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Council passes new ordinances regarding firearms, vehicle noise

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

At Tuesday evening's city council meeting two ordinances were passed, both matters were previously discussed at the council's most recent meeting.

The first ordinance passed by council members was one amending the firearms regulations. At the last meeting a representative from Green Outdoors of Steele, Mo., addressed the council informing them that he was planning on opening an indoor archery range. However, at the time, the ordinance in the city dealing with this issue did not permit this. In the amended ordinance, which all council members approved, it authorizes the Chief of Police the authority to issue permits under his discretion for the discharge or use of firearms as long as it is conducted under such circumstances so not to endanger the public peace or public safety. It also gives the police chief the power to revoke any permit at any time if the chief decides the firing and discharge of weapons no longer meets the objectives as set forth under the new section of the ordinance. It also states "the provisions of this section shall not apply to the firing of firearms or the discharge of projectile weapons within the bounds of gun clubs, archery clubs, commercial firing or archery ranges, skeet shoots or target ranges as authorized by the Chief of Police under a permit obtained in accordance with this section."

The other issue addressed was one dealing with loud noise coming from a vehicle. Also approved by council members, the ordinance states that "it is unlawful for any person, while operating, driving or parking any motor vehicle, to use or operate any electronic device, radio, stereo, tape player, disc player or other device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner that it disturbs the peace, quiet and comfort of persons in the vicinity of the motor vehicle unless said person is operating under authority duly and properly given by the City of Kennett. It also states that this is a violation if the sound is clearly audible from a distance of 50 feet.

Discussed in the work session was a subject that has been touched upon in previous meetings, replacement of street signs in the city. Randy Carter, street commissioner, has been pricing various signage costs. Five companies which he contacted and obtained their quotes include, G&C Supply Co., Inc, $5,187, Newman Traffic Signs, $6,025.84, Barco Municipal Products, Inc., $6,308.12, Rice Signs, LLC, $6,874.14, and American Fiber Technologies, $7,392.82. Signs priced were nine inch street sign (flat plates, two sided) that would be placed at all streets leading to state routes. Carter noted that those signs number 182 signs. There are other signs in the city that needs to be replaced as well this year. He also told council members that he has been checking into the possibility of purchasing a machine so the city could make their own signs. Mayor Jake Crafton noted that it might be a good idea to contact the surrounding communities to see if they would also be interested in this. After more discussion, the matter was tabled until the next meeting where it will once again be revisited. Carter will also have more information regarding this matter to share with the council. Breakaway posts for the signs would also have to be purchased.

Council member Bobby McMahon brought up the subject of trash in the city. He has been contacted regarding this matter which was at a rental house. He went and talked to the occupant of the home and was told that she rents the house. Whenever, there is a complaint, Fire Chief John Mallott noted that it would be a good idea to send a letter to the renter and a carbon copy of the letter to the landlord. That way the landlord would be aware of the problem and could possibly enforce it. Mallott also noted that it would be a good idea for landlords to require future renters to fill out a sheet with certain information. This way, they could be identified later on down the line if for some reason, they moved out of the property and needed to be found. Mallott added that new warrants were now going to require such information including height, weight, social security number, drivers license, a description, information used for identification.

After more discussion, no decision was made on the issue and Mayor Crafton noted that it might be good to wait and see the effect of the new warrants.

Also, addressed at the meeting was the following:

* A bid was accepted from Dave's Heating and Cooling, to install two heating units in the Municipal Building. The bid includes a five year warranty on parts, a five year warranty on the compressor, and one year warranty on labor. Bid amount was for $14,000. The municipal building has five units and three are out.

* Terry McVey, city attorney, will have an ordinance concerning the no smoking ban in restaurants at the next meeting.

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