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Last Published: 10/8/2009 11:33:19 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - JAN MARCASON
Present:2 - SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, RUSS JOHNSON
Out:1 - BETH GOTTSTEIN
Excused:1 - DEB HERMANN
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Councilwoman Marcason talked about the upcoming meeting between the Police Department, several council members, budget staff and the City Manager regarding the budget issues the Police Department is facing. The meeting will be held on Monday afternoons in the 10th floor Committee Room. City Manager Cauthen stated that he would be meeting with representatives of the Police Department in an attempt to come to some sort of share agreement on certain issues.

090478
(Sub.)
Reducing an appropriation in the amount of $120,000.00 in the General Fund; and appropriating it to the Business Customer Service Center account of the General Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Joe Pehlman, Budget Office, testified that this was a housekeeping ordinance. Funds were being moved to pay for staff and related materials for the Business Service Center. Rick Usher, City Manager's Office, stated that the fund would pay for two employees that were needed to help maintain the office. The office would be assisting new businesses with information needed in getting their business started.
Ayes: 3 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Johnson
Nays: 0

090479
Reducing $3,593,574.00 in revenue; reducing $8,762,321.18 in appropriations; increasing appropriations by $3,324,473.68 all in the Capital Equipment Lease Acquisition Fund; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held for one week.

090481
Estimating revenues in the amount of $1,362,795.00 in the Economic Development Initiative Fund; appropriating $43,512.53 to certain Economic Development Initiative Fund accounts; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090483
Approving the issuance by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, of its Special Obligation Bonds to finance a portion of the costs relating to the Performing Arts Center parking garage; and approving and authorizing certain documents and actions relating to the issuance of the bonds.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Randy Landes, City Treasurer, explained the reason behind the issuance of bonds at this time. He stated that staff had come before the committee earlier in the year requesting funds to get the project jump started. Now the City needs to make debt service payments and continue the work on the garage. He explained that the agreement for the garage had been in the works for over 8 years.
Ayes: 3 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Johnson
Nays: 0

090486
Stating the intent of the Council to use a Master Equipment Lease/Purchase for the acquisition of a fuel management system; estimating and appropriating $1,050,000.00 in the City’s Equipment Lease Acquisition Fund; stating the intent of the Council to reimburse itself expenditures; and designating requisition authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090489
Appropriating $1,012,925.14 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund; appropriating $233,496.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Fire Sales Tax Fund; and recognizing an emergency.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Joe Pehlman, Budget Office, stated that the ordinance was related to the previously approved rebanding agreement with Sprint/Nextel. The agreement would upgrade the communication systems for the Police and Fire Departments. Part of the costs would go towards consulting services. The remainder of the funds cover Phase I of the agreement.
Ayes: 3 - Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Johnson
Nays: 0

090492
(Sub.)
 Appropriating $368,602 in the Convention and Tourism Fund for management and operations of Kemper Arena and American Royal Center for the first four months of Fiscal Year 2009-2010.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090497
Amending Ordinance No. 990932, by enacting new sections to adopt tax increment financing within Project 2b and Project 2c of the 19th Terrace & Central Tax Increment Financing Plan; approving and designating Project 2b and Project 2c as Redevelopment Projects and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Steve Taylor, DST Realty Co., spoke on behalf of the ordinance. The original site was divided into three projects. Project A was activated but never got started. DST acquired all three sites. B & C need to be activated before the 10 year time limit runs out on the projects. DST will not be using TIF funds for the projects. Councilmembers expressed concerns about the projects because no representatives from EDC or TIF were present to speak for or against the activation of the projects. Assistant City Attorney Heather Brown stated that no one from the agencies would be attending the meeting to discuss a stance on the projects. Councilwoman Brooks asked that materials being substituted be passed out to the committee members in a timely manner to allow them a chance to review the changes and ask questions before the meeting starts.
Ayes: 2 - Marcason, 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 (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090444
(Sub.)
Establishing that the City is to continue the process of potentially developing a 1,000-room convention center hotel (the “Hotel Project”); appropriating $500,000 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Convention and Tourism Fund for professional services relating to the Hotel Project; and establishing a steering committee to oversee, advise and report to the Mayor and City Council on the potential Hotel Project.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090450
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Convention and Entertainment Centers to execute a contract with the Westport Regional Business League to fund the advertisement and promotion of convention and tourism business in the City in an amount not to exceed $495,000.00; and adjusting appropriations in the General Fund and Public Mass Transportation Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/17/2009)"
This item was held one week.
 
 Jeff Yates will give a presentation regarding the Earnings Tax Plan Implementation. This item was held one week. 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.