Commission to hear report on inspection programs

12/14/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

On Tuesday, the Garden City Commission will hear a report from city staff regarding rental inspection programs other cities in and out of the state have created, and decide whether to start a similar program here.

The commission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St.

In October, city staff was directed to research alternatives for a rental inspections program. According to a report in the commission's agenda packet, staff researched several programs both in and outside of Kansas and found several common aspects, such as requiring landlord registrations and facility inspections though inspection programs varied in frequency and extensiveness.

Staff will ask the commission for direction on whether to draft an ordinance similar to a few other cities, or create its own program that would at least monitor minimum safety requirements that might include rental property registration and inspections for things like working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and adequate property ingress and egress windows.

The rental inspection program idea was pitched by Commissioner Melvin Dale over the summer due to a concern about non-code compliant rental housing that could pose a danger to people living in sub-standard conditions.

Dale was interested in implementing a monitoring and inspection program so renters could be assured when they sign a lease that the apartment has acceptable standards for things like running water and smoke detectors.

In addition to its regular meeting, commissioners will hold an 11 a.m. pre-meeting at the Jameson Energy Center, located next to the Wastewater Treatment, 325 Jennie Barker Road, to review progress on the project. The pre-meeting is open to the public.

Other business Tuesday includes:

* Discussion of a resolution to exempt the municipal courtroom and city prosecutor's office from the concealed carry law that allows concealed handguns in public buildings.

* Discussion of recommending to the Department of Transportation to award American Eagle Essential Air Service at Garden City Regional Airport.

* Discussion of a Traffic Advisory Board recommendation to deny a request to make Olive and Jenny streets one-way streets between Eighth Street and Eleventh Street.

* A resolution authorizing the removal of a tree nuisance from property at 623 Garden City Ave., 1002 N. Fifth St., 503 N. Taylor and 1501 St. John St., and removing nuisance conditions from property at 406 W. Emerson and 1806 A St. A 2:05 p.m. public hearing has been requested by the property owner at 406 W. Emerson.

* A resolution declaring the boundaries of the city limits.

* A resolution regarding the renewal of the city's Rural Housing Incentive Policy. The resolution initially passed in 2011 and was renewed in December 2012.

* An ordinance approving a rezoning of land at 3225 Prairie Ave. from general commercial to light industrial for use as a semi-truck maintenance facility.

* Discussion of annual Capital Improvement Reserve Fund end of year transfers.

* An amendment to the development agreement for Pioneer Road Estates RHID reflecting the developer's desire to use private financing rather than have the city bond eligible expenses.

* Discussion of recommendations from the compensation committee to approve Dec. 24 as an additional holiday, and approval of an additional personal day per year for employees who have completed five years of service.

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