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Last Published: 10/8/2007 2:24:24 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, BECKY SCHUMACHER, JIM GLOVER, TROY NASH
 

050323
Accepting and approving a one year $50,500.00 contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that provides funding for Healthy Community Nutrition Education Initiative programs; estimating revenue in the amount of $56,626.17 in the Governmental Grants Fund; reducing revenue in the amount of $22,512.91 in the Governmental Grants Fund; reestimating appropriations in the amount of $3,928.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; and designating spending authority.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Hilda Fuentes, Deputy Director of Kansas City Health Dept., stated that the grant had been deceased and the contract had been cancelled. Due to a lack of a funding source the state cancelled the contract. The state could not match funds provided by the federal government. The services will have to be transitioned into another possible source of funding. Councilman Jim Glover asked what the impact of the cancellation of the contract would be. Ms. Fuentes stated that the hope would be to find an alternative source for funding. There would no longer be a one-on-one interaction with people that used the program for services and/or educational purposes.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Schumacher, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

050139
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Adopting the recommendations and proposed governance structure for the delivery of City housing services contained in the Neighborhood Based Housing Strategy in Kansas City report and directing the City Manager to submit a housing action plan in FY 2005 that effectively and efficiently achieves Kansas City’s adopted Housing Policy Goals and Kansas City Housing Task Force objectives.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/30/2005)"
Hold for one week. This item will be discussed at a community meeting scheduled for March 29th to be held at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center.

050253
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Approving the 2005 Consolidated One Year Action Plan in accordance with the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended; authorizing submission of said Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and certifying said Plan.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/30/2005)"
This item was held for one week. Testimony continued on this item from last week. Troy Schulte, Office of Budget and Management, continued by discussing score ratings of applicants. Councilwoman Becky Nace asked why some agencies listed who had scores rated higher than others received little or no funding. Mr. Schulte stated that there was an issue of projects and the availibility of funds. In some cases it was due to new, unsubstantiated projects. There was a short discussion on procedures for reallocating, if possible, funds given to projects that were on-going but not needed that this time. Minor Home Repair Staff gave a report on the progress of the program. Because of a substantial backlog no new applications were being taken until the backlog could be addressed. The current list would be prioritized by need. Councilwoman Deb Hermann asked if staff would return at a later date with a report on when the process will be completed. Galen Beaufort, City Attorney, talked about the Kansas City Homesteading Authority. He gave a brief history on how the authority came about and what the responsibility was during the time period it was active. According to Mr. Beaufort, the City Manager appoints the members of the authority. The Board of Directors is made up of the City Manager, the Director of Housing Les Washington and an Assistant City Manager John Franklin. Currently the staff is city staff members. Councilwoman Becky Nace thought that there would be a conflict of interest with the authority. The entire authority is made up of decision makers for the city. Where do checks and balances come in? Councilman Troy Nash agreed with Ms. Nace. He had concerns with staff members being officers under the leadership of their boss. He wasn't suggesting anything onward but there did seem to be a conflict of interest in the concept of the Board of Directors all being city staff members. Councilwoman Deb Hermann asked that this presentation be continued within a few weeks. Councilwoman Becky Nace asked for some historical information on why the authority was create in the first place. She would like to have some more detailed information on the background of the authority.
 
 CDC testimony regarding CDBG funding will continue. Public testimony will also be taken. The following agencies testified before the committee: 1. Community Assistance Council 2. Homeless Services Coalition 3. Benilla Hul?? 4. Save, Inc. 5. Blue Hills Community Center 6. Universal Design Housing Network 7. Community Link 8. National Association of Constructions Contractors 9. Amerinetta, Inc. 10. Palestine Senior Activity Center 11. Old Northeast, Inc. 12. Restart, Inc. 13. Family Conser??? 14. Westside Housing 15. Step-One 16. Link-up 17. Housing and Economic Develeopment Financial Corporation.