By Carol Neugent
Changes to the door-to-door sales code and the addition of an entirely new special events permit process were approved by the Haysville City Council Monday night.
City officials said the council actions were taken to help clarify licensing and permitting procedures for both city staff and local residents.
Chief administrative officer Will Black explained that what started as an effort to provide the chief of police with clear guidelines for approving or disapproving door-to-door sales permits turned into an extensive revision of the regulations. Changes made would allow the chief of police to more quickly revoke a license when necessary, require individuals to carry a copy of any approved application, and provide a notice for revocation or denial of any permit. Further change was suggested by council that would recognize a homeowner’s ability to post property with a no solicitation sign.
Concern was expressed about citizens’ ability to accurately verify licenses, with council member Seth Konkel asking that something be posted on the website explaining the process.
A new special events permit process was adopted specifically for fun runs under 10K following the requests for two upcoming runs. Black informed the council that the city had received two recent requests for races and the permit would provide the city with relevant information as well as a process to authorize the events.
Of significance is the requirement for $500,000 in insurance coverage for the event, with the city named as an additional insured. In authorizing the new process the council also approved the two previously requested runs.
In other business at Monday night’s regular council meeting:
• Helen Wait of the Oz Bicycle Club announced that the Wicked Wind 100 will be returning to Haysville the weekend of May 18 and 19. The event will celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary with organizers hoping to top last year’s number of 385 riders.
• Council approved a contract with Professional Engineering Consultants for assistance with the state permitting required for the Turkle Street improvements project.
• The purchase of an adaptive motion training and rowing machine for use at the Haysville Activity Center was approved.
• Police Chief Jeff Whitfield explained the NIXLE community notification system and directed people to www.nixle.com as a way to enroll to receive text messages and emails from the Haysville Police Department about emergency situations in Haysville. He also reported that the city hall basement would continue to be opened as a storm shelter during the storm season.
• Public Works director Randy Dorner reported that clean-up work was taking place at the former Diamond Shamrock station but that there were no current plans for any new business at that location. He also announced that activity for the new fire station on North Main was still 60 days away.
• Recreation director Georgie Carter announced the annual Easter egg hunt scheduled for March 24 in the Historic District.
• Council briefly discussed attendance at the Haysville Forward, Inc. meeting. Members also questioned the current purchasing policy, with Mayor Ken Hampton agreeing to put the policy on the next agenda for review and discussion.