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Last Published: 8/14/2012 2:37:18 PM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Excused:1 - RUSS JOHNSON
 Human Relations

Authorizing acceptance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a grant from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to fund investigations of discrimination complaints in employment and housing; appropriating $50,000.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the STIF Midtown Fund to the Civil Rights account in the STIF Midtown Fund; and designating requisitioning authority.

Philip Yelder, Human Relations, stated that there are three separate grants that cover this initiative. One is a HUD grant that is a special project his department is looking at in terms of doing some testing and studying in our area. The second grant is a standard EEOC grant that is used for compliance and doing employment investigation. Ayana Hightower, Human Relations, gave specific information about the grants. Human Relations Department bid for and received a partnership grant from HUD to further its fair housing enforcement activities. Per the grant, they do select work with partners that assist us in our enforcement efforts. They are currently partnering with a public relations firm for outreach and a private fair housing agency based in St. Louis, MO for fair housing testing. The EEOC contract provides funding to conduct employment discrimination investigations within the city limits. The Super TIF Midtown Fund money (the third grant) is used to hire one person for a year to work exclusively on the recommendations made in the AI. Mr. Yelder and Ms. Hightower answered questions from the committee regarding tracking the number of complaints received and how fast the cases are processed. The majority of cases are resolved in 120 to 160 days. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 2 - Davis, Curls
Nays: 0
 City Planning and Development

Vacating the north/south alley east of Troost Avenue, and E. 37th Terrace east of Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; and directing the City Clerk to record certain documents. (1645-V)

Sara Anzicek, City Planning and Development, stated that the applicant for this vacation is DeLaSalle Education Center. The vacation requested is the north-south alley from East 37th Street to Manhiem Road and East 37th Terrace from Troost Ave. to where it meets the north-south alley. As part of the improvements to the campus, the owner is requiring ownership to all of the lots within the block. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Davis, Reed, Curls
Nays: 0
 Public Works

Authorizing condemnation, taking private property for public use along N. Indiana Avenue between NE Vivion Road and NE 54th Street, all in Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri; providing for the payment of just compensation therefore; authorizing continued negotiations and purchase by the Public Works Department; authorizing the filing of the petition for condemnation by the City Attorney on behalf of the City; and directing the City Clerk to record this ordinance in the office of the Recorder of Deeds for Clay County.

Sherri McIntyre, Public Works, stated that this ordinance is allowing a condemnation on the N. Indiana Project. Part of the project has been completed; at the northern part from 55th Street down to a bridge. This project will continue to upgrade the existing road to a better standard two lane road with curbs gutters and sidewalks on one side. The department is attempting to acquire some right-of-way and will have to go through condemnation on one property owner who they have been unable to contact. Ms. McIntyre described the various attempts to contact the property owner which were unsuccessful. They will continue to try to reach them but will have to move forward, so that they can get this project out to bid this Fall. Councilman Reed asked about the time frame used to reach the property owner. Ralph Davis, Public Works, stated that the first letter was mailed in October of last year. The department is attempting to get a temporary 15 foot wide easement. They need to grade the yard and do the driveway. They have been attempting contact for about 9 months. Mr. Davis described in detail the attempts to contact the current property owner. Councilman Scott Wagner gave background information about the project and the importance of completing the project. This project was originally generated by the neighborhood. He testified that this action is critical to completing the project. Councilman Davis commented that the staff has done due diligence in this matter and needs to proceed with this action. The department will continue with attempts to contact the property owner. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Davis, Reed, Curls
Nays: 0

Estimating revenue in the amount of $1,340,000.00; appropriating that amount from the Capital Improvement Fund to the Downtown Street Car System for preliminary engineering for a downtown circulator system; and recognizing an emergency.

Sherri McIntyre, Public Works, stated that although they didn't get a TIGER Grant, they are still working on implementing a streetcar system in the downtown corridor. Ms. McIntyre described the 2.2 mile long streetcar route. They are currently working with the FTA to get the National Environmental Protection Act document completed and also advancing their conceptual engineering program, so that critical aspects and decisions can be made to move this project forward. Funding for this is being garnered from excess surplus TIF funds and closed TIF funds. Priority TIF projects are not impacted. Ms. McIntyre answered questions from the committee regarding the time line for the project. Completion is planned for the Spring of 2015. The first vote to establish a Downtown Transportation Development District is due at the end of this month. The second vote early next year will establish what the tax rate would be through the Downtown Transportation Development District. Assuming that goes through, it will allow this to be a locally funded project. Ms. McIntyre described other grants that they are applying for. Councilman Jim Glover testified in support of this ordinance and the importance of having a streetcar in the City. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Davis, Reed, Curls
Nays: 0

Authorizing a Second Amendment to a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc., for the Downtown Street Car Transit System; and recognizing an emergency.

Sherri McIntyre, Public Works, stated that this is a contract with the consultant who is working on the environmental document and the advanced engineering for the streetcar project. This project is utilizing federal funds and there are no MBE/WBE goals. Federal government requires a DBE goal of 12.5% and this contract amendment will continue to meet or exceed that dollar amount. The funds are from Kansas City Area Transit Authority that is allocated from the FTA. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 3 - Davis, Reed, Curls
Nays: 0

Authorizing the Director of Water Services Department to enter into a contract with U.S. Fence Company of KC for the Water Supply Security Fence Replacement project; and authorizing the expenditure of approximately $452,000.00.

 See City Clerk`s Office for a listing of the Semi Annual Docket items. The listing is provided this week for information purposes only.
 Public Works presentation on project status. Sherri McIntyre stated that today's presentation is a sampling of projects that have been completed, as well as projects that are active. Copies of a powerpoint presentation were distributed to the committee. A copy is on file in the City Clerk's Office. Ms. McIntyre stated that there were over a hundred million dollars of projects in the past fiscal year and there is over three hundred million dollars of work going on with various schedules to be completed. Ms. McIntyre gave brief descriptions of a sampling of completed projects which included the 12th Street Viaduct, the Forrester Viaduct, Arts District Garage and the Wornall Road Restoration and active construction projects which include Kansas City Police Department Facilities--South Patrol Division, East Patrol Division and Police Headquarters, Highway 169 and 96th Street Bridge, Northwest 108th Street/Shoal Creek Parkway Improvements, Little Blue River Trail Improvements, NW 72nd Street & Waukomis Drive, Botts Road & Highway M-150, Chouteau Parkway Improvements, Wornall Road Improvements, North Oak Reconstruction, Green Zone Improvements and Red Bridge Road Improvements. Ms. McIntyre, Ralph Davis and Sean Demory, Public Works, answered questions from the committee regarding details of the project presented.
 There may be a general discussion regarding current Transportation and Infrastructure issues. None
  Pursuant to the following subsections 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: Legal matters, litigation or privileged communication with attorneys, pursuant subsection 1; Real Estate, pursuant to subsection 2; Personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 & 13; Sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12. No closed session.
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