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Last Published: 10/8/2007 2:41:38 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, BECKY SCHUMACHER, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH
 

060775
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 14, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 14-5, 14-11, 14-22, 14-23, 14-52 and 14-53, relating to the impoundment, abandonment and licensing of animals, dogs running at large and animal health and public safety fees and enacting in lieu thereof seven new sections of like number and subject matter.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Mike Schumacher, Former Animal Control Manager and Lesley Forsberg, Acting Manager Animal Control, gave testimony before the council on this item. This was a housekeeping item. These are changes the division came up with after reviewing what changes needed to be done to the sections in question.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

060801
Authorizing execution of contracts totaling $554,691.00 with various agencies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2005 Supportive Housing Program grant funds.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Jackie Powell, Neighborhood and Community Services, explained that this ordinance would allocate funding to various agencies for the supportive housing program. She listed agencies that would benefit from the funding.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover
Nays: 0

060802
Accepting a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank, Affordable Housing Program, in the amount of $500,000.00, authorizing the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services to enter into an agreement with the Federal Home Loan Bank; estimating revenue in the amount of $500,000.00 and appropriating it to the Federal Home Loan Bank account of the General Fund; and waiving building permit fees.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
David Park, Deputy Director of Neighborhood and Community Services stated that the funds created through this grant would allow money for home repairs. The money would be used to rehab approximately 112 homes within four neighborhoods.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

060806
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 14, Code of Ordinances, relating to Animal Control by enacting one new Section 14-60 pertaining to pit bull dogs.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/16/2006)"
Mike Schumacher, Former Manager of Animal Control, stated that he was for the altering of animals but not for creating breed specific legislation. He talked about the lack of sufficient staff and what is needed to address the effective enforcement of ordinances already passed by previous councils. Being breed specific is not a solution to the problem. The problem is overpopulation of a particular breed of animal. He was in favor of mandatory altering of animals. Once that has been accomplished, the aggressiveness of the animal is reduced. The following groups and individuals spoke out in favor or/against banning pit bulls and/or making them breed specific and classifying them as dangerous dogs: KC Dog Advocacy Group, Charles Brettell, Carol Saunders, Diane Huff, John Scott, Josh Morain, Ashley Fox, Loren Zody,Dr. John Lyle, Edward Pace, Norma Estes, Andrea Summers, Trevo Cronin, Amy Wicklander, Michelle Dormandy, Kevin Brown, Alan Booth, Fay Graff, Paula Kirkland, Grace Bolander, Stacie Herzog, Lauren Dailey and Robert Wade. Written testimony was submitted by: Debbie Sage, Bill Broderick, Melody Kelso (The Pet Connection), and Dean Hampton. Testimony on this item will continue at the next scheduled meeting of the committee.

060808
(Sub.)
Appropriating funds in the amount of $1,500,000.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Community Development Block Grant Year 31, No. 2660, for 97th and Eastern Avenue, 18th and Vine, Housing Services, and Minor Home Repair; and designating requisitioning authorities.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Yolanda McKinzy, Budget Office, stated that the ordinance was reallocating CDBG funds for minor home repairs.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

060816
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 54, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Article IV, Salvage Motor Vehicles and Salvage Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers and enacting in lieu thereof a new article of like number and subject matter and applying appropriate regulation and fees concerning the establishment of a salvage motor vehicle and salvager motor vehicle parts dealer license and permit.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/16/2006)"
This item was held for two weeks.

060825
RESOLUTION - Authorizing and directing the City Manager to increase funding for the Division of Animal Health and Public Safety.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION"
This resolution authorized the City Manager to increase funding for the operation of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

060833
Amending Chapter 14, Code of Ordinances, relating to Animal Health and Public Safety by repealing Sections 14-1 and 14-29 relating to animals and enacting in lieu thereof two new sections of like number and subject matter.


PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/16/2006)"
This item was held for two weeks. Councilman Bill Skaggs spoke in opposition of this particular ordinance. Councilman Skaggs stated that he would rather see the money go toward funding of the animal control division. The division can't keep up with the laws that are on the books today. He saw no reason to pass legislation that could not be enforced at this time. The committee needs to figure out a way to fund animal control. Councilman Alvin Brooks spoke in favor of the ordinance. He had been in contact with one of the assistant city attorneys to get some insight into this issue. He had concerns about pit bulls and felt that they needed to be labeled breed specific. He stated that he believe that all dogs should fall into the breed specific categories but something had to be done to address the issue of the increasing pit bull population in Kansas City. Testimony on this item was also taken at the same time as that with ordinance no. 060806.
 
 There will be a general discussion of current Neighborhood Development and Housing Committee issues. There was no additional business discussed.