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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commissioners set fines for codes court

  • Leavenworth County commissioners approved a resolution Monday that sets $250 fines for violating various codes and regulations.
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    • In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners took up the following business:

      They met with Connie Torneden, secretary and co-treasurer of the Linwood Development Co...
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      In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners took up the following business:
      They met with Connie Torneden, secretary and co-treasurer of the Linwood Development Corporation. She requested $2,000 in financial assistance to her organization. Funding for the group was not approved. Torneden said she would make another attempt to contact the city of Linwood and contact a representative with Mid-America Regional Council regarding possible grants.
      They scheduled a public hearing for discussing proposed 2014 assessments for Sewer District No. 3. The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St. They approved resolutions to adopt 2014 budgets for other sewer districts.
  • Leavenworth County commissioners approved a resolution Monday that sets $250 fines for violating various codes and regulations.
    The resolution was passed as part of the county's establishment of a court to address code violations.
    The resolution, which was approved unanimously, lists the types of things that can be prosecuted through the new codes court including alleged violations of regulations for zoning, sanitary issues, viscous dogs, exotic animals, and open burning. A fine of up to $250 now can be imposed for each violation.
    County Counselor David Van Parys said the purpose of the court is to get people into compliance. He said the fact that a person can be fined for each day a violation exists gives the enforcement teeth.
    Previously, the county had to pursue violations through Leavenworth County District Court. Van Parys said having this separate court set up provides county officials a more direct method.
    The codes court will be presided over by a judge from District Court. Van Parys said the court may be held the last Wednesday of each month.
    Van Parys said the cost for setting up the court is expected to be negligible. He said there will be printing costs associated with tickets that can now be issued as part of the program.
    He said the fines likely won't bring in much money to the county government. He said the county is allowed to keep only a small amount as a administrative fee.
    "We keep a small portion," he said. "The rest goes to the state."
    Noting that each day can be counted as a violation, Commission Chairman Bob Holland said most people in violation of county codes won't be able to clean up their properties in one day.
    Van Parys said county officials are not required to issue tickets for each day.
    The county counselor said the intent for setting up the codes court is not to request jail time. But he told commissioners failure to show up to the court after receiving a summons could result in an arrest warrant being issued.
    Van Parys later said the first session of the codes court could be held at the end of this month.
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