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October 27th, 2021

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

The Liberal City Commission will have an easy meeting on its hands this evening beginning at 5:30. 

Up first for the commission will be discussion of Ordinance No. 4568 concerning the Standard Traffic Ordinance. 

“This is an ordinance regulating traffic within the corporate limits of the City of Liberal; incorporating by reference the ‘Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities’ 48th edition of 2021,” the agenda information noted. “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’ 48th edition of 2021, prepared and published in book form by the League of Kansas League of Municipalities in Topeka. No fewer than three copies of said Standard Traffic Ordinance shall be marked or stamped ‘Official Copy as Adopted by Ordinance No. 4568’ with all sections or portions thereof intended to be omitted or chanced clearly marked to show any omissions or changes. The Liberal Police Department, municipal judge and all administrative departments of the City are charged with enforcement of the ordinance shall be supplied, at the cost of the City, such number of official copies of said Standard Traffic Ordinance similarly marked. The Standard Traffic Ordinance currently adopted by the City 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.”

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The commission will also be discussing Ordinance No. 4569 concerning the Uniform Public Offense Code. 

“This is an ordinance regulating traffic within the corporate limits of the City of Liberal; incorporating by reference the ‘Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities’ 37th edition of 2021,” the agenda information noted. “There is hereby incorporated by reference for the purpose of regulating public offenses within the City of Liberal, that certain code known as the ‘Uniform Public Offense code for Kansas Cities,’ 37th edition of 2021, prepared and published in book form by the League of Kansas Municipalities in Topeka, save and except such articles, sections, parts or portions as are hereafter omitted, deleted, modified or changed. The City hereby reaffirms the prior addition of Section 11-112 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Liberal to read as follows: Section 11-112 – air gun, air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot, BB gun or paint gun: The unlawful operation of an air gun, air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot, BB gun or paintball gun is the shooting, discharge or operating of any air gun, air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot, BB gun or paintball gun within the city except A) within the confines of a building or other structure from which the projectiles cannot escape or B) at the legal place of business or sanctioned event of a bona fide business, under the supervision of their applicable safety rules and insurance coverage; in such an event, there must be a minimum safe distance which prohibits projectiles from striking a residence.”

The commission will then be discussion Resolution No. 2367 concerning a Notice of Hearing for modifying the project cost of the Venture Kansas LLC Community Improvement District (CID). 

“Malik Bhagat and Rafiq Lakhani with Venture Kansas LLC are requesting to amend their current CID for their development project at the Liberal West Plaza portion,” the agenda information noted. “Through conversations with the developer, Gilmore & Bell, the city finance department and the city manager, they submitted a request for modification that needs to follow the same steps as the original request for district formation approved July 31. Kansas Venture LLC is requesting changes for the estimated total project costs from $2.5 million to $4 million. In the tenant expense category, they are also seeking to offset tenant improvements with rent forgiveness as a reimbursable expense. The last change to the total project costs is to add broker fees not to exceed $500,000. A resolution calling for a public hearing regarding the changes will need to be considered and after said public hearing, the city commission will consider a new ordinance to incorporate the modifications.”

The commission will also be further discussing the Liberal Fire Department joining Task Force Team #6. This had been talked about at the commission’s Sept. 14 meeting. The team is made up of members of fire departments located in the southwest part of the state and have centralized resources housed and maintained by the Garden City Fire Department.

“City staff is requesting the commission approve Resolution No. 2368 authorizing the Liberal Fire Department to participate in the Kansas Search and Rescue Response System as a member of Task Force Team #6, and authorize Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk to sign the Memorandum of Understanding provided by the Kansas State Fire Marshal to formally join Task Force Team #6,” the agenda information noted. 

The commission will also be asked to approve the submittal of a Heritage Trust Fund Grant. 

“The Kansas State Historical Society offers a Heritage Trust Fund Grant for up to $90,000 for renovation, preservation and rehabilitation to historical properties,” the agenda information noted. “The grant requires at least a 20 percent match and assurance the City has matching funds and the funds are set aside at the time of the application, This is a reimbursement grant, and construction must be completed prior to drawing funds. Staff is requesting approval of Resolution No. 2369 approving the submittal of the grant to the Kansas Historical Society and for authorization for the mayor and grant director to execute the grant application documents.”

To conclude the meeting the commission will hear a request for the purchase of 3-yard side load containers from the City of Liberal Sanitation Department.

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