Volume 22 - Number 25 - June 23, 2017
Published by the League of Kansas Municipalities
Our popular Legislative Session Review webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. Our legislative staff will cover issues impacting local government and key issues for appointed/elected officials. Sign up today; the webinar is free and limited to 100 participants. The webinar is open to League members only.
The revised and edited 2017 Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) and the Uniform Public Offense Code (UPOC) publications are now available to order online and will be shipped the second week of July.
Published by the League of Kansas Municipalities since 1960, the Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) is an efficient, economical way to regulate traffic in Kansas cities. Whether or not your city has incorporated previous editions of the STO, the new edition may be adopted by the publication of a single ordinance. A manual explaining the procedures for incorporating the STO by reference is included with each order.
Published by the League of Kansas Municipalities since 1980, the Uniform Public Offense Code (UPOC) contains approximately 100 public offenses that can be adjudicated in municipal court. While many of the provisions parallel state law, the UPOC also contains offenses that are frequently enforced only within cities. Whether or not your city has incorporated previous editions of the UPOC, the new edition may be adopted by the publication of a single ordinance. A manual explaining the procedures for incorporating the UPOC by reference is included with each order.
The League offers electronic and hard copy editions for cities to purchase. Follow links below to order your copies.
SB 89 increased the fine for a seat belt violation from $10 to $30 and goes into effect on July 1, 2017. If your city is using the Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) you will be out of compliance without passing an ordinance to amend Section 182.1. The League, with the assistance of Nicole Proulx Aiken, has prepared two model ordinances to help members make this amendment. One model is for those with a city code and the other is for those without a city code and they can both be found here under the Traffic sample ordinance section. The 2017 edition of the STO, which should be ready for delivery by July 5, 2017, will have the increased fine amount.
The League’s Annual Conference, September 16-18, in Wichita is going to be a great resource for local officials in Kansas. Why should you attend? Here’s what members are saying:
"I particularly enjoy the opening session and the keynote speaker the League brings in to kickoff the conference. I always find this session offers stimulating thoughts on leadership development, civic betterment and what challenges we as elected officials should anticipate. I get a lot out of the breakout sessions and panel discussions on timely current topics that are impacting our cities. Networking with other elected officials, Mayors and City Managers helps develop those important contacts and builds a good relationship with neighboring Kansas communities." - Jon Daveline, Mayor, City of Hutchinson
Register for conference here: http://www.lkm.org/page/AnnualConference.
Maintaining openness in government is a key responsibility for elected and appointed city officials. It is critical that city and county attorneys, along with elected and appointed officials, have a working knowledge of both the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). This workshop provides an in-depth legal analysis of both KOMA and KORA. During the KOMA portion of the training, attendees will learn about: Types of governmental bodies and meetings covered by KOMA; requirements of the Act; serial meetings; executive sessions, including proper procedure to recess; authorized subject matter, and who may attend; enforcement and penalties. The KORA section of the training will focus on the: policies and procedures all cities should establish; effects of social media; and KORA exemptions.
This MTI is a core MTI class and the League recommends that any city official attend the class. Three locations will be offered in August: Neodesha (August 11), Edwardsville (August 18) and Garden City (August 25). Register online today! Cost to attend this course is $100 for members, $125 for nonmembers. Lunch and KOMA/KORA manuals provided. This MTI has been submitted for CLE and IIMC approval.
KDOT has asked the League to share a proposed update to the KDOT Policies for Consultation with Non-Metropolitan Local Officials. The draft document addresses consultation with local officials not included in a metropolitan planning organization (MPO). KDOT is required to submit their policies regarding non-MPO participation in the development of the Long-Range Transportation Plan and State Transportation Improvement Program to local officials for comment.
Comments are due by August 18, 2017. No comments by phone, please.
As League members, please review the policies provided and submit your feedback, in writing, in one of two ways:
- By email to KDOT#LocalConsultationUpdate@ks.gov
- Additionally, comments can be mailed to:
KDOT Division of Policy
700 SW Harrison
Topeka, Kansas 66603
The following is a summary of updates made to the KDOT Policies for Consultation with Non-Metropolitan Local Officials:
- Removed all references in the document to the KTOC website as a location to provide public comment. The use of this site has been discontinued.
- Removed option to provide public comment via fax.
- Updated Kansas rank in population from 33rd to 35th
- Update to reflect current bridge counts.
- Update to reflect changes made to the Transportation Alternatives program (formerly known as the Transportation Enhancement program and Safe Routes to School program).
- Update to reflect changes in federal transit program categories. Removed two programs that are either no longer offered through the Federal Transit Administration or folded into another existing program category.
- Updated the effective date of the policy.
View the full document online: https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/lkm.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/files/Outside_Agencies/2017_Update_KDOT_Policies_fo.pdf
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