Leavenworth city commissioners have reached a consensus to begin the process of repealing two ordinances they feel are no longer needed.

Leavenworth city commissioners have reached a consensus to begin the process of repealing two ordinances they feel are no longer needed.

Commissioners took no formal action during Tuesday's study session. But they reached a consensus to start the process of repealing a charter ordinance that places a restriction on former commissioners serving in other government offices.

The three commissioners who attended Tuesday's meeting also agreed that an ordinance concerning the licensing of professional wrestling matches should be repealed.

City Manager Paul Kramer said a charter ordinance concerning commissioners holding other government offices dates back to 1969.

He said the City Commission at the time chartered out of a state law that prohibited commissioners from holding other government offices for a period of two years after leaving the commission.

Kramer said commissioners at the time passed their own charter ordinance limiting the prohibition against holding other offices to only a one-year period.

Kramer said the state law eventually was repealed, but the city's charter ordinance remains in place.

“We would just like to follow the state's lead,” he said.

Kramer said there have been past cases of sitting city commissioners running for other political offices. Had the commissioners been elected to the other offices, they would have been in violation of the city's charter ordinance.

But Kramer said the charter ordinance is unenforceable. He said the City Commission cannot prevent another elected body from allowing a former commissioner to take office.

Kramer said city officials reviewed the ordinance concerning professional wrestling matches after they recently were approached by a promoter wanting to schedule a mixed martial arts event in Leavenworth.

The city does not have an ordinance that specifically addresses mixed martial arts, so the event fell under a 1983 ordinance concerning licensing for professional wrestling matches.

Kramer said the ordinance no longer seems timely. He said the Kansas Department of Commerce's Athletic Commission oversees boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling events in Kansas.

Kramer said the state's boxing commissioner is unaware of any other city in Kansas that regulates these events.

If the ordinance is repealed, the state would still govern such events in Leavenworth. Kramer said city staff would become involved if a request is made to rent a city facility, such as the Riverfront Community Center, for such an event.

Commissioner Nancy Bauder said repealing the ordinance made sense.

“I think that's the best way to go,” Commissioner Mike Griswold said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jermaine Wilson said he agreed with the option of repealing the ordinance.

Kramer said the issue will come back to commissioners for formal action.

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