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Last Published: 6/23/2011 11:28:33 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
Out:1 - SHARON SANDERS BROOKS
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Dan Bagunu, Treasury Department and Jeff Yates, CFO for the City of Kansas City, Mo. presented a power point presentation before the commission on the topic of money owed the TIF Commission by the City of Kansas City, MO. Mr. Bagunu explained the process used to calculate the amount of money owed the TIF Commission and how the money was supposed to be remitted to the TIF Commission. The problem was the remittances were not being paid to the TIF Commission. The Commission, in turn, was having trouble meeting there payment deadlines and paying developers and contractors for work already completed. (A handout explaining the information presented in the powerpoint presentation is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that money earmarked for the TIF Commission had been previous reallocated to the General Fund to offset shortfalls in the budget. Historically, the requests for payment from the developers and contractors lagged several years so it was decided that the money could be replaced at a later time. The money is slated to be paid to the TIF Commission in three payments over the next three years. Gloria Wood, TIF Commissioner, talked about additional money owed the commission from past projects. The money slated to be paid over the next three years would take care of current money owed. There was still approximately thirty million dollars owed from back years. The committee wanted an update on this item in one month and asked staff members to return at that time and reveal a plan to deal with the entire shortfall.

090729
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim for a workers’ compensation benefit filed by David Morgan for injuries resulting from an accident on August 3, 2006, 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: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090744
Appropriating $1,000,000.00 from the Facility Improvements account of the Convention and Tourism Fund for convention facility projects not completed in the prior fiscal year.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Oscar McGaskey, Director of the Convention & Entertainment Facilities, stated that the ordinance would allow for improvements to be made to Bartle Hall. Based on feedback from organizations that use the facilities, these were items listed as needing upgrades. There were four areas that Mr. McGaskey felt needed to be upgraded: Restroom renovations, repairs to exterior walls, replace interior wall and replace fabric in certain halls within the structure. When asked what the impact of the requested funds would have on the Convention Center Budget, Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that the amount requested would virtually wipe out the money in the facility fund. He also stated that if the money was not allocated out of that fund then it would probably be allocated out of the general fund. The general fund couldn't afford to sustain that type of withdraw this early in the fiscal year. The city still has to get through the winter months and salt issues. Councilman Johnson and Councilwoman Hermann expressed concerns about the facility account dropping to such a low level. Mr. McGaskey stated that the improvements were needed in order to remain competitive with other cities for convention trade. He also stated that he would see that the work was done in priority order. This item was discussed in closed session before being voted on.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090748
(Sub.)
Reducing appropriations in the Equipment Lease Acquisition Fund relating to the court management system; appropriating funds for the repayment of the Court Management System Lease and completed Parks Equipment Lease from 2006; transferring and appropriating surplus funds in the General Fund to continue work on the Court Management System on a PAYGO basis; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/9/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090751
Authorizing the Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities to amend a utilities concessions agreement with Capital Electric for the provision of electrical, telephone, internet, and water connectivity to clients and customers at the Kansas City Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium for four extra months of service.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Oscar McGaskey, Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities, explained that an RFP had been rejected after being selected to provide services to the convention facilities. This ordinance would extend the contract with the current company while allowing the City a chance to requests proposals. This ordinance would allow for a four month extension while another RFP list could be created.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090753
(Sub.)
Amending Ordinance No. 971721, which approved the Union Hill Redevelopment Project N of the Union Hill Increment Financing Plan, designated the area described by Redevelopment Project N as a “Redevelopment Project Area” and adopted tax increment financing therein, by correcting certain scrivener’s errors in the legal description.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Jerry Riffel, Lathrop & Gage and Attorney for the Developer, explained that the ordinance would correct an error made by the scrivener to the legal description. Bob Frye, Developer was also present to answer questions put forth by the committee. Tracy Chappell, Jackson County Court, was also on hand to answer questions.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090755
(Sub.)
Approving a cooperative agreement between the City and the Tax Increment Financing Commission and Main Street Corridor Development Corporation for the implementation of certain improvements described by the Southtown Corridor/31st and Baltimore Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Jerry Riffel, Lathrop & Gage and Diane Burnett, Main Cor Director, explained the ideas for streetscape improvements between Westport and the Plaza. The Main Street CID would be greatly involved in the updates to the area. The streetscape plan would help combine the aesthetics of the two areas.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080935
Amending Chapter 62, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 62-1 through 62-12 and Sections 62-41 through 62-55, and enacting new sections in lieu thereof for the purpose of updating the solid waste code to reflect current refuse collection and management practices; eliminating all payments in lieu of City-provided services to mobile home developments, travel trailer camps, buildings containing seven or more dwelling units, and neighborhood associations; and eliminating the board of refuse appeals.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (9/9/2009)"

090717
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of General Services to execute a contract through April 30, 2010 with St. Luke’s Plaza Hospital of Kansas City, Inc., to operate a health and fitness center at the City’s 11th and Oak garage; authorizing the Director of General Services to exercise the City’s one year renewal option for the contract without City Council approval from such amounts appropriated in the City’s annual budget; estimating revenue of $150,000.00 in the Parking Garage Fund; and appropriating it to the 11th and Oak Fitness Center account of the Parking Garage Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Gerald Smith, Director of General Services, testified before the committee about the incorrect information that had been presented at the previous meeting. There was enough money being generated through membership fees to cover the costs of operations for the next fiscal year. The contract just needed to be approved.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 0
 
 The following ARTS reports will be presented: 1. Estimating Tax Dollars Owed to the TIF Commission. - This item was discussed under Budget Implementation Discussion. 2. RFP Contracting Practices - This item was held one week. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Review of Audits of Outside Agencies. Gary White, City Auditor, presented the scope statement for this audit. Councilmembers Marcason and Gottstein suggested other avenues the department could use to obtain the same information or in some cases, more accurate information, on the outside agencies in question. It was determined that staff time could be better spent working on other audit projects. 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.