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Last Published: 12/29/2010 2:55:07 PM
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
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting.) There was no discussion this week.

091062
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Recognizing the importance of Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo to the economy of Kansas City, Missouri; and supporting state legislation and financial assistance to maintain and expand the workforce at the plant and to secure new product lines and associated capital investment.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
This resolution was drafted to show support of the Mayor and City Council for the continuation of the Ford Motor Company in Claycomo. Jeff Kaczmarek, EDC President, voiced his and the EDC's support of the plant in Claycomo. He stated that the plant had parts suppliers in all counties of the state. Therefore, it would be of great benefit to lobby to keep the plant in Missouri. Bob Langenkamp, City Development, also spoke in support of the plant's operation and economic impact in the metropolitan area. Jim Hampton, Clay County EDC, thanked the committee for letting him speak before them about the plant. He spoke in full support of the plant in the area. Councilwoman Hermann talked about the plant being adjacent to her district. She also talked about the economic impact to the entire state, not just the immediate area. Councilman Sharp echoed the support for the plant. He had concerns about the neighbors on the other side of the state line being able to persuade companies to relocate there. The communities in Missouri should be in full support of the plant operating in the state. With the economic situations within the automobile industry it is in the best interest of local and state governments to make sure that the plant stays and operates in Claycomo.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
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 (1/13/2010)"
This item was held one week.

090980
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances by repealing Section 2-113 and enacting in its place a new section, relating to contract and agency audits.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/13/2010)"
Gary White, City Auditor, explained that his department had reexamined the amount of time spent on doing these types of audits. He recommended that the audits continue, whether in the Auditor's Office or the City Manager's Office. It was recommended by staff that the task be given to the Internal Auditor's Office instead since it was that office's responsibility to offer training assistance to boards and commissioners regarding how to complete their fiscal statements. Councilmembers had questions regarding a substitute ordinance submitted by staff. This item was held another week in order to allow time to answer those questions. Mr. White also indicated that information regarding boards and commissions might not be available in time for the upcoming budget hearings.

090981
(Sub.)
Establishing the Special Allocation Agency Fund in the records of the City; funding and appropriating a total of $5,581,399.00 in the fund; designating requisitioning authority; stating the intention of the Council to limit the time frame in which the City will make available reported economic activity taxes for reimbursements for redevelopment project costs in new tax increment financing plans and projects and amendments to existing tax increment financing plans and projects; and requesting the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, to implement this policy.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/13/2010)"
A committee substitute was drafted for this ordinance. Councilwoman Hermann requested that this ordinance be held one week in order for the committee to have a chance to review the changes to the original ordinance. She also asked that substitute information be presented to the committee days prior to the meeting, along with a compared version of the original ordinance. Committee members asked that all attachments and fact sheets be available for review prior to the meeting as well.

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 "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/20/2010)"
Councilmembers Ed Ford and Cindy Circo made a presentation before the committee with regards to limiting the contribution amounts for city government elections. There had been some confusions with election limits changing during the last campaign so the councilmembers wanted to get something on the books before the start of the new election year campaigns. Mr. Ford stated that there was a need for the legislation because of federal rulings eliminating the amount of contributions a person could make to a candidate running for office. While the council is waiting for possible action to be taken by the state legislature. Mr. Ford talked about the potential for campaign financing by outside contributors with hidden agendas for the area. The legislation would be used as a tool to help curb the actions of some. Councilman Sharp quested imposing a jail term rather than a fine. He didn't think a municipal court judge would impose jail time for an infraction of the ordinance. Councilman Ford begged to differ. He was interested in slowing down the practice because he didn't think that any legislation would get around anyone wanting to donate outrageous amounts to an individuals campaign. But by imposing limits the candidates would all be on the same playing field. Councilwoman Hermann stated that she wanted to hold this item two weeks to give councilmembers a chance to see what type of legislation would be coming before the state legislature in January. The session starts next week. Councilmembers Marcason and Gottstein also spoke to the ordinance. Ms. Marcason didn't have strong feelings for imposing limits on contributions after the confusion with the last election. Ms. Gottstein felt that imposing the limits would help curtail abuse. However, she stated that if an individual with money wanted to donate excessive amounts of money to a campaign there were ways to get around the proposed legislation.
 
 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.