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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City could legalize switchblades

  • While nothing is official yet, an ordinance that's under consideration by the Leavenworth City Commission could lift a city ban on switchblades.
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    • In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took up the following issues:

      They approved bids from Baker Construction totaling $151,900 for the construction of a new...
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      In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took up the following issues:
      They approved bids from Baker Construction totaling $151,900 for the construction of a new house at 746 Michigan St. The project will be funded through a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant.
      They approved the purchase of software for Municipal Court from Justice Systems for $94,775.
      They approved an ordinance for a Kansas Gas Service franchise agreement.
      They reached a consensus to advance an ordinance amending the 2011 Development Regulations.
      They reached a consensus to advance an ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinance section regarding no parking any time regulations.
      They reached a consensus to advance an ordinance regarding intersection traffic control.
  • While nothing is official yet, an ordinance that's under consideration by the Leavenworth City Commission could lift a city ban on switchblades.
    That's according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.
    During a meeting Tuesday, Kitchens presented an updated Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities for first consideration by the Commission.
    The Uniform Public Offense Code, which lays out various crimes, serves a comprehensive public offense ordinance for the cities that adopt it.
    Kitchens said the League of Kansas Municipalities furnishes an updated version of the Uniform Public Offense Code each year for cities in the state. He said the 2013 version contains several changes, most of which are minor.
    But Kitchens noted that the new version of the Uniform Public Offense Code eliminates language prohibiting switchblades and the carrying of knives with blades longer than four inches.
    Commissioners still could decide to prohibit the weapons.
    "I'm not making a judgement or recommendation," Kitchens said.
    But he asked commissioners to give it some thought.
    Commissioners took no formal action Tuesday on an ordinance to adopt the 2013 version of the Uniform Public Offense. But the three commissioners who attended Tuesday's meeting reached a consensus to move forward with the ordinance. It will come back to commissioners for second consideration and possibly a vote.
    Commissioner Lisa Weakley said she's not happy about the removal of the switchblade language, but she doesn't want to hold up the Uniform Public Offense Code.
    Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger asked if many people violate the existing ordinance that prohibits switchblades and knives with blades longer than four inches.
    Kitchens estimated that people are charged for such violations less than five times per year. He said these cases generally involve alcohol. He said the cases tend to be less about the knives and more about poor decisions people make while they're intoxicated.
    Also Tuesday, commissioners reached a consensus to move forward with an ordinance to adopt the 2013 Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities. Also produced each year by the Kansas League of Municipalities, the Standard Traffic Ordinance serves as a comprehensive traffic code.
    Two commissioners were absent during Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Laura Janas Gasbarre and Larry Dedeke.

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