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Last Published: 9/24/2009 10:48:19 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CATHY JOLLY
Present:2 - JOHN SHARP, MELBA CURLS
Excused:1 - CINDY CIRCO
 

090762
Amending Chapter 56, Code of Ordinances, by adding a new Article VII, Vacant building receiver.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/23/2009)"
David Park, Neighborhood and Community Services, explained the purpose of this ordinance and distributed a presentation on vacant buiilding issues and the need to put properties into receivership and the receivership process to the committee. (A copy is on file in the City Clerk's Office.)Mr. Park walked the committee through the receivership process and answered questions from the committee and Councilwoman Sharon Sanders-Brooks. Jeff Williams, Legal Aid, testified in support of this ordinance and spoke on the need for this tool. Damon Daniel, CCO, testified in support this ordinance and suggested that the section regarding the definition of who is an appropriate receiver be limited or preference for selection receivers motivated by community development. The committee agreed to hold this ordinance for two weeks so that all interested parties could meet and discuss ways to strengthen the ordinance.

090763
Amending Chapter 10, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 10-214, Consents required, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter which specifies when an eligible consenter may withdraw their consent.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/16/2009)"

090764
Amending Chapter 10, Code of Ordinances, by adding section 10-139, festival district temporary permit for sales by drink license, and repealing section 10-127, license and permit fees, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter which allows a promotional association the opportunity to apply for and receive a festival district temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/16/2009)"

090774
Accepting and approving a one-year $688,699.00 contract amendment with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that provides funding for the City’s Public Health Preparedness and the Cities Readiness programs; increasing revenue in the amount of $71,552.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; and appropriating $170,344.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Health Department staff testified on behalf of this ordinance and answered questions from the committee. No public testimony. This ordinance will accept an amendment to the Public Health Preparedness contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide public health emergency planning and technical assistance to partner agencies for preparedness in the event of a public health emergency in Kansas City and State Region A. This amendment also merges the Public Health Preparedness with the Cities Readiness program which provides planning support for local health agencies to enhance their ability to respond to an attack over a large geographic area.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0

090784
Amending Chapter 34, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Health and Sanitation,” by repealing Sections 34-183, 34-187 and 34-188, enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like subject matter and enacting a new Section 34-189 to give the director of Health the authority to rat-stop or eradicate rats, provide notice for a hearing and issue assessments.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/16/2009)"
Michael Swoyer, Health Department, testified on behalf of this ordinance and answered questions from the committee. Councilman John Sharp pointed out notification time was very short and felt that more time is needed. The Law Department staff person clarified definitions. The ordinance will be held for one week.

090788
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Establishing a Homelessness Task Force (“Task Force”) to identify the issues related to homelessness; developing a Plan (“Plan”) to address these issues which will include both immediate and long term strategies, funding options, and suggestions as to how the Council may best partner with governmental entities, private businesses and the community in furtherance of the Plan; presenting said Plan to the Council for recommendation and implementation; and directing the City Manager to make available staff and non-monetary resources as necessary.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Councilwoman Cathy Jolly gave a brief statement giving background on the need for a Homeless Task Force to address issues related to homelessness. The following testified in support of this ordinance, gave information on the homeless issues in the city and answered questions from the committee: Ann Holliday - Downtown Council Brian O'Malley - Homeless Services Coalition Evie Craig - ReStart The following testified in support of the ordinance: Ann Lesser - Homeless Services Coalition Joe Colaizzi - Kansas City Rescue Mission Lisa Fleming - Rose Prooks Center Laura Gray - Community Link Ron Brooks - Grand Avenue Temple Sandy Stressner - Mid-America Assistance Coalition Darnella Williams - Swope Health Center Ocon Dale - Department of Veteran Affairs Teresa Cummings - Jackson County Community Mental Health Levy Tax Fund Ron Griffin - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Pamela Taylor - Crissy's House Charles Megerman - Kansas Citiy Community Center Mark Smith - Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries Mark Rowens - Community Improvements District Daniel Bailey - Benell Hall Kent Jill - Benell Hall Nancy Lesier Jennifer Hamm - Budget and Financial Management Assistance This resolution will establish a Homelessness Task Force to identify the issues related to homelessness.
Ayes: 3 - Jolly, Sharp, Curls
Nays: 0
 
 Gary Majors will present an update on the Short Term Lending Ordinance. Councilwoman Jan Marcason commented on regulation of the payday loan industry and current licensing for short term loan businesses. Gary Majors, Regulated Industries, discussed the current regulations and how establishments are using loopholes to skirt the law. Mr. Majors spoke about issues related to the definition of a short term loan establishment. There will be a update on emergency response from the Fire Department and MAST. Dr. Richard Gist, Fire Department, distributed the Fire Department emergency response time report to the committee and answered questions from the committee and Erin Howell, Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust, gave an oral report on emergency response time and H1N1 preparations. A copy of the Fire Department report is on file in the City Clerk's Office. Smokey Dryer, Fire Department, was available to answer questions from the committee. There may be general discussion(s) on current Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee issues. None 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. No closed session.