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Last Published: 5/16/2012 3:23:54 PM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - MELBA CURLS

Authorizing the Director of Health to enter into contracts with area health centers, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Truman Medical Center to provide primary health care services for indigent residents in Kansas City, Missouri; and declaring an emergency.

Clyde Bolton, Health Department, explained that there are funding issues related to health care at this point in time. Healthnet provider continue to do great work despite funding issues and the increase in the need for services. All programs and activities are being impacted by the down economy. Dr. Archer, Health Department, commented that the need for service has increased in all areas of the City. Each of the provides has a sliding scale to assist patients with the cost of care. Because people are uninsured or underinsured they are waiting to seek medical care and that has a negative impact on the cost of care. Mr. Bolton introduced several members of the healthnet including Kathy Knots and Karen Dalton. He indicated that there were a total of seven providers included in this contract. There was information shared about the definition of indigent and discussion regarding the need to advance the ordinance.
Ayes: 4 - Curls, Wagner, Reed, Glover
Nays: 0

Amending Chapter 48, Nuisance, and Chapter 56, Property Maintenance, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 48-83 and 56-547 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter modifying the provisions for the waiver of special tax bills.

David Park, Neighborhood and Community Services, explained that the ordinance would allow property owners to donate properties to the City but retain any assessment cost that would have been against the property before the sell or turn over. He said that Bank of America and others will be working with the City on approximately 75 properties. He agreed to give an update in 2-3 weeks related to the progress of property acquisitions. Councilman Wagner abstained because he is a member of the Homestead Board. Though there is no direct conflict of interest as advised by Joe Guarino of the Law Department, Mr. Guarino said that he would rather lean toward caution.
Ayes: 3 - Curls, Reed, Glover
Nays: 0

RESOLUTION - Authorizing the City Manager to investigate and if he deems appropriate to participate in the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program.

Councilman Sharp, explained that, because of the old sewer and water lines in Kansas City it would be in the city's best interest to offer the National League of Cities Service line warranty program to our citizens. The City is not able with its shortage of funds and reduced work force to caught up on the repair and replacements of the service lines and the NLC program will aid citizens who experience costly repairs in making repairs when needed. The program wouldn't cost the city anything and the cost to citizens would be minimal but the benefit is great and it is completely voluntary but highly recommended for citizens especially those in areas where the infrastructure is older. Oscar Arras, Utility Service Partners, was present and testified that his company services many of the National League of Cities participating Cities. The subscribers include Riverside CA, Charlotte, NC and Clarksburg, West Virginia. He added that his company only does two mailing a year to prospective clients and always gets input for municipal leaders and partners on how best to address the citizens of specific cities. A hand out is on file in the office of the City Clerk.
Ayes: 4 - Curls, Wagner, Reed, Glover
Nays: 0
 1. There may be general discussion regarding current Neighborhoods & Healthy Communities Committee issues.
 2. Pursuant to the following subsections in 610.021 of the Revised Statues of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: Legal matters, litigation or privileged communication with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; Real Estate, pursuant to subsection 2; Personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 & 13; Sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; Negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9.
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