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Last Published: 10/13/2009 7:33:36 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
Out:1 - JAN MARCASON
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Ernest Rouse, 311 Action Center, gave a report on the backlog of the Bulky Item Program and offered suggestions on how to reduce the backlog. The original plan was to have equipment in certain zone areas at certain times of the month. That plan changed to an appointment basis with calls going through the Action Center to set up the appointments. The majority of the calls for services other than bulky items are being dropped because of the wait time on hold. Less items are being removed and appointments are being missed. One recommendation was to go back to the original plan, pick up by zone on alternating months. Another recommendation was to offer a drop off site for people to take their bulky items. Another was to offer a website showing contractors, in good standing with the city, who would be willing to pick up bulky items directly from the citizen for a nominal fee. Linda Callon, Westside Can Center, testified before the committee on this issue. She stated that people were complaining about not being able to get into the 311 call center in a timely manor. Some could not get in at all. City Manager Cauthen explained that the Action Center experienced peak periods with minimal staff available during that time. This was one of the reasons for the long wait time. He was suggesting adding temporary personnel during the peak hours to help answer calls.

090672
Establishing Fund No. 3331, the Special Obligation Bonds 2009E – Performing Arts Garage Fund; estimating $53,236,704.00 in revenue in that Fund and appropriating it; designating requisitioning authorities; and authorizing the Director of Finance to close project accounts upon completion.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Tamela Handley-Moseley, Finance Department, testified that bonds for the parking garage had been sold and that the ordinance was asking for the allocation of the proceeds.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090677
(Sub.)
Reestablishing the financial policies governing the use of the Liberty Memorial Endowment principal and earned investment income; and providing for an increase in the percentage of interest earnings which may be used for upkeep and maintenance from 45% to 90% for FY 2009-11 only.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/26/2009)"
This item was held two weeks.

090680
Amending Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 090181 by repealing Section 1 and enacting in its place a new Section 1, increasing the taxes levied for the general fund, health fund, and museum fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
City Treasurer Randy Landes and CFO Jeff Yates explained that the ordinance, if approved, would increase the amount of property taxes levied against the citizens of Kansas City, Mo. State statute allows the city to increase the tax rate without voter approval (with a ceiling cap). As of date, the City has chose not to increase the taxes to that cap. To do nothing would leave the tax base as it is. To pass the ordinance would allow the City to increase the tax rate. Staff recommendation was to leave the tax base as it is. Based on economic conditions within the City and with citizens facing water rate increases it seemed logical to leave taxes as they were for now.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 1 - Johnson

090681
Approving and authorizing settlement of a claim by 911 E. Walnut, LLC, Claim No. T0910-0015ZZ.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/26/2009)"
This item was held two weeks.

090683
(Sub.)
Reducing surplus appropriations in the Liberty Memorial Endowment Fund; designating the Liberty Memorial Endowment Fund as a non-continuing fund of the City; transferring prior year revenue and other grant proceeds totaling $116,889.00 in the Liberty Memorial Project Fund to the Liberty Memorial Endowment Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (8/26/2009)"
This item was held two weeks.

090686
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article VII, Officers and Employees, Division 2, Code of Ethics of the Code of Ordinances, by enacting a new Section 2-1011.5, Definitions, which includes a term defining “confidential information” and enacting a new Section 2-1023, relating to confidential information.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Councilman Russ Johnson stated that he was concerned with confidential information being leaked to the media. He wanted to have some type of guidelines for elected official to adhere to and be responsible for when talking to the media. Councilman John Sharp, cosponsor of the ordinance, was concerned with legal ramifications behind confidential information being leaked to the media.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090689
Authorizing the Director of Finance to make mid-year adjustments to certain accounts including appropriating Unappropriated Fund Balance within the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund, in the amount of $300,000.00; estimating additional revenues; and increasing appropriations within the PILOTs (6830) Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Dan Bagunu, Finance Department and attorney Pat Jensen, appeared before the committee to appeal for funds agreed to by a prior ordinance passed by council. These are capital improvement dollars that get transferred twice a year and it is time for the second payment of the year to be transferred. There was some discussion on which fund the money should be coming from. Councilwoman Hermann asked that in the future the estimated figures be inflated so that the problem of trying to find money in the general fund or any other fund after the budget has been approved. If those figures can be given to the council in advance it would help greatly.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, 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 (8/26/2009)"
This item was held two weeks.

090660
RESOLUTION - Establishing a task force to review the implementation of the Economic Development & Incentive Policy for the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
This item was held off the agenda.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Taxpayer Services' Enforcement of Unpaid Business Taxes and Fees. This item was held 2 weeks. The Monthly Financial Report for June, 2009 will be presented. This item was held 2 weeks. There will be a discussion on the "22nd and Main TIF - project area 18". Bob Long, EDC/TIF Commission, stated that the project areas for 2 projects was being combined into 1. State statute requires that activity begin within the 10 year window which would put the deadline in a period where the council has canceled meetings. The intent of the presentation was to make council aware of the changes in the legal description and the date. It was hoped that the project could be introduced and acted upon from the floor the next day. Jerry Riffle, attorney for the developer, also talked about the project. Tom Levitt, Developer, talked about the history of the building and was on hand to answer questions from the committee. The following ARTS reports will be presented: 1. Accounts Receivable 2. Estimating Tax Dollars Owed to the TIF Commission. These items were held 2 weeks. 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.