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Last Published: 11/27/2006 3:12:45 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, SAUNDRA MCFADDEN-WEAVER, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH
 

030790
Authorizing a $599,856.00 contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide HIV medications and services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and authorizing the Director of Health to amend the contract by up to $250,000.00 without Council approval.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Frank Thompson, Health Department, spoke on behalf of this ordinance. He stated that the ordinance was for a supplement drug program for Kansas City residents who have HIV/AIDS. Council members Hermann and McFadden-Weaver commended Mr. Thompson for the work his division has been doing in relationship to individuals with HIV/AIDS.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

030791
RESOLUTION - Supporting the application for and acceptance of the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
This ordinance was held for one week.

030799
Accepting and approving a $920,000.00 contract amendment with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that provides funding for service coordination and Medicaid waiver for individuals living with HIV/AIDS; accepting and approving a contract amendment with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that increases funding by $46,000.00 for a total contract amount of $966,000.00 for service coordination and Medicaid waiver for individuals living with HIV/AIDs; increasing revenue in the amount of $46,000.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; appropriating it to the 03 AIDS Ryan White account of the Governmental Grants Fund.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Mr. Frank Thompson, Health Department, stated that this ordinance gives the division authorization to accept funds from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and provides for a waiver from Medicaid. It allows the individual to receive services without going through Medicaid for approval. Mr. Thompson stated that approximately 473 clients were served per month last year.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

030810
Amending Chapters 48 and 50, Code of Ordinances by enacting new Sections 48-46, Graffiti, 48-47, Maintenance of swimming and architectural pools, and 48-48, Stagnant water, and repealing Section 50-125, Defacing property with aerosol paint and like materials, and enacting in lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
David Park, Assistant to the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the ordinance would create new sections to the Property Maintenance and Nuisance codes. A new ordinance would address the removal of graffiti and penalities that could be imposed on both the owner of the property and the person committing the offense. Additional language to the Nuisance Code spells out requirements for maintaining swimming pools. With an increase in drowning and near drowning some type of action had to be taken on maintenance issues. The ordinance also spells out stagnant water being classified a nuisance because it allows mosquitos to breed. Les Washington, Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, said that there was quite a bit of input from various communities regarding this ordinance. This is the first product of the newly formed Neighborhood Advisory Council. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver stated that there was lots of graffiti in the 3rd district. While it is a good piece of legislation she had a problem with enforcement. What department would be responsible for the enforcement of the ordinance? Councilman Troy Nash agreed with Ms. McFadden-Weaver on the amount of graffiti in the district. Mr. Park answered that Chapter 50 would be enforced by the Police Department and the rest of the ordinance would be enforced by Neighborhood Preservation. Councilman Jim Glover agreed that enforcement should discourage the repeat offenders. Butch Rigby, Crossroads Neighborhood Association, talked about the removal of existing graffiti and any new graffiti that appears the Crossroad area. He found that there were three key elements in reducing the amount of graffiti appearing on property. They were: 1. Get rid of any existing graffiti; 2. Immediately remove any new graffiti and 3. Have effective legislation in place. Property owners in the area approve of the ordinance because they felt that it was well thought out and researched. Brad Nicholson, Crossroads Neighborhood Association, said that he had been working on getting rid of graffiti in the area. He circulated a brochure highlighting the Crossroads area among the council members. He said that the association was trying to develop a program on graffiti that could eventually be implemented in other areas of the city. Sean O'Bryne, Director-Downtown Community Improvement District, talked about removing graffiti from 868 locations downtown. Of that amount 200 had to be removed a second time. Since then none has been replaced. He would like to see an increase in the fines involved with the graffiti side of the ordinance. Another alternative would be community service of some sort. Mr. Nicholson agreed that fines should be increased upward to cover the cost of repairs. Linda Callon, Westside CAN Center, said that she had been working with individuals on the ordinance for over a year. Research of gathering information from other cities was done on the ordinance. Currently the organization is doing its own rehabilitation of properties in the area. They are using Outreach Day Labor to remove graffiti from property in the area. Others involved in the ordinance included representatives from the police department, gang unit and prosecutors office. Councilman Troy Nash said that while the Crossroads area had addressed their graffiti problem urban core neighborhoods were his main concern. He would like to have those individuals involved in the Crossroads area come into the urban core to offer suggestions. Butch Rigby said he would like to meet with neighborhood representatives throughout the city. They may be able to lay out a plan for each neighborhood. Alan Holtkamp, Assistant City Attorney, stated that a committee substitute could be done to change the penalities. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver asked about an option of doing an either/or in situations where the individual could not pay the fine. What would happen in cases such as those? What about felony charges involved? Mr. Holtkamp offered a suggestion of community service being an option to pay off a fine. Mr. Rigby agreed that community service could be an option. He would be happy to see that added to the penalty clause. But some cases go beyond the community service stage. The offenses could be Class C Felonies. The prosecutor would have to taken them on a case by case basis. That would bring a strong statement that graffiti will not be tolerated. Councilwoman Hermann stated that the ordinance section pertaining to stagnant water did not include garden ponds.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0