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Last Published: 7/25/2017 10:29:38 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:

Establishing Fund No. 3518, the General Obligation Series 2018A Bond Fund, in the records of the City of Kansas City, Missouri; estimating revenues and appropriations of $44,677,000.00 in Fund No. 3518, the General Obligation Series 2018A Bond Fund; designating requisitioning authority; declaring the City’s intent to reimburse itself for certain expenditures; declaring that one percent of all GO Bond net proceeds shall be dedicated for the creation and construction and installation of works of art; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.

Mayor Sly James opened up the meeting. He stated that since he has been Mayor they have looked at the citizen satisfaction survey for feedback and direction. It’s that survey that formed the decision and approach to the GO Bond Fund issue that was voted on in April of this year. The survey told leadership that the City needed to repair its roads, streets, sidewalks and bridges and work to end chronic flooding in chronic flooding areas and others things but that they needed to have facts and data to make that determination and to guide the process. He stated that in December he laid out some principals that he felt needed to be in place before the Bond issue was placed before the voters. Those three principals are first, building accountability and transparency to give the residents confidence that they would see a strong return on an $800 million investment and know where their tax money was going. This included trying to give people as close as possible their potential tax liability amount. Secondly, they wanted the GO Bond to be strategic, to do those things that made sense and provided the most catalytic and strategic advantage to the city overall. They needed to not be political and avoid the divide by 6 mentally and do those things that would be benefit the whole city. Lastly, they wanted to take a comprehensive approach to the city’s needs, especially with roads being designed for vehicles, bikes and feet. They wanted to make sure they tackled sidewalks in neighborhoods and capital improvements in city facilities and flood control. Mayor James said they recognized that every part of this city has some type of infrastructure need but all needs could not be meet with this bond. The Council and Mayor told the citizens for over 3 months what they would do if they trusted them and passed the GO Bonds. The voters of Kansas City responded with their vote and have put their trust in leadership to get things done. We need to be guided by shovel ready projects and then move forward. Mayor James said that this Council needs to get moving or they could miss this year’s construction timeframe which means we will not be putting people to work and not putting money in the streets. He urged the Council to try and not divide the projects by 6. He said this had been done before and what came from that was a lot of half-done projects. This is not about pet projects but basic needs that need to be done. This is a 20 year project so every project doesn’t have to be done in the first year. Troy Schulte, City Manger, advised that the process used to put together the list of projects before them was based on their definition of shovel ready projects. This meant that all design work is complete, right of way acquisitions are complete, matching funds needed to finish construction are in place and that a notice to proceed at the time of the original request could realistically be given to a contractor no later than November 1, 2017. This was as of May, but 60 days has been lost in that process so the dead line is probably out of the window especially on some of the roads. The goal was to get as many of these dollars delivered to the street as soon as possible. There was further discussion about projects (the final list of projects are included in the ordinance). There was public testimony: John Sharp, Curtis Stroud, Maurice Copeland, Bishop Tony Caldwell, Bishop L. Harris, Pastor R.K. Miles, and Pastor Denise Pullman. Speaker cards are on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Ayes: 7 - Wagner, Reed, Justus, McManus, Barnes Jr., Fowler, Lucas
Nays: 0
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