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Last Published: 10/18/2013 4:05:34 PM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - JOHN SHARP

Amending Chapter 14, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 14-15, Keeping of small animals and fowl in pens, 14-16, Abuse or neglect of animals, and 14-51, Penalties, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter and enacting new Sections 14-16.1, 14-16.2 and 14-16.3.

Councilman Jermaine Reed this ordinance is in response to a number of citizen complaints to his office and a petition. This ordinance will amend Chapter 14 to increase the penalty range of fines for animal abuse to $500 to $1,000, and places the following offenses in separate code sections: Fighting Animals, Animal Struck by Motor Vehicle and Animal as a Prize. Councilman John Sharp listed changes and reasons for the changes to the sections in Chapter 14. Committee members commented on need for changes to penalties. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 4 - Sharp, Reed, Brooks, Taylor
Nays: 0
 1. Special Tactics & Response Division update, Major James Connelly. Major James Connelly, Kansas City Police Department, named the five sections of the division and each section's duties. The division has moved to South Patrol. The Major spoke about the division's activities to date.
 2. There will be a presentation by the Office of Emergency Management staff on tornado, flooding and weather radio awareness. Gene Shepherd, Office of Emergency Management, distributed a handout to the committee. A copy is on file in the City Clerk's Office. He gave brief summary on the tornado warning sirens. There are currently 125 sirens and are outdoor warning sirens; not meant to be heard indoors. He also discussed tornado safety. There is also a flash flood warning system. There are 75 sites throughout the city with 225 senors. This system is maintained and monitored by the Water Services Department. The Flood Barricade Task Force meets annually. He discussed flood safety. Mr. Shepherd spoke about the importance of staying well informed. He spoke about the NOAA all hazard radio, development of wireless emergency alerts (cell phones) and traditional methods, i.e. radio and television. Mr. Shepherd reported on the Community Emergency Response Teams. They are members of the community who are trained to assist themselves and their neighbors in an emergency until emergency responders arrive. The classes are free and are 24 hours long. The some member of the teams also assist the EOM staff with community outreach. Mr. Shepherd also gave a brief update on UASI grant funding. He reported that Kansas City did not meet the criteria for UASI grant funding this year. They limited to the top 25 urban areas in the country. His office is meeting with the State in negotiations to replace that funding.
 3. There will be a presentation by the Health Commission on its recommendations to reduce firearms violence. Lora Lacey-Haun, Health Commission Co-Chair, presented a resolution from the Health Commission adopting citizens' suggestions for potential firearm violence intervention, actions and prevention steps. Copies of the resolution were distributed to the committee. A copy is on file in the City Clerk's Office. Many of the actions will require support of the community, clergy and health providers. Some will require actions of State legislators. The Commission is asking the committee to accept and act upon the five steps identified in the resolution. She discussed briefly highlights related to gun violence and the media coverage the commission has had in the Kansas City Area. Ms. Lacey-Haun discussed the steps for elected officials listed in the resolution in detail. Committee members commented on the resolution. Dr. Rex Archer, Health Commission Co-Chair, discussed the model of Aim 4 Peace. Mickey Keeling, a nurse at Truman Medical Center, testified about her work with Aim 4 Peace through their Memorandum of Understanding with the medical center. Alice Kitchen, Health Commission member, commented on what the City Council can do in affirming citizen action as listed in the resolution.
 4. There may be a general discussion regarding current Public Safety & Emergency Services issues. Lowell Gard, City Prosecutor, introduced the newest member of his staff, Keith Ludwig.
 5. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.
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