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Last Published: 11/27/2006 12:51:10 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:3 - DEB HERMANN, BECKY NACE, JIM GLOVER
Out:1 - TROY NASH
 

061148
Accepting and approving a one year $489,859.00 contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that provides funding for the City’s public health preparedness program; reducing revenue in the amount of $264,429.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; increasing an appropriation in the amount of $63,129.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; and decreasing an appropriation in the amount of $60,134.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bert Malone, Kansas City Health Department, stated that this ordinance would approve a grant that allows a contract for bio-terrorism preparedness. The City has received this grant for the last two years. Hope is that this grant will continue in the future.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Nace, Glover
Nays: 0

061171
Accepting and approving a one-year $2,500.00 grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide partial support for funding of a faith based and neighborhood association workshop on risk communication and preparedness for a pandemic influenza outbreak in Kansas City, Missouri; establishing revenue in the amount of $2,500.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund; and increasing appropriations in the amount of $2,500.00 in the Governmental Grants Fund.


NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Bert Malone, Kansas City Health Department, stated that this ordinance was to accept a small grant that would allow the city to offer faith based and neighborhood workshops on how to prepare for a flu pandemic. Councilman Jim Glover asked for some information on the Asian Flu and that it be presented to the committee. Mr. Malone said that he would compile the information and report it back to the committee at a later date.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Nace, Glover
Nays: 0
 
 There will be a progress report on Animal Health and Public Safety issues. Lesley Fosberg, Manager of Animal Control, stated that there should be seven new officers hired by the end of the day. There would be interviews for two field supervisors as well. Money to hire additional officers is currently unavailable. Councilwoman Becky Nace stated that she wanted Ms. Fosberg and Mr. Washington to work together and review the departments budget in order to find funding for the additional officers. Councilwoman Deb Hermann suggested that they look at nonessential programs or services were money can be transferred to fund the hiring of the additional officers. John Franklin, City Manager's Office, replied that the office was looking at the budget for funding sources. Councilwoman Deb Hermann stated that the City Manager was responsible for seeing that the resolution passed by the council was carried out. The funding was not an option but a mandate from the council. There may be a general discussion of Neighborhood Development and Housing issues. Tom Coyle, Director of Planning and Development, has taken over the duties of the Manager of Housing until a replacement can be hired in. He will continue to maintain the duties of that office while working in the capacity of director. Mr. Coyle talked about a survey that had been done and reported in the KC Star Newspaper (A copy of the survey is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) The department was in the process of carrying and closing out the audit findings. All the concerns listed in the survey should be completely addressed within the next thirty days. Councilwoman Deb Hermann had some concerns about funding for the Little Sisters of the Poor site being lost. Mr. Coyle said that he would look into the matter and report back to the committee with his findings. Mr. Coyle also informed the committee that there would be a national search for a new housing manager. He stated that he would like to come back in about sixty days with an updated report on the status of filling the Housing Manager position. Councilwoman Becky Nace asked that the next candidate be someone who was familiar with and/or had a background compatible with the position in question. It was essential that the next person be able to communicate with outside agencies and have an understanding of housing terminology.