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Last Published: 10/12/2009 11:29:32 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN
Out:1 - RUSS JOHNSON
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Oscar McGaskey, Director of the Convention and Entertainment Center, talked about money being paid to the City by AEG for a percentage of profit on Sprint Center. The down side is that Kemper Arena is continuouslly losing money. He asked the committee to consider using the payment from AEG to help pay for the anticipated shortfall at Kemper and for some other projects that need to be addressed. Mr. McGaskey also stated that this was the 2nd year of a three year contact

090829
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $400,000.00; and appropriating $400,000.00 to the Neighborhood and Community Services Department for the Nuisance Abatement Program.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (10/14/2009)"
David Park, Acting Director of Neighborhood and Community Services and Mike Schumacher, Neighborhood and Community Services, came before the committee with a request for an additional allocation of funds needed for weed abatements. There was a lengthy discussion on the process and procedures used in connection of the program. Councilmembers had questions about the billing and collection process. City Treasurer Randy Landes explained the billing process but also stated that the collection process was a more tedious venture. Trying to get people to pay for services already performed was a slow process. Suggestions on how to speed up collections were discussed. This item was held for two weeks while an attempt was made to find a different funding source.

090832
(Sub.)
Accepting the recommendations of the Tax Increment Financing Commission as to the Fourth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan; and approving the Fourth Amendment to the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan which includes the designation of a benefit area.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Kellee Wood, EDC, talked about the history of the original plan. This ordinance would provide for a local match to federal funds to be used for streetscape improvements. She also gave the committee details on the benefit area that was being included in the amendment.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090833
Amending Ordinance No. 081119 by repealing Section 2 thereof and enacting in lieu thereof a new section, revising the legal description for Project No. P of the Shoal Creek Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Kellee Wood, EDC, stated that this ordinance would change the legal description of the project.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090834
Amending Ordinance No. 081121 by repealing Section 2 thereof and enacting in lieu thereof a new section, revising the legal description for Project No. R of the Shoal Creek Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
Kellee Wood, EDC, stated that this ordinance was to correct the legal description for the project.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090840
(Sub.)
Estimating and appropriating $1,355,230.00 in the General Fund for the 09 COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP); and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Paul Hayes, Police Department, stated that the department had received a CHRP grant from the 2009 Cops Hiring Recovery Program that would allow for the hiring of new personnel and retaining current employees for the next 3 years. The grant would cover a 36 month period. The grant would allow the department to increase the number of first time cadets going through the academy with the intent of increasing the number of graduates hitting the streets as officers.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
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 (10/14/2009)"

090785
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Determining that the Public Safety Radio Project is a basic capital infrastructure which can be financed with proceeds from certain general obligation bonds to be issued by the City; declaring the intent of the Council to reimburse itself and authorizing the Director of Finance to develop financing for the project in an amount not to exceed $35,000,000.00.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Rich Noll, Assistant City Manager, talked about the purchase of new radio/communication equipment for the Public Safety Radio Program. The amount of money needed to run the system has increased from $30 million to $35 million dollars. The equipment would be paid for out of the Public Safety Sales Tax fund, if approved by voters (general obligation bonds). Some of the money would be paid for by enterprise departments. Several communities around the metropolitan area have expressed interest in coming on line with the system. Mr. Noll stated that the systems would allow all emergency responders an opportunity to communicate with each other. The life cycle for the equipment would be from 5 to 15 years. The bonds would be for a 15 year period.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0
 
 The following ARTS Reports will be presented: Case Clearance and Police Property and Evidence. Thomas Gee, Police Department, stated that the Police Property ARTS Report dealt with the necessity of fixing the roof over the evidence room. The roof has been fixed. The committee voted to close the report. The next item was the training necessary to close cases properly. The training has taken place and the process has been revamped. Gary White, City Auditor, explained that the training process was the issue but he was impressed with the progress that the department had made with this issue. It was agreed that this item would be released but monitored. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Kansas City Police Department Workers' Compensation. Gary White, City Auditor, presented his scope statement on the upcoming audit. Additional information was requested by the committee. Mr. White reported that he would come back with an update on the progress of the audit and report back when the complete audit would be ready to be released to the full council. 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. The committee voted to go into closed session.