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Thursday
February 29th, 2024

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

The Liberal City Commission will have a handful of ordinances looking for approval at its next meeting this evening starting at 5:30. This evening’s meeting will be in the commission chambers at the Liberal Recreation Center at 950 S. Grant Ave.

Up first for the commission will be an update on the ordinance regarding the demolition of a property at 809 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

“At the Oct. 24 meeting, the Liberal Commission hosted a public hearing appealing the demolition of the structures at 809 N. Pennsylvania Ave.,” the agenda information noted. “The Commission granted the owner, James Roubidoux, an extension of one month to clean and secure the property. Included are pictures from Nov. 21, at which point Mr. Roubidoux had not demolished the exterior deck as required and had not secured the shed as required.”

Up next for the commission will be discussion of Ordinance No. 4606 concerning the vacation of the Millennium Addition.

“The owner has requested by petition to vacate the entire Millennium Addition Plat to the city of Liberal,” the agenda information noted. “The property was platted in 2007 for a commercial area. The owner has modified their plan for improvement and the existing plat layout no longer works with the current plan of development. The Liberal Area Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Nov. 9 to recommend the vacation to the Liberal City Commission.”

Up next for the commission will be discussion of Ordinance No. 4607 concerning a Special Use Permit for a daycare facility at 554 E. Pancake Blvd. 

“The applicant is seeking a special use to open a daycare in an operating church at 554 E. Pancake Blvd. This is a one room daycare test pilot program from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE),” the agenda information noted. “The property is currently zoned C-2 Commercial. The Special Use Permit was approved by the Liberal Area Board of Planning and Zoning at their regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 9.”

Up next for the commission will be discussion of Ordinance No. 4608 concerning the Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO).

“There is hereby incorporated by reference for the purpose of regulating traffic within the corporate limits of the City of Liberal, that certain standard traffic ordinance known as the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, 50th Edition published in 2023, prepared and published in book form by the League of Kansas Municipalities in Topeka, save and except such articles, section, parts or portions as are hereafter omitted, deleted, modified, or changed,” the ordinances noted. “No fewer than three copies of said Standard Traffic Ordinance shall be marked or stamped ‘Official Copy as Adopted by Ordinance No. 4608,’ with all sections or portions thereof intended to be omitted or  changed clearly marked to show any such omission or change and to which shall be attached a copy of this ordinance, and filed with the City Clerk to be open to inspection and available to the public at all reasonable hours. The Liberal Police Department, municipal judge, and all administrative departments of the City of Liberal charged with enforcement of the ordinance shall be supplied, at the cost of the City of Liberal , such number of official copies of such Standard Traffic Ordinance similarly marked, as may be deemed expedient. The Standard Traffic Ordinance currently adopted by the City of Liberal  shall be amended or supplemented, as the case may be, by all other sections of this article regardless of whether such other sections were adopted before or after the current Standard Traffic Ordinance. The City of Liberal  previously exempted itself from regulation of the operations of golf carts per the Standard Traffic Ordinance and adopted Article 5 of Chapter 14 to the Liberal City Code. The City hereby reaffirms the exemption for the City from Section 114.4 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance and amendments thereto which regulate the operation of a golf cart.”

To conclude the meeting’s new business, the commission will be discussing Ordinance No. 4609 concerning the adoption of the 2023 Uniform Public Offense Code (UPOC). 

“Existing Section 11-101 of the Code of the City of Liberal, is hereby repealed and replaced with the following: There is hereby incorporated by reference for the purpose of regulating public offenses within the corporate limits of the City of Liberal, that certain code known as the Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities, 39th Edition of 2023, prepared and published in book form by the League of Kansas Municipalities in Topeka, save and except such articles, section, parts or portions as are hereafter omitted, deleted, modified, or changed,” the ordinance noted. “No fewer than three copies of said Uniform Public Offense Code shall be marked or stamped ‘Official Copy as Adopted by Ordinance No. 4609,’ and to which shall be attached a copy of this ordinance, and filed with the City Clerk to be open to inspection and available to the public at all reasonable hours. The Uniform Public Offense Code currently adopted by the City shall be amended or supplemented, as the case may be, by all other sections contained in this chapter, regardless of whether such other sections were adopted before or after the current Public Offense Code.”