Taser, Downtown District, Zoning Proposal on Salina City Agenda

From SALINA POST

Taser, the downtown arts, commerce and entertainment district and a planning application are among the items on the Salina City Commission’s agenda for Monday.

About the meeting

Study sessions and City Commission meetings will be held in person at Room 107 of the City-County Building at 300 West Ash Street and via Zoom until further notice. The meetings can also be viewed on the City of Salina’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/cityofSalinaKansas.

To participate via Zoom, citizens must use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89275984587.

The session can also be accessed by calling 1-346-248-7799. Enter Meeting ID: 892 7598 4587 when prompted.

If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the mayor requests public comment on an issue, citizens attending via Zoom must raise their hands so that the meeting host can grant them the floor. Those attending the face-to-face meeting will have the opportunity to speak on the podium.

Citizens can also send written comments or questions to the city commissioners by email at [email protected].

To give Commissioners a chance to review comments before the meeting, please email your comments or questions by 5pm on the Sunday before the Monday meetings.

Regular meeting

The regular meeting of the commissioners is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m

The commissioners are expected to consider approving an application for the city manager to enter into a five-year agreement with AXON Enterprise, Inc. to purchase 68 new AXON Taser 7 Conductive Energy Weapons (CEW), cartridges, software licenses, training equipment, and ancillary equipment.

According to the Commission’s package of meetings, “The Police Department’s current inventory of Taser ECDs was purchased in 2017. Like many technological products, particularly sophisticated electronic devices, the high-voltage capacitor and other electronic components of an ECD wear out or become obsolete over time. Therefore there it is necessary to replace them on an ongoing basis.”

In addition, the company recommends replacing CEW equipment every five years.

The proposed agreement with AXON would allow the city to make annual interest-free payments in the following amounts over a five-year period.

The new tasers would be compatible with the Salina Police Department’s current body-worn and car-mounted AXON camera systems, the request said.

Additionally, in anticipation of the need to upgrade its taser equipment, the Salina Police Department included $52,000 in its 2022 operating budget, according to the request.

Other items on the Salina City Commission agenda for Monday include the following.

● Consider approving a resolution to amend the fees in the 2022 Comprehensive Schedule of Fees related to ambulance fees.

● Consider passing a resolution setting the date for a public hearing to consider whether a dangerous building at 1123 W. Ash Street should be condemned and ordered for demolition or repair.

● Consider passing a proposed second-reading regulation that would amend the Salina Code to “authorize, authorize and authorize food trucks, horse-drawn carriages and cycle rickshaws, outdoor goods and small sidewalk dining areas, street vendors and street performers within the designated area regulate as a downtown arts, commerce, and entertainment district.”

● Consider adopting a resolution setting fees for permits for downtown activities.

● Consider approving on the first reading a proposed regulation amending and supplementing Regulation No. 22-11099 exempting certain property in the city from value taxation for purposes of economic development under Article 11, Section 13 of the Kansas Constitution freed.

● Consider approving a proposed first-reading regulation that would change the classification of the zoning district on a property at the southwest corner of Magnolia Road and Highland Avenue from R (single family housing) to C-3 (shopping mall) district.

In addition, the commissioners are scheduled to meet in an executive session to discuss with counsel the legal implications of the district court’s ruling in the case of the initiative order. Possible follow-up actions.

Click here to view Monday’s Salina City Commission meeting package.

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