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Last Published: 7/28/2010 10:49:04 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Mark Thoma-Perry, Acting Budget Officer, explained that the department was trying to get back to working on the draft budget that would be presented to the City Manager by next week. The department has been working to make sure that the current budget items are being implemented while working on the draft budget for the next fiscal year.

090988
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by enacting a new section to be known as Section 2-53, Limitation on contributions for Mayor and Council elections.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/6/2010)"

091014
(Sub.)
Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City’s contract with TUSA Consulting Services, providing for radio communications consulting services on the City’s radio communication system for an additional six months in an additional amount not to exceed $275,000.00.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Rich Noll , Assistant City Manager, explained that the money referred to in the ordinance was pay for contract management services while the contract for the new communication system is being completed.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

091026
Approving and authorizing execution of a contract in the amount of $139,264.00 with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for the City to provide the Authority certain litigation services during the period from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Galen Beaufort, City Attorney, stated that this was a continuing contract between the City of Kansas City and the ATA for legal services. The amount of legal services needed varies from year to year. Normally one staff member is assigned to perform these services.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

091027
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Constance Guerrero v City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 0916-CV01939.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on. Councilman Sharp expressed disappointment in the fact that it took so long to settle this claim. He stated that he thought that it could have been settled quicker and for less money.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

091035
(Sub.)
Establishing Fund No. 8184, the Series 2009B State Revolving Fund (“SRF”) Sewer Revenue Bonds, estimating revenues in the amount of $16,000,000.00 in Fund No. 8184, 2009B SRF Sewer Revenue Bonds and appropriating the same; designating requisitioning authorities; authorizing the Director of Finance to close project accounts upon project completion; and recognizing an emergency.  


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Lorna Kindred, Finance Department, stated that the bond issue would close on Friday. The bonds will pay for sewer projects in various council districts. Councilman Sharp expressed his disappointment in not having a project in the 6th district included in the list of sewer projects to be worked on. There should have been more equity of projects among the districts. However, he was in support of the projects that would be worked on. Councilwoman Sanders Brooks wanted to know why there were changes in the amount of money shown for projects in the 3rd District. Robbie Jackson, Water Services, explained that with the original ordinance, the amounts shown were estimates on what the projects would cost. The committee substitute indicated actual bided amounts which came in lower than expected. Sean Hennessy, Water Services, stated that the department had submitted a list of projects for all 6 council districts. The list was reviewed by the state and the projects were determined by the state government.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 1 - Sanders Brooks

080731
(Sub.)
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project C of the W. 17th Street Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, CONSENT"
Kathy Hauser, attorney for the developer, stated that Project C was ready for activation. The plan had been approved in 2008.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
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 (1/6/2010)"

090949
Appropriating $125,000.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the General Fund to the Citywide Marketing account.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"

090973
(Sub.)
Amending and reenacting Chapter 40, Code of Ordinances, entitled Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Jeff Yates, CFO, stated that the ordinance presented the latest draft of Chapter 40. There were no changes to the rates. Steve Walsh, Assistant City Attorney, stated that staff had met with outside attorneys to discuss the concerns of their clients. Primarily, the administrative provision remained the same but some changes were agreed on. Sam Alport, Apartment Association, stated that he believed the concerns had been addressed and that the ordinance was a good compromise. Councilwoman Gottstein stated that she was disappointed in the process that had taken place with this ordinance. She had worked with civic leaders and staff and had reassured the leaders that they would have a chance to share their concerns and have input in the review process. However, the introduction of this ordinance showed that staff had circumvented that process. Until the introduction of the ordinance she had been unaware that the changes had been made and without input from the public.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Sharp
Nays: 0

090980
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances by repealing Section 2-113 and enacting in its place a new section, relating to contract and agency audits.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/6/2010)"
Councilwoman Hermann gave a brief background on the reason for the ordinance being introduced. City Auditor Gary White made a presentation before the committee and gave the recommendation that the department would forgo doing an annual audit for all agencies receiving city funding. There would be a money amount threshold for deciding to do the audit. Acting City Manager Troy Schulte suggested that the Manager's Office could perform the same type of function in the verification of information by the various agencies that fall under the threshold. That information could be reported to the council on a regular basis. Councilwoman Hermann was concerned that the task in question would still be creating unnecessary work for staff. She suggested that this item be held for more discussion among council and staff and be returned to the committee at the next scheduled meeting. She also stated that if the council and staff proceeded to go with the plan submitted by the Acting City Manager, she hoped that a plan would be in place and ready to present to the council prior to the budget hearings after the first of the year.

090981
(Sub.)
Establishing the Special Allocation Agency Fund in the records of the City; funding and appropriating a total of $5,581,399.00 in the fund; designating requisitioning authority; stating the intention of the Council to limit the time frame in which the City will make available reported economic activity taxes for reimbursements for redevelopment project costs in new tax increment financing plans and projects and amendments to existing tax increment financing plans and projects; and requesting the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, to implement this policy.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/6/2010)"

090984
Authorizing the Director of Finance to execute, on behalf of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, an agreement with the Jackson County, Missouri, to provide for the disbursement of certain surplus funds.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
 
 The Monthly Financial Report for October, 2009 will be presented. Jeff Yates, CFO, and Gary Morris, Finance Department, presented the financial report for October, 2009 to the committee. More information would be forthcoming by the first of the year with the close of the 2nd quarter analysis being done. 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.