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Legislation #: 030185 Introduction Date: 2/13/2003
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 2/20/2003
Title: Establishing the City positions on matters that may come before the 108th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2003.

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Prepare to Introduce


Referred Legislative, Rules and Ethics Committee


Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute


Adopted as Substituted

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Establishing the Citys positions on matters that may come before the 108th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2003.


WHEREAS, the City desires to publish general statements of its positions on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed federal legislation during the 1st Session of the 108th United States Congress in 2003; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the following priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 108th United States Congress during its 1st session in 2003:


A. New Projects


1. Brownfields Re-Development Provide $500,000 to fund an east-west connector bridge for the Riverfront Heritage Trail between the River Market and the Central Industrial District.


2. Downtown Re-Development Support relocation of the Internal Revenue Service to a new facility in the Union Station area and improvement and renovation of the U.S. Post Office facilities there.


3. Economic Development Support funding for infrastructure development in the Columbus Park and Riverfront areas.


4. Flood Control Projects Support funding to address stormwater flood control within Kansas Citys Northeast Industrial District.

5. Housing Development - Provide $1,500,000.00 for infrastructure development in the Union Hill Neighborhood.


6. National Heritage Area Support designation of a National Heritage Area for the greater Kansas City region to preserve and promote the cultural, historic and natural resources of the central corridor.


7. Transportation Support funding for


a. Re-authorization of the Federal Transportation Legislation (TEA-21)


b. Construction of two additional lanes to Front Street between I-29/35 and I-435 and to Chouteau Trafficway from I-35 to Missouri Route 210


c. Upgrading signalized intersections to accelerate implementation of the Operation Green Light arterial street signal modernization program to

improve traffic flow


d. Public transportation, including:


$5,000,000.00 for bus replacements

$10,000,000.00 for bus rapid transit

$2,000,000.00 for KCATA facilities modernization


e. Construction of a companion bridge or expansion of the Paseo Bridge/Interstate 29/35 Missouri River crossing and highway improvements for better access to Downtown


f. Kansas City SmartPort, Inc. Americas Secure Inland Port Solution which needs $5,000,000.00 to design and implement an intelligent transportation system


8. Watershed Management Support funding for:


a. Watershed management planning and construction of subsequent projects


b. Special stormwater control projects within the three large watersheds that cover the northern portion of the City to allow continued economic development there


B. Ongoing Projects


1. Airports Protect and fund airports for passenger facility and customer facility changes and provide additional funding for:


a. The Federal Airport Improvement Program


b. Airport war and terrorism insurance


2. Brownfields Support continued funding for the cleanup and re-development of brownfields, and authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do work in brownfields areas.


3. Flood Control Protection Support continued funding for the following flood control projects:


a. Missouri River


b. Blue River Channel


c. Turkey Creek

d. Swope Park Industrial Area


e. Kansas Citys Seven (7) River Levees


f. Dodson Industrial Area


4. Homeland Security Support funding for:


a. Homeland security anti-terrorism projects and initiatives


b. First responder agencies and services


c. Local homeland security offices, facilities and personnel


d. Protection of essential local utilities, facilities and services.


5. Homeless Assistance Support funding of homeless assistance programs and remove mandatory 30% caps on Essential Services and Homeless Prevention funds.


6. Public Health Support significant, permanent increases in funding for local health departments to improve their capacity to handle public health threats, including naturally occurring infectious diseases and bio-terrorism.


7. Riverfront Development Provide grants for infrastructure improvements and habitat restoration on sites adjacent to the Missouri River.


8. Transportation Support continued funding for road and bridge maintenance and improvements.


9. Water Quality Support funding for:


a. Water infrastructure management initiatives


b. Urban Wet Weather Quality Act of 2000


c. Special needs of areas served by Kansas Citys Water Services Department


d. Cleaner and safer drinking water


e. Stormwater control