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Legislation #: 090351 Introduction Date: 4/30/2009
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 5/10/2009
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FORD
Title: Amending Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-55, Definitions, relating to volunteers in the offices of City elected officials, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.

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5/1/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/30/2009 Councilmember Ford Move to Advance
4/30/2009 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 090351

Amending Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-55, Definitions, relating to volunteers in the offices of City elected officials, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that individuals or groups of individuals volunteering their time, skills, talents and knowledge to the City can augment the Citys delivery of services to its citizens;

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that providing certain volunteer opportunities to individuals or groups of individuals provides them with opportunities for public service;

WHEREAS, the Council also recognizes that providing volunteer opportunities within City government can sometimes present risks to the City, the public and the volunteers themselves which must be considered and managed; and

WHEREAS, the Council desires to add a definition of infrequent volunteer service and further clarify the definition of family member; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

That Chapter 2, Administration, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Section 2-55, Definitions, relating to volunteers in the offices of City elected officials, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

Sec. 2-55. Definitions.

  The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this article, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Family member means a spouse of the elected official or a person who is related to the elected official within the third degree by consanguinity or affinity.

Infrequent volunteer service means volunteer service that is provided on a sporadic, non-recurring or irregular basis of limited blocks of time without any consistency in the days of the week or month or the hours of the day during which the services are provided. Infrequent volunteer service shall not be applied to restrict a family members ability to communicate with the elected official outside of the elected officials office of by telephone, email or text messaging.

Periodic volunteer means a volunteer who offers to provide a one-time or infrequent voluntary service. Individuals who perform services in City-sponsored programs, such as neighborhood cleanup assistance programs, and other similar programs, shall not be considered a volunteer for the purposes of this article.

Regular-service volunteer means a volunteer, other than a periodic or special case volunteer as defined herein.

Special case volunteer means a volunteer participating in student projects, a student who is receiving qualified educational credit for their service commitment or a student performing community service-oriented projects.

Volunteer means a person who, of his/her free will, provides services relating to the City or a City elected official, including consulting or advisory, in the offices of a City elected official without receiving monetary or material compensation.

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Galen P. Beaufort

City Attorney