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Last Published: 1/30/2017 12:46:28 PM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:

Amending the Fire Prevention and Protection Code, Chapter 26 of the Code of Ordinances, by repealing certain sections and enacting new sections concerning the issuance of permits for public displays of fireworks and the liability insurance requirements for fire performance art and the public display of fireworks.

Mary Ruck, Finance Department and Kansas City Fire Department, Fire Marshall Floyd Peoples testified that the Fire Department currently is responsible for investigating the sites of all proposed fireworks displays and ensures that the individuals discharging the fireworks are qualified to do so and the Revenue Division, as the designee of the Finance Director, has been responsible for processing the application and issuing the permits. With the implementation of the GenTax Tax Administration software, the Finance Department has been and continues to reexamine the processes that are functionally appropriate as “tax administration”. The fireworks permits and applications are one such permit that is better suited to consolidating with the functions that the fire chief already administers. This ordinance would transfer the application and permitting to the Fire Department in order to be more efficient for the applicant and while at the same time streamlining City processes. In addition, it gives the Fire Department the ability to issue permits and take enforcement action against a permittee when needed.
Ayes: 4 - Canady, Shields, Lucas, Hall
Nays: 0

Amending Chapters 10 and 12, Code of Ordinances, to add additional restrictions to adult and adult live entertainment businesses to be incompliance with state law; amending Chapter 12 to provide the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services authority to regulate carnivals, street fairs and rodeos, provide for rules and procedures, an appeal process, and revisions to how property owners are identified.

Mary Ruck , Finance Department and Jim Ready, Regulated Industries, testified that the first purpose of these ordinance changes is to come into compliance with State law. In August, 2010, changes were made in the Missouri State Statute which added restrictions of adult entertainment businesses. Based on this, KCMO ordinances must be made within chapters 10 & 12 as adult entertainment businesses cannot be less restrictive than Missouri State Statutes. Second, article I and article VI under chapter 12 no longer requires the director of finance to oversee these articles as the entirety of chapter 12 will be overseen by the director of neighborhoods and housing services department; Finally, article V under chapter 12 which oversees carnivals, rodeos and street fairs has been revised to restructure the way property owners are identified within close range of a proposed site of a carnival, rodeo or street fair, while giving the director of neighborhoods and housing services the ability to issue reasonable rules and regulations to aid in the administration and enforcement of this article.
Ayes: 4 - Canady, Shields, Lucas, Hall
Nays: 0
 1. Captain Lionel Colon, Commander of KCPD Special Victims Unit will give an update on Domestic Violence.
 Major David Lindaman, Commander KCPD Violent Crimes Division, Sergeant Craig Grote, KCPD Domestic Violence Unit, and Sergeant Tammy Payne, KCPD Domestic Violence Unit gave an overview of the Domestic Violence Unit. The unit is part of the special victims unit of the violent crimes division. The department has two sergeants, eight detectives, one administrative assistant and one victim advocate from the Rose Brooks center who work in the office. The DV Unit investigates cases that involve domestic violence which are spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood, marriage, people who live together or lived together in the past or had a romantic relationship or people that have children in common. Currently reports are received regarding aggravated and non-aggravated assaults, residential burglaries, investigating property crimes, robberies, kidnapping, and a variety of cases in addition, to violations and orders of protection as well as intimidation and harassment cases and elder abuse cases.
 2. Staff from the City Auditor’s Office will present a Scope Statement: KCFD’s Safeguarding of Controlled Substances.
 Doug Jones and Terry Bray, City Auditor's Office, gave a scope statement, KCFD's safeguarding of controlled substances. The presentation outlined the reason for doing the audit. The audit objectives, work that will be performed and the anticipated release date. Mr. Jones also added, the city is responsible for providing emergency medical services. Controlled substances are on the ambulances and pumper trucks and administered to patients as needed. The Kansas City Fire Department is registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Health and Senior Services. The Fire Department took over the emergency medical services in April 2010. Federal and State regulations require the Kansas City Fire Department register, provide security, track inventory and to maintain records. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, properly dispensing and administering controlled substances is critical to patient health and safeguarding society. Copies of audit scope statements can be obtained from the City Auditor's website kcmo.gov/cityauditor or the city's open data portal data.kcmo.org
 3. Staff from the City Auditor’s Office will present a Performance Audit: Changes to Police Take-Home Program Could Improve Vehicle Resource Management.
 Doug Jones, Auditor Office, gave an overview of recommended changes from the Take-Home Vehicle Program and Resource Improvements Audit. The number of take-home vehicles is growing. Between May 2011 and 2015, the department added 57 take-home vehicles. In September 2015, the department had 341 take-home passenger vehicles and the number excludes the undercover work covert vehicles. The police department should analyze the cost of its take-home vehicle program. According to recommended practices, vehicle cost elements should include acquisition, license, fuel, maintenance, repair, salvage, accidents, inventory and downtime. The department does not currently require staff to track commuting and personal use miles. For the year ending May 31, 2015, it was estimated the take-home vehicles were used 2.5 million miles for commuting and personal use which is more than half the miles driven. The estimated cost is $1.5 million. In 2014, the police department bargaining unit entered into a memorandum of understanding. Article 17 of the memorandum states the command staff will be assigned take-home vehicles. The department did not calculate the cost of this before it was presented and approved. Mr. Jones recommended that rather than providing a vehicle for each employee the department rotate a single vehicle among certain employees. This would require fewer vehicles and be based on need and responsibility and allow the reallocation of department resources. Police officers can use their assigned take-home vehicles for off-duty security with the approval of the commander. All officers with off-duty employment use their department vehicle at their second employer's location. 11 recommendations were made in this report and were intended to help the department manage limited public resources. In conclusion Mr. Jones indicated, his office believed implementing their recommendations would allow the police department to use information to help the department increase visibility, improve response times to emergencies, and more effectively allocate public resources. Copies of the audit reports can be obtained from the City Auditor's website kcmo.gov/cityauditor or the city's open data portal data.kcmo.org.
 4. There may be a general discussion regarding current Neighborhoods and Public Safety issues.
 5. 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.
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