, or exceeded business size standards, there will be no administrative re-consideration of a denial of MBE/WBE certification

 

(s) Appeals of revocations of certification.

 

(1) In circumstances where a certified firm has failed to submit required documentation, failed to meet their burden of demonstrating minority and woman status, failed to demonstrate real and substantial presence, or exceeded business size standards, there will be no administrative re-consideration of a revocation of certification. Those circumstances include:

 

a. An MBE/WBE that has had its certification revoked for failure to submit the annual update required by this ordinance when due or within thirty (30) calendar days thereafter.

 

b. Upon the revocation of certification as an MBE/WBE/DBE or mentor/protg by the Department, the Director shall notify the affected party in writing by certified mail, setting forth the reason(s) for the revocation of certification. Except as provided in subsection (s)(1) above, any firm who has had certification as an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg revoked by the Department may appeal the decision by filing a written notice of appeal as designated by the Director within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the notice of the revocation of certification. The procedures applicable to any appeal shall be as follows:

 

1. The written notice of appeal must state the reason(s) for the appeal and include all supporting documentation to be considered for the appeal. The information or documentation submitted is limited to the issue(s) raised in the written notice of appeal. No new or additional documentation or information shall be considered for the appeal without a showing by the firm that it was not available or, through due diligence, could not have been made available. The written notice must specify whether the firm wishes to appeal in writing and/or appear personally for a hearing and if they intend to be accompanied by counsel.

 

2. Within ten (10) business days of receipt of the notice of appeal from the aggrieved party, the Director shall forward the notice to a designated neutral hearing officer. 

 

3. Within ten (10) business days from the date of receipt of the notice from the Director, the hearing officer shall set a hearing date. The hearing officer shall cause notice of the hearing to be served upon all parties by certified mail. Such notice shall set forth with particularity the charges filed by the aggrieved business and shall include the hearing date, time, and place.

 

 

 
4. At the hearing, all parties shall be provided a fair and impartial hearing and shall be allowed to make a presentation concerning the determination of noncompliance with the requirements of this Article or the revocation of certification as an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg. Legal counsel may accompany the firm during the hearing, speak on behalf of the firm, respond to questions, and otherwise make a presentation. Each owner will be limited to a period of fifteen (15) minutes to address the hearing officer, unless extended by the hearing officer for good cause. Reasonable accommodations will be made for those with disabilities and/or limited language proficiency. For the appeal, the burden of proof rests on the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg to show that the revocation of certification was improper.

 

5. The hearing officer shall, within fifteen (15) business days of the hearing or within (15) days of the deadline set by the hearing officer for the submission of any additional documentation, if applicable, make a written decision on the appeal, which decision shall affirm, alter, or reverse the revocation of certification by the Department. Written notice of the decision on the appeal shall be sent to all parties by certified mail setting forth the reasons for the decision.

 

6. If the hearing officer finds for the aggrieved party, as appropriate, the business shall be reinstated as an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg and added to the certification database maintained by the Department. The decision of the hearing officer shall be binding on all parties, subject to the right of appeal as provided by law.

 

7. The firm that receives a decision from the hearing officer upholding the revocation of certification is ineligible to reapply for MBE/WBE certification for two (2) years from the later of the date of the revocation of certification, or the final date of any court decision.

 

(c) Persons who have who have had their MBE/WBE certification revoked by the Department may be reinstated if the reason(s) for denial or revocation is solely for MBE/WBE certification criteria equivalent to the DBE certification criteria and they successfully appeal their DBE certification, and they otherwise fulfill the requirements for MBE/WBE certification. If a person was certified as a DBE, the person must follow the UCP appeal procedures and there is no City appeal.

 

(t) The appeal provided in subsection (s) of this section shall not apply to denials of certification as an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg. The Department may reconsider any decision to deny certification as an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg and may take into account such additional information as may be provided by the applicant.

 

 

 
(u) The Director is authorized to revoke MBE and WBE certification for cause. The certification of a person who has been debarred by the City in a debarment proceeding shall be automatically terminated or modified in a manner provided by the debarment ordinance. If an MBE/WBE has its DBE or MBE/WBE certification revoked by another governmental entity after a hearing, its MBE/WBE certification shall automatically be terminated with the City unless the MBE/WBE's certification was revoked for violating a certification requirement that is not a violation of the City's MBE/WBE certification requirements.

 

(v) MBE/WBE Program Graduation

 

(1) If an MBE or WBE has been certified by the City in more than one (1) North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or has an affiliate which has been certified by the City in a NAICS code other than that of the MBE or WBE, then the annual receipt level used as the graduation criterion for such MBE or WBE shall apply separately to each NAICS code for which the MBE or WBE and its affiliate have been certified subject to the business size standards in this ordinance. Such an MBE or WBE and any affiliate that has exceeded the graduation criteria in one (1) NAICS code shall be deemed to be graduated from the MBE/WBE contracting program as to that major group, and may continue to be certified in another NAICS code having a higher monetary graduation level but shall no longer be considered eligible to be or remain certified in the NAICS code with the lower size standard. An MBE or WBE that has exceeded the graduation criteria for the largest NAICS code applicable to its activities shall be deemed to be graduated from the MBE/WBE program for all purposes.

 

(2) The Department shall send a graduation determination letter which shall serve to notify the MBE or WBE that it has graduated from the MBE/WBE program. The mailing of the graduation determination letter shall trigger a three (3) year termination period. During the termination period, an MBE or WBE may bid and perform work to the same extent it was able to do so before graduation, and its utilization may be applied towards satisfaction of contract goals, if any, to the extent it is performing a commercially useful function corresponding to a NAICS code in which it was certified prior to graduation.

 

(3) The termination period shall expire three years from the date of mailing of the graduation determination letter. Any work bid by the graduated MBE or WBE after expiration of the termination period shall not be applied towards satisfaction of contract goals, if any. Any work performed by the graduated MBE or WBE after expiration of the termination period shall not be applied towards satisfaction of contract goals, if any, unless the work was commenced or is scheduled to commence pursuant to solicitation made prior to the expiration of the termination period.

 

(4) During the termination period, the MBE or WBE shall comply with the requirements of this Article to the same extent it was required to comply prior to graduation. A failure to do so may result in the reduction or elimination of the termination period.

 

(5) Application to affiliates. The graduation criteria set forth above shall be deemed to apply to the minorities or women upon whom eligibility for certification is based and all affiliates to such minorities and women. No business enterprise shall be certified based upon one (1) or more minorities or women who owned or who was an affiliate of an MBE or WBE which has become ineligible for renewed certification because of the achievement of graduation criteria.

 

Sec. 38-100.5. Duties and authority of director

 

(a) The Director is hereby authorized to establish rules and regulations to implement this Article.

 

(b) Notwithstanding any other section to the contrary, the Director is hereby authorized to establish rules and regulations to implement the Citys MBE/WBE program requirements into contracts that utilize alternative construction delivery methods pursuant to Section 2-1585, Code of Ordinances, or other alternative procurement or contracting methods if the contract would be subject to MBE/WBE goals under this Article. Except for cooperative agreements that involve construction, the Fairness in Construction Board shall set the MBE/WBE goals for construction contracts that utilize Section 2-1585, Code of Ordinances.

 

(c) The Director shall, in addition to any other duties specified herein:

 

(1) Administer and enforce this Article to ensure that MBE/WBEs have equal opportunity to participate in City contracts and subcontracts and work with all City department directors and agency heads to implement the City's MBE/WBE program; and

 

(2) Coordinate the establishment of MBE/WBE methodologies with all City departments and agencies including establishment of goals, except goals for construction contracts subject to section 38-88(c)(1) hereof, as may be appropriate to remedy underutilization of MBE/WBEs; and

 

(3) Update the M/W/DBE Kansas City Mo. Online Directory available to all bidders, proposers, the general public, City departments and agencies; and

 

(4) Assist City departments and agencies in finding qualified MBEs and WBEs to participate in contracts; and

 

(5) Identify appropriate participation opportunities for qualified MBEs and WBEs in contracts; and

 

(6) Publish an annual report for the City's fiscal year which states for each City department and agency:

 

a. The number of contracts awarded and the total contract dollars awarded pursuant to such contracts;

 

b. The number of prime contracts awarded to WBEs and MBEs as identified by race and/or ethnicity and the total dollars awarded and paid pursuant to such contracts;

 

 

 
c. The number of subcontracts awarded to WBEs and MBEs as identified by race and/or ethnicity and the total contract dollars awarded and paid pursuant to such contracts;

 

d. A summary of total waiver requests submitted that are granted or denied and the reasons for the grant or denial;

 

e. The number of MBE/WBE firms certified by race and/or ethnicity.

 

(7) Provide a compliance report to the City Manager within 30 days after the end of each quarter which shall include:

 

a. The total number of contracts awarded and the total contract dollar amount awarded pursuant to such contracts;

 

b. The number of contracts awarded to qualified MBEs as identified by race and/or ethnicity and WBEs and the total contract dollar amount awarded and paid pursuant to such contracts;

 

c. The Director of Human Relations evaluation of the City's progress toward meeting MBE/WBE utilization plans and any actions he or she intends to take to address any shortfall in meeting the goals established in such plans;

 

d. Any other information as may be required by the City Manager; and

 

(8) Develop and maintain relationships with organizations representing contractors, including minorities and women organizations, and solicit their support for the City's program; and

 

(9) Furnish staff assistance to the Fairness in Construction Board. This shall include but not be limited to providing to the Board within 30 days following the end of each quarter interim reports containing the information described in subsection (6) and such other reports and information as the Board, from time to time, may request; and

 

(10) Implement any federal or state minority business enterprise program required by law or federal or state contract; and

 

(11) Appoint a designated neutral hearing examiner for certification revocation hearings.

 

(d) To enable the Director to perform the duties assigned herein, all contractors and subcontractors shall give the Director access, at all reasonable times, to all books, papers, records, reports or accounts in possession of or under the control of such person, as may be necessary to ascertain compliance with this Article, and to furnish such further information as may be required of such person within ten working days of the date it is so requested in writing.

 

Sec. 38-100.6. Penalties for Non Compliance; no retaliation.

 

(a) Whenever a bidder, proposer or contractor has submitted a bid that is not in material compliance with the requirements of Article, the contracting department or agency shall reject the bid or proposal unless the goals are waived pursuant to section 38-91(b).

 

(b) The Director is authorized to recommend suspension, revocation, sanction or debarment of any contract or contractor, as appropriate, for providing false or misleading information to the Department, purposefully omitting or refusing to provide information requested by the Department, or otherwise violating any provision of this Article.

 

(c) The Director is authorized to suspend or revoke the certification of an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg, as appropriate, for providing false or misleading information to the Department, purposefully omitting or refusing to provide information requested by the Department, or otherwise violating any provision of this Article, without having to make a recommendation to any other person or department.

 

(d) Sanctions shall be imposed in conformity with any applicable federal, state or local laws. In determining whether to suspend or revoke the certification an MBE/WBE or mentor/protg, the Director shall consider the following factors:

 

(1) Whether the failure to comply with applicable requirements involved intentional conduct or, alternatively, may be reasonably concluded to have resulted from a misunderstanding on the part of the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg; and

 

(2) The number of specific incidents of failure by the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg to comply; and

 

(3) Whether the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg has been previously suspended; and

 

 

 
(4) Whether the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg has failed or refused to provide the Director with any information requested by the Director or required to be submitted to the Director pursuant to law or these procedures; and

 

(5) Whether the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg has materially misrepresented any applicable facts in any filing or communication to the Director; and

 

(6) Whether any subsequent restructuring of the subject business or other action has been undertaken to cure the deficiencies in meeting applicable requirements.

 

(e) Suspensions may be for any length of time not to exceed five years. Suspensions in excess of one year and revocations of certification shall be reserved for cases involving intentional or fraudulent misrepresentation or concealment of material facts, multiple acts in contravention of applicable requirements, cases where the MBE/WBE or mentor/protg has been previously suspended, or other similarly egregious conduct.

 

(f) The making of any false or misleading statements shall be grounds for application of any applicable criminal and or civil penalties in addition to the grounds for sanction.

 

(g) No person shall intimidate, threaten, coerce or discriminate against any individual or business for the purpose of interfering with the implementation or enforcement of any provision of this Article because such individual or business filed a complaint or cooperated in the investigation of a complaint.

 

Sec. 38-100.7. Mediation of disputes

 

(a) Any claim or dispute between a contractor, subcontractor or supplier that remains unresolved after thirty (30) calendar days shall be subject to mandatory mediation conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The mediation shall be conducted by an impartial mediator appointed by the Department, who shall render his or her services with full regard for each partys interests. If the subject matters of the dispute or the parties to the dispute are such that the assigned mediator would have a conflict of interest or personal interest in the outcome of the mediation, he or she shall immediately be recused and another mediator shall be appointed.

 

(b) The procedures for the mediation shall be established by the appointed mediator in conjunction with the parties, who shall attempt to resolve their dispute in good faith.

 

(c) Except to the extent disclosure is otherwise required by law, the mediation and the terms of any settlement reached by the parties shall remain confidential.

 

(d) The mediation provided for by this section shall be a condition precedent to the initiation or pursuit of any other lawful means of resolving the dispute, including legal proceedings.

 

(e) Every contractor entering into a contract as defined by Section 38-84(13), shall incorporate the provisions of this section into each related agreement with a subcontractor or supplier, but the failure to do so shall not alleviate the obligation of the parties to utilize the mediation provided for herein as a condition precedent to the initiation or pursuit of any other lawful means of resolving the dispute, including legal proceedings. The requirements of this section shall be deemed incorporated into each related agreement by operation of law and shall supplant any term or provision, written or oral, to the contrary.

 

Sec. 38-100.8. Escalation of dollar limits.

 

At the beginning of each City fiscal year, the monetary amounts specified in Code sections 38-84(13), 38-88, 38-98, 38-99 and 38-100.1. shall automatically be adjusted and shall be announced by the City Manager to reflect an increase equal to an increase in the consumer price index (all items/all urban consumers/Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas) published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers to eliminate the effects of inflation on purchasing power. Such monetary amount, as adjusted, shall be rounded upwards to the nearest $1,000.00.

 

Sec. 38-100.9 Severability Clause

 

The provisions of sections 38-81 through 38-100.8 are severable. If any provision or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions, including the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances, shall continue in full force and effect.

 

Section 2. That this ordinance will become effective on July 1, 2007.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Brian Rabineau

Assistant City Attorney