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Last Published: 11/21/2007 7:21:26 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
 

071110
Approving a settlement agreement with Verizon Wireless; authorizing the City Attorney to execute the necessary documents; and directing the City Manager to present to the Council a recommendation for a contribution to the Missouri Municipal League for continuing operations and lobbying efforts.


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

071124
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to immediately establish a plan to address engineering vacancies and directing the City Manager to report this plan to the City Council within 45 days of the approval of this resolution.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Councilman Russ Johnson stated that he had a compiled list showing the vacancies at various locations throughout the city. It was possible for some of the positions shown were no longer needed as projects had been completed. The resolution was to direct the City Manager to identify the areas where the positions were needed. Councilwoman Deb Hermann stated that the positions had been encumbered in previous budgets and the question of what happened to the funds needed to be addressed as well. Councilmembers Johnson and Gottstein agreed that the need to maintain city services had to be addressed when looking at filling these vacancies.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

071128
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Finance to execute a direct loan agreement and promissory note with the Missouri Transportation Finance Commission and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in the amount of $10,000,000.00; estimating revenue and appropriating $2,000,000.00 in loan proceeds in FY 08; designating requisitioning authority; authorizing the City to reimburse itself for certain expenditures; and authorizing the Director of Finance to close project accounts upon completion.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (10/31/2007)"
This item was held for one week.

071133
Directing the City Manager to include a Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs in the 2008-2009 budget.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (11/7/2007)"
Mayor Funkhouser testified before the committee and asked for support by passing this ordinance. He stated that after talking with constituents at various town hall meetings he felt that there was a need for such an office to operate out of the Mayor's office. Crispin Rea, Mayor's Office, spoke of various scenarios that had occurred around the city and how this particular office could offer suggestions to people coming into the city from foreign countries and needing assistance. Councilwoman Marcason stated that there were agencies around the Kansas City area that could provide information and/or assistance for the same services being inquired about by immigrants coming to the area. She cautioned that the city should proceed carefully and make sure that services were not being duplicated through the Mayor's office. Councilwoman Gottstein also stated that agencies throughout the city provided for the same typies of services being talked about with this ordinance. Both councilmembers felt that handling of certain issues and subjects should be left to the experts that had the experience in dealing with immigrants. Mayor Funkhouser stated that he wasn't interested in duplicating services that agencies provided around the area but he wanted to have a liaison between the public and the Mayor's office. The Mayor asked that this item be held for two weeks.

070981
(Sub.)
Enacting a debt policy for the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Randy Landes, City Treasurer, reviewed the proposed debt policy ordinance with the committee. He explained how the policy came about. He talked about the passage of the 2006 Charter, the City was required to adopt a debt policy. The creation of this document was the first step in complying with the Charter. He talked about the debt service of the city and credit ratings. Councilman Russ Johnson asked that additional financial information be supplied to the council when making the annual report on the city's debt in future. He also asked for comparative information be supplied to the council on an annual basis. Councilman Johnson also wanted to know what the impact would be on the city's credit rating if a proposed sales tax measure, scheduled for a November election, wasn't passed by voters? Mr. Landes stated that he doubted if the city's credit rating would see an immediate reduction in it's rating but the City would have to produce a plan that would show the city's ability to repay it's outstanding debt. Otherwise failure of the 1% sales tax could have a very dramatic affect on the general operation and services provided for by the city.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

071045
Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement with the Performing Arts Community Improvement District, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and PAC Holding, Inc. in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the design and construction of a garage and related facilities for the Performing Arts Center; appropriating $6,000,000.00 from various accounts; and directing the City Manager to complete a Public Financing Plan in the amount of $47,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding the remaining Garage Improvements.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (10/31/2007)"
This item was held for one week.
 
 There will be an ARTS Report on Managing the Risks of Debt. Randall Landes, City Treasurer, gave the report before the committee. According to Mr. Landes, there were two recommendations and those were addressed in the proposed new debt policy scheduled to be voted on by the full council. He asked that the report be closed. The committee recommended closing the report. There will be an ARTS Report on the Starlight Theatre Concession Agreement. Joe Ferrera, Mark McHenry and Dan Chambers were on hand to present the report concerning concessions at Starlight Theatre. There were five recommendations on the report but there was some disagreement over some of the recommendations. After some discussion between the committee and the panel it was determined that some followup needed to be done and a panel should come back in six months to present the followup report. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the "Performance Audit: Pandemic Flu Preparedness" Sharon Kingsbury, City Auditor's Office made the preliminary presentation to the committee. She talked about the Health Department establishing partnerships with faith based agencies because they could make contact with the public easier and quicker than the government could. (A copy of the report is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Dr. Rex Archer, continued the report by explaining the importance of having a plan in place, in case of an emergency and educating the public about that plan. Councilwoman Hermann explained that while the educational plan was fine, the department, city officials and council members needed to come up with a solution regarding the need to supply citizens with the tools that would be needed during an outbreak. While the plan called for citizens to stockpile supplies for two weeks there were people would could not maintain stockpiled supplies for two or three days much less for a few weeks. There had to be some other solutions and the government had to take the responsibility to come up with a solution. Dr. Archer stated that in the event of an outbreak, transportation of goods, along with people processing those goods, would be affected. Approximately one-third of the population would receive a flu vaccine at the onset of an outbreak and it would take of to six months to produce enough vaccine for most of the remaining population. Suggestions of various agencies being asked to step in during an emergency were offered. The problem became transportation and distribution of needed supplies during this time period because most of these same people would also be affected by the outbreak. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. The Finance and Audit Committee may hold a Closed Session pursuant to Sections 610.021 (1), (2), (3) or (12) RSMO to discuss legal matters, real estate, personnel or sealed proposals.