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Last Published: 2/21/2007 9:43:21 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CHARLES EDDY
Present:4 - ALVIN BROOKS, BILL SKAGGS, TERRY RILEY, JOHN FAIRFIELD
 

060093
Estimating revenue in the amount of $440,000.00 in the Police Drug Enforcement Fund and appropriating it for expenditures related to crime lab equipment to be acquired from a Byrne JAG grant.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Office, explained that the ordinance was for the purpose of appropriating funds for the Police Drug Enforcement Fund for crime lab equipment. There was no public testimony or question from the Committee.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060106
Authorizing renewal of Professional, Specialized or Technical Services contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, CIGNA Dental, Humana Dental, Standard Life, and Vision Service Plan for employee benefits.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Gary O'Bannon, Human Resources, testified that this ordinance would allow the renewal of varying services with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Also present to testify was Susan Giffee, added that although there was a increase in the cost of services it was due to employee request for PPO's that have been added to the services provided. However it would not be any additional cost to the city.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

050953
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on August 8, 2006, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City by repealing its current twenty articles and enacting thirteen new articles to be known as the Charter of the City of Kansas City, to reflect the home rule authority granted by the Missouri Constitution; to require elected officials be residents of the City immediately prior to their election; authorize the delegation of duties among City departments; to authorize the establishment of new park districts; to re-establish the Internal Auditor as an appointee of the City Manager; to accelerate the adoption of ordinances by requiring two rather than three readings; to require the establishment of debt and economic incentive policies; require decennial review of the Charter; to authorize the Council to impose payments in lieu of taxes on enterprise departments of the City not to exceed 10% of the department’s gross revenues; and provide for other municipal purposes; fixing the dates when the amendments shall take effect; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election on or after May 26, 2006, but not later than May 30, 2006; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/8/2006)"

051253
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on August 8, 2006, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to require a committee of petitioners seeking the recall of the Mayor or a Council member to identify the actions or failure to act on the part of the official, which must be related to the official’s duties, which forms the basis of the recall and requiring placement of the grounds before the voters; eliminating the question of recall and providing for a single election at which the official and any other qualified candidate may seek to serve the remainder of the term of office of the official subject to the recall petition; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election on or after May 26, 2006, but not later than May 30, 2006; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/8/2006)"

051254
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on August 8, 2006, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to increase the mandatory retirement age of municipal judges from age 65 to age 70; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election on or after May 26, 2006, but not later than May 30, 2006; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/8/2006)"

051255
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on August 8, 2006, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to extend term limits applicable to future Mayors and Councils from two to three consecutive terms; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election on or after May 26, 2006, but not later than May 30, 2006; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/8/2006)"

051256
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on April 4, 2006, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to permit the removal of property not exceeding one acre devoted to park property forever from the parks system by ordinance; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election on or after January 20, 2006, but not later than January 24, 2006; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (2/8/2006)"

060036
Reducing appropriations from completed bond and grant funds; estimating revenue in the amount of $454,525.09 in various funds; and appropriating a total of $500,983.09 to the various funds.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Office, stated that the ordinance would reduce appropriations funds from various accounts the total of the appropriations is $500,983.09.
Ayes: 4 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060075
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Public Works to enter into a First Amendment with Trigen-Missouri Energy Corporation to provide additional cooling capacity associated with Bartle Hall Expansion; and authorizing the Director of Convention and Entertainment Centers to expend funds for the increased cooling capacity cost.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a scope statement on "Outside Agencies Performance monitoring". *Mark Funkhouser, City Auditor, presented an cope statement regarding "Outside Agencies Performance Monitoring" . He stated that the reason for the scope statement was that members of the Budget and Audit Committee had expressed a need for more information on the mission and performance of outside agencies. The members asked that better information be provide for better evaluation of future agency funding. The audit was designed to identify current mission and performance reporting requirements and recommends a system to address the information needs of Council members. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a performance audit, "Employee Grievances Take Too Long to Resolve". Mark Funkhouser,City Auditor, described the audit conducted to review and analyze a random sample of the four step grievance process. He added that the audit revealed that there was no real tracking for the number of grievances made, number of grievances resulted at the second level and that overall the process took to long and sometimes created a worse working environment for those concerned. In some cases the grievance process took more than a year to resolve. There was discussion suggesting that the committee send a memo to the City Manager requesting that he direct all management to strictly adhere to the provision for grievances, including meeting all deadlines, getting written statements. Gary O'Bannon testified that Human Resources was aware of the issues related to the grievance process and agrees with all the recommendations suggested by the City Auditor. (see page 15 of the report). There was no public testimony and no additional questions from the committee the recommendation was moved and seconded.
 
 Mark Funkhouser, City Auditor, presented an scope statement regarding "Outside Agencies Performance Monitoring" . He stated that the reason for the scope statement was that members of the Budget and Audit Committee had expressed a need for more information on the mission and performance of outside agencies. The members asked that better information be provide for better evaluation of future agency funding. The audit was designed to identify current mission and performance reporting requirements and recommends a system to address the information needs of Council members. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a performance audit, "Employee Grievances Take Too Long to Resolve". Mark Funkhouser,City Auditor, described the audit conducted to review and analyze a random sample of the four step grievance process. He added that the audit revealed that there was no real tracking for the number of grievances made, number of grievances resulted at the second level and that overall the process took to long and sometimes created a worse working environment for those concerned. In some cases the grievance process took more than a year to resolve. There was discussion suggesting that the committee send a memo to the City Manager requesting that he direct all management to strictly adhere to the provision for grievances, including meeting all deadlines, getting written statements. Gary O'Bannon testified that Human Resources was aware of the issues related to the grievance process and agrees with all the recommendations suggested by the City Auditor. (see page 15 of the report). There was no public testimony and no additional questions from the committee the recommendation was moved and seconded.