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October 6, 2016 North Kansas City City Council Recap

North Kansas City City Council Recap courtesy Rich Groves of the North Kansas City Business Council

Safe Haven Security Special Event

Approval was given for Safe Haven Security at 520 E 19th Ave to host private events on October 20 and 21 in their building and on their parking lot. Safe Haven is a large ADT authorized security systems dealer which is now in the upgraded former Colorado Technical University building. This is Safe Haven’s third move within North Kansas City to larger facilities.

Community Planning Month

Acknowledgement was given to National Community Planning Month which allows special recognition to be given to North Kansas City’s Community Development Department led by Sara Copeland and to the North Kansas City Planning Commission and North Kansas City Board of Zoning Adjustment which offer due diligence review of the various plans for properties in North Kansas City. This is also a good time to give credit to the City of North Kansas City for completing the update of the City’s Master Plan, offering a good roadmap for future development (and re-development).

Approval of Salary Range Increases

In accordance with the recently approved 2017 City budget, approval was given to an overall 1.85% salary range increase for non-union-represented employees. Public Safety employees’ salaries are contractually regulated through their respective unions.

Riverbed Degradation Study

Approval was given to allocate $10,000 to the continuing study of the impact of degradation of the Missouri River. This study is coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the various communities in MARC’s region which may be impacted by river degradation which can affect levee and bridge integrity.

Building Code Exception

Cerner Corporation requested an exception to a requirement affecting one of their buildings. They plan to remove an existing firewall between two rooms but offered an alternative arrangement which the Fire Marshall deemed to be superior to the current structure.

Staff Comments

YMCA Financial Report

Even though the YMCA has shown a deficit for the past several months the results are considerably better than prior years. Here are the results of the months so far this year: January – $15,976;  February – $99,484; March – $3,721; April – ($53,135); May – ($ 7,849); June – ($27,054); July – ($41,872); August – ($61,290) Total ($79,461). At this point in 2015 the year-to-date deficit was ($252,450).

City Projects and Purchases

City Administrator Eric Berlin referred to the comprehensive list of City Projects and Purchases which are planned, in progress or completed. If you are interested in seeing details, follow this link: http://www.nkc.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=5587773

City Paper Shredding Event

There will be a City-sponsored shredding event on Saturday, October 22, between 9 a.m. and noon, in the parking lot south of the YMCA. North Kansas City residents and employees of North Kansas City businesses may bring up to 3 “Xerox” boxes of paper to be shredded.

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