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Oct. 6 De Soto City Council Meeting

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Public hearing to vacate 'Open Space' to precede council meeting

The De Soto City Council will have a public hearing regarding vacating a tract of land designated "Open Space" on the city plan before beginning their regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall.

De Soto residents Charlie and Renee James have filed a petition with the city to vacate a tract of land on the north side of 87th Street between Primrose Street and Timber Trails Drive that is currently designated as "open space."

Other items on the meeting's agenda include consideration of a re-zoning proposal for land at Kansas Highway 10 and Edgerton Road, consideration of a request to close part of 82nd Street for a neighborhood block party and approving ordering the city's audit.

The full agenda and supporting documents may be downloaded on the city's website.

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Council drops rental inspection program, extends waiving building fees

In other actions taken by the De Soto City Council at last night's meeting, the city's rental property inspection program was abandoned, the period for waiving all residential building permit fees was extended and approximately $1,800 in building permit fees for a new structure at Kill Creek Farm were waived.

With the 2012 budget proces finalized, the De Soto City Council returned to the discussion of the city's rental inspection program and how to procede in the future. After hearing from city landlords, including Councilman Randy Johnson, and from City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle regarding the city's adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code, which sets the minimal standards of living for any residential property, the council voted 3-2 to drop the inspection program.

The program called for regular city inspections of all rental properties in De Soto to ensure they were meeting standards of living.

Several landlords spoke of the resistance their renters had to having others in their homes.

"My renters resent having other people in their homes, including me, unless they are invited," said Belva Thrasher. "All of my renters are perfectly able to convey when they have a problem on the property and ask for it to be taken care of."

Council members Johnson, Ron McDaniel and John Krudwig voted to drop the program while Lori Murdock and Rick Walker opposed it.

After hearing an update on the number of new residential building permits granted since the city began waiving permit fees, the council voted unanimously to extend the window for receiving the discount, which would have gone from 100 percent waived to 50 percent at the end of this month, to the end of the calendar year.

Since the waiver program began in March 12 residential structures have been approved: eight housing units, two triplex units and two single family homes, and another handful of builders are nearly ready to apply for permits, according to Guilfoyle.

"Just based on quick calculations, the city is at roughly a one:one ratio of waived fees to assessed value," said Mayor Dave Anderson.

The waiver will now drop from 100 percent to 50 percent on Jan. 1 and go until March.

While fees are waived for residential building permits, all other structures are still requiring full payment and so a request was made by the Kill Creek Barn Association to waive the approximately $1,800 in fees for the new barn to be built on the property. The council approved waiving the fees 3-2.

Council members Rick Walker, Lori Murdock and John Krudwig approved the waiver. Before the official vote Murdock did disclose to the council and the audience that she is a member of the association and may serve on the board in the future, that said she shared her feelings on the importance of the barn to the De Soto community.

"This isn't about building a barn for Darrel Zimmerman or any one person, this is about replacing something that was taken from this community by a storm and I would hope that we, as a council and community, would respond and rally around any similar community staple," she said. "I would hope that we would do the same if it had been one of the churches or the scout house."

Councilman Johnson stated that he didn't disagree with the importance and "feel-good vibe" the barn brought to the community in the past or would bring again in the future but was concerned with what revenue it would contribute.

"I would like to see a projection of what [the barn] will bring to De Soto other than a good feeling if we're going to continue to spend tax payer money on it," he said.

Representatives from the barn association Mitra Templin and Brent Lathrom told the council their group would not be opposed to providing a revenue projection in the future but that they were unable to do so at this time.

"The barn and the association will generate revenue at some point, we'll have to to keep going," Lathrom said, "but before we can say how much that will be or when that will be we need to get the barn built first."

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Bike ban lifted from 83rd Street

The De Soto City Council voted 4-1 last night to lift the non-motorized vehicle ban on 83rd Street. A city ordinance lifting the ban will officially go into effect next Thursday, Sept. 22.

After much discussion by the council and several members of the public regarding the safety of cyclists and drivers on the road, only Councilman Ron McDaniel remained in favor of keeping the ban.

McDaniel, along with one or two members of the public, cited multiple concerns for the safety of cyclists, especially children, along the two-mile stretch of 83rd Street from Waverly Road to the eastern edge of city limits. The concerns raised were the same concerns that led to the ban being set in the first place more than 10 years ago, according to a former council member in attendance.

Responses to the safety issue came not only from other members of the council but also from cyclists in the community and surrounding areas who have been forced to avoid De Soto as a biking route since the ban was set.

"Riding 83rd Street may not be the best route but it is the most convenient route for many bikers and smart bikers avoid it at it's busiest times for vehicle traffic," said resident, avid biker and former member of the board of the Johnson County Bicycle Club Mark Schrivner. "Choosing when and where to ride for our safety and others is a personal right that should be left to the cyclists."

Other cyclists in the audience urged the council to lift the ban for the sake of De Soto, stating the ban left "a black mark" on the city that had a far reach.

"This ban has given De Soto a bad reputation and has kept cyclists and other active people away," said cyclist and operator of kansascyclist.com. "I get requests all the time on my website asking for suggested routes through the state, some from locals but many from people all over the country, and I have to tell them to avoid De Soto and go around it and I'd really like to be able to change that because I loved riding through here before the ban and would like to again."

Council members Rick Walker, Lori Murdock and Randy Johnson were the most supportive of repealing the ban.

"I've ridden that road hundreds of times, I've been a triathlete and an Iron Man competitor but I would never ride that road at a peak time," Johnson said. "I'm vehemently against regulations for regulations' sake and I believe both cyclists and drivers have to take responsibility for their own actions."

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Bike ban lifted from 83rd Street

The De Soto City Council voted 4-1 last night to lift the non-motorized vehicle ban on 83rd Street.

After much discussion by the council and several members of the public regarding the safety of cyclists and drivers on the road, only Councilman Ron McDaniel remained in favor of keeping the ban.

McDaniel, along with one or two members of the public, cited multiple concerns for the safety of cyclists, especially children, along the two-mile stretch of 83rd Street from Waverly Road to the eastern edge of city limits. The concerns raised were the same concerns that led to the ban being set in the first place more than 10 years ago, according to a former council member in attendance.

Responses to the safety issue came not only from other members of the council but also from cyclists in the community and surrounding areas who have been forced to avoid De Soto as a biking route since the ban was set.

"Riding 83rd Street may not be the best route but it is the most convenient route for many bikers and smart bikers avoid it at it's busiest times for vehicle traffic," said resident, avid biker and former member of the board of the Johnson County Bicycle Club Mark Schrivner. "Choosing when and where to ride for our safety and others is a personal right that should be left to the cyclists."

Other cyclists in the audience urged the council to lift the ban for the sake of De Soto, stating the ban left "a black mark" on the city that had a far reach.

"This ban has given De Soto a bad reputation and has kept cyclists and other active people away," said cyclist and operator of kansascyclist.com. "I get requests all the time on my website asking for suggested routes through the state, some from locals but many from people all over the country, and I have to tell them to avoid De Soto and go around it and I'd really like to be able to change that because I loved riding through here before the ban and would like to again."

Council members Rick Walker, Lori Murdock and Randy Johnson were the most supportive of repealing the ban.

"I've ridden that road hundreds of times, I've been a triathlete and an Iron Man competitor but I would never ride that road at a peak time," Johnson said. "I'm vehemently against regulations for regulations' sake and I believe both cyclists and drivers have to take responsibility for their own actions."

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Sept. 15 De Soto City Council Meeting

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Council to discuss repealing bike ban

The De Soto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight for their regular meeting. While there is no old business on the agenda, new business discussion items include discussing repealing the city's ban of non-motorized vehicles on 83rd Street and potentially waiving building permit fees for a new structure at Kill Creek Farm.

The full agenda and supporting documents for tonight's meeting, including the results of a 1996 bicycle safety study performed on 83rd Street, are available on the city's website.

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Council approves ordinance amending city plumbing code

The De Soto City Council unanimously approved City Ordinance 2292 amending the city's plumbing code at their meeting Thursday night.

The new ordinance calls for sewer backflow prevention devices to be installed in homes at the owners' expense in the following circumstances:

  • when a new home is being built;
  • if a home experiences a sewage back-up directly;
  • when repairs or replacements are being made to an existing residential sewer line; or
  • when home repairs or restorations are done on 25 percent or more of the residence.

Permit fees for the plumbing work will be waived by the city. The change to city codes came about as the result of a residential sewer back-up in March of this year.

The council also granted three temporary use permits to the De Soto Chamber of Commerce for its annual Cookin' on the Kaw barbecue festival and contest, which will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at Riverfest Park. Event organizers requested and received a noise permit, a cereal malt beverage permit and a permit to use a public space for an event.

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Sept. 1 De Soto City Council meeting

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Council to discuss amending sewer regulations

The De Soto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall for their regular meeting.

One item on the agenda is a proposed amendment to the city code that would require sewer back-up prevention devices in specific situations. The council is also set to discuss a temporary use permit for the annual Cookin' on the Kaw barbecue competition.

The full agenda and supporting documents may be viewed and downloaded from the city's website.

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