Correcting an oversight, the Garden City Commission on Tuesday approved a modification to city traffic ordinances that allow certain utility vehicles to operate on city streets.
In 2013, the city approved an ordinance authorizing the operation of Micro Utility Trucks on city streets. Police Chief Michael Utz said the intent was to also include recreational off-highway vehicles, but they were inadvertently left out of the ordinance at the time.
Utz said the issue came to the police department’s attention when a question arose about the type of tires ROVs could have. Staff learned while doing research that ROVs weren’t included in the ordinance.
“We do have 33 of these vehicles registered to operate. There have been no issues. They’ve been operating safely; no crashes, no citations issued,” Utz said.
MUVs and ROVs are required to be registered, have proof of insurance and undergo a safety inspection meeting certain equipment requirements, including headlights and tail lights, tag lights, rear reflectors, turn signals, braking systems, horns and warning devices, side mirrors, safety belts and shoulder harnesses, and mufflers.
The vehicles are prohibited from operating on state highways, including Main Street south of Kansas Avenue (Business 83), Kansas Avenue, Taylor Avenue north of Kansas Avenue, Fulton Street east of Main Street, U.S. highways 50 and 83, and the bypass. However, the vehicles are allowed to cross those streets.
In other business Tuesday:
• Commissioners adopted a resolution approving lease/purchase financing with Commerce Bank for Garden City Police Department vehicles. The department ordered six patrol vehicles and a sport utility vehicle from Burtis Motors that will be financed over three years for a total of $216,916. Annual payments are $74,825.
• Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing participation in the development of a feasibility study for water reuse under a federal water reclamation and reuse program. The city is seeking a Bureau of Reclamation grant to develop the feasibility study, which will look at ways to use the city’s effluent water resources for beneficial uses.
Fred Jones, water resource manager, said the projected cost is $130,737, and the federal funding request is $65,368. The city is proposing in-kind funding of $37,650, which reflects expenditures for a wastewater effluent reuse feasibility study conducted by Burns & McDonnell last year, and matching funds of $27,718 from engineering fees the city collects.
• Following a public hearing, commissioners approved an ordinance re-establishing the Prairie View Acres Rural Housing Incentive District. The project, located on Campus Drive just south of the Trails Apartment complex, includes 264 units. The original RHID started Jan. 1, 2015, but infrastructure setbacks caused construction delays for the developer.
• Commissioners appointed Larry Geier to the Finney County Economic Development Corp. board of directors.
• Commissioners reappointed Kevin Campbell and appointed Gilbert Valerio to three-year terms on the Public Utilities Advisory Board.
• Commissioners scheduled their annual goal setting retreat for Feb. 23, tentatively to be held at the Finnup Center.
• Commissioners proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 to 28 as Health Awareness Week in Garden City.
Mayor Chris Law will read a proclamation at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, 3101 Belmont Place., at 8:30 a.m. Monday, urging all residents of Garden City to take advantage of wellness opportunities. The mayor also will participate in a healthy activity with the students and staff after reading the proclamation.
Six main areas of health will be focused on during the week at the schools: nutritional health, physical health, mental health, health through safety, tobacco prevention, and health through screening and prevention.
• Commissioners rescheduled the July 4 meeting to July 6 to avoid a conflict with the Fourth of July holiday.