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Last Published: 6/4/2010 11:07:11 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 

100075
Approving and authorizing the execution of certain documents, and the taking of certain other actions in connection with $18,325,000.00 original principal amount of the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City, Missouri Taxable Leasehold Revenue Bonds (Century Towers Redevelopment Project), Series 2001.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Tammy Queen, Acting City Treasurer, explained that the ordinance would allow the City to continue to make bond payments on Century Tower but at a lower rate of interest for the next three years. Randy Landes, Director of Finance, explained how the bonds had been originally issued. There was a profit sharing clause in the agreement with the developer. He explained that the City was now taking advantage of those payments by returning the money back to help reduce the fund balance on the bonds. Jim Weist, Management Representative, talked about the property in question. He also stated that there was space available in the building for future development and/or tenants. He talked about the breakdown of the tenants of the building and of the development to the area because of the building. Councilwoman Gottstein remarked that staff should remember that there was over 40,000 square feet of office space available when thinking of expansion.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100083
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Fifth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Fifth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Kellee Wood, EDC, read the changes to the original project. She stated that the ordinance was to provide for a revised budget of the redevelopment project costs. This change would not increase the overall reimbursable costs of the project. Tim Kristl and Bob Langenkamp were on hand to answer any questions from the committee.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100096
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim by Blue Ridge Bank & Trust, File No. T0809-0672B.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100097
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim by Kansas City Power & Light, File No. T0910-0233.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100108
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim for a workers' compensation benefits filed by Joseph Martin for injuries resulting from an accident on July 30, 2007, while employed by the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

090983
Recognizing the termination of the employment of Wayne Cauthen as City Manager.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"

090988
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by enacting a new section to be known as Section 2-53, Limitation on contributions for Mayor and Council elections.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Councilwoman Circo stated that the Law Department had come up with a compromise on the wording of the ordinance. Bill Geary, Law Department, explained the few minor changes that had been made to the wording of the document. Councilman Sharp wanted to increase the amount of the fine to be imposed for violation of the ordinance from $500.00 to $1,000.00. Mr. Geary stated that the additional amount added as a fine would require the sitting of a jury for a trial. Councilman Sharp asked if there would be a problem with additional responsibility for the court. Mr. Geary's response was that it would be done if requested by the council. Councilwoman Sanders Brooks offered an effective date in April, then changed it to March 1st after some discussion from the committee. Councilwoman Hermann suggested that the various parties interested in changing the wording go to the conference area of the room and work on the wording. After discussion, Bill Geary read the updated version to the committee for consideration. He stated that the additional amount had been added and the effective date of the ordinance would be the normal 10 days after passage instead of the various dates suggested by the committee. The updated version was voted on by the committee.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100065
Amending Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, by amending Section 38-100.5 to authorize the establishment of a processing fee for MBE and WBE certifications.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/24/2010)"
Philip Yelder, Human Relations Department. made a powerpoint presentation before the committee on a fee proposal for MBE/WBE Certification. He stated that nine cities had been contacted to see if they were charging a processing fee for the certification. Only two had fees. The amount of money proposed was based on the average of those two cities. The amount was still lower than those of the private sector. (A handout of the proposed fees is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Committee members were opposed to the amount of money being proposed for the certification. Overall they felt that it would be a measure that could cause a small business from coming into Kansas City to do business or it could discourage the small business owner from doing business altogether. Several committee members asked if the small business community (particularly MBE/WBE business owners) had been interviewed to get their opinion on the changes regarding fees. Mr. Yelder stated that they had not talked specifically to the small business owner but had been in contact with various business owners throughout the city for feedback. Councilwoman Hermann recommended that this item be held until the next meeting in order for small business owners to be included in a discussion on the fee proposal. Councilwomen Sanders Brooks and Gottstein offered to hold neighborhood meetings to discuss this topic. Councilwoman Hermann stated that the committee would determine if additional time was needed for input when the next report was filed. She also suggested that City Auditor Gary White work with Mr. Yelder on this topic. Councilmembers Sharp and Sanders Brooks stated that they were in support of Human Relations remaining a department instead of becoming a division of some other department(s).
 
 1. Discussion of the City-Wide Spend Analysis. Renee Haskin and Cedric Rowan, General Services, made a presentation before the committee on a proposed implementation program to monitor and track department spending. The purpose of the analysis is to get a better understanding of spending by department. They want to make sure that departments are not essentially going outside of city approved contracted vendors/suppliers for needed supplies or services. The intent is to get a program going in PeopleSoft that would track the spending patterns of the various departments of city government. With the implementation of this program, the hope is to save up to 25% overall on spending. 2. Discussion regarding Ordinance 100089 Implementation. Joe Gonzales, TIF Executive Director, made a presentation before the committee regarding the steps the commission intended to take in order to implement the mandates of the ordinance. Mr. Jeff Kaczmarck, EDC and Bob Langenkamp, City Planning and Development were also on hand to answer questions. Mr. Gonzales talked about the meetings to be scheduled with the various taxing jurisdictions and the need for meetings with the school districts, counties that share the distinction of being part of Kansas City, Mo. There is a plan for a TIF Retreat in the latter part of February that will be a followup for the initial retreat held after the ordinance was proposed. The timeline for having everything in place was also discussed. Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Kaczmarck talked about the responsibilities that the TIF Commission had in taking on a project of this magnitude. He passed out a listing of agencies and school districts that needed to have representation on the commission. Because there were so many jurisdictions outside of Kansas City proper Councilwoman Hermann stated that she would like to make sure that there would be representation from Kansas City, Mo on the administrative board. She wanted to make sure that someone living in Kansas City, Mo would have a voice in making administrative decisions. Councilwoman Sanders Brooks stated that if they didn't live within the city limits at least have a business located within the city limits. Councilman Sharp disagreed and stated that the make up of the administrative board should be left up to the commission members to decide. He didn't think that a person sitting on the board would affect the outcome of projects proposed for downtown Kansas City, Mo. Councilwoman Hermann thanked the panel for coming and making the presentation to the committee. Mr. Gonzales said that the council would be contacted with the updated information once all the implementation plans had been finalized. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. 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. The committee voted (4-0) to go into closed session to discuss legal issues.