SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 090444

 

Establishing that the City is to continue the process of potentially developing a 1,000-room convention center hotel (the Hotel Project); appropriating $500,000 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Convention and Tourism Fund for professional services relating to the Hotel Project; and establishing a steering committee to oversee, advise and report to the Mayor and City Council on the potential Hotel Project.

WHEREAS, in Ordinance No. 070467, as amended, passed on April 26, 2007, the former Mayor and Council noted the findings of a study conducted by a consultant known as CSL as it related to the Citys needs for additional hotel rooms of the type and location that would support the Citys Convention Center and Facilities and encouraged this Mayor and Council to consider and plan for the expansion of the Citys hotel stock in a manner which would support its downtown convention business, specifically the development of a downtown convention center headquarters hotel; and

WHEREAS, on April 3, 2008, the Council adopted Committee Substitute for Resolution No. 080273 directing the City Manager to retain a qualified consultant to develop a funding plan for an approximate 1,000 room headquarters hotel and to develop a process to select an appropriate site for a headquarters hotel and a development team to construct a headquarters hotel; and

WHEREAS, the City Manager has provided the consultants report to the Council; and

WHEREAS, the Council wishes to continue the process; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That there is hereby established a steering committee of the following persons for the process of potentially developing a 1,000-room convention center hotel (the Hotel Project):

 

1. The Mayor or designee

2. Seven members of the City Council, with one from council districts 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and two from council district 2

3. The City Manager

4. The City Auditor (non-voting)

5. The Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities

6. The Budget Officer

7. The Director of Finance

8. The Director of City Planning

9. A representative selected by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association

10. A representative selected by the Downtown Council

11. A representative selected by the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation

12. A representative selected by the Urban League

13. A representative selected by the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

14. A representative selected by the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council

15. A representative selected by the NAACP

 

Section 2. That the steering committee will select from among its members two co-chairs.

Section 3. That the steering committee is charged with overseeing, managing the strategic implementation of, advising and reporting to the Mayor and City Council on the Hotel Project.

Section 4. That advisory reports by the steering committee shall include any dissenting and minority opinions.

Section 5. That the steering committee may form subcommittees from its members and other community stakeholders to implement certain technical aspects of the Hotel Project.

Section 6. That the Council hereby directs the City Manager to provide appropriate resources to the steering committee and any subcommittees formed including City staff, consultants, advisors, lawyers, etc.

Section 7. That the City is authorized to contract for professional services on various aspects of the Hotel Project including, but not limited to: site selection, financial planning, brand development and community outreach.

Section 8. That the need, scope and selection process for professional services shall be determined by the steering committee.

Section 9. That the sum of $500,000.00 in restaurant tax is appropriated from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Convention and Tourism Fund to the following account in the Convention and Tourism Fund:

10-2360-632018-B Special Projects - Convention Center Hotel $500,000.00

Section 10. That the Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities is designated as requisitioning authority for Account No. 10-2360-632018.

Section 11. That the Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities is authorized to expend $500,000.00 appropriated herein for professional services related to the site selection, finance plan development, proposal review, and other services related to the Hotel Project.

 

Section 12. That the co-chairs of the Steering Committee will report to the Finance and Audit Committee on a quarterly basis.

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I hereby certify that there is a balance, otherwise unencumbered, to the credit of the appropriation to which the foregoing expenditure is to be charged, and a cash balance, otherwise unencumbered, in the treasury, to the credit of the fund from which payment is to be made, each sufficient to meet the obligation hereby incurred.

 

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Jeffrey A. Yates

Director of Finance

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Heather A. Brown

Assistant City Attorney