Tasers, downtown district, zoning request on City of Salina’s agenda

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jun 6, 2022


Tasers, the downtown arts, commerce and entertainment district and a zoning request 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 in Room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street, and via Zoom until further notice. The meetings can also be viewed on the City of Salina YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/cityofSalinaKansas.

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

The meeting is also accessible by telephone at 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 item, citizens present via Zoom should raise their hands so the meeting host can allow them to speak. . Those attending the meeting in person will have the opportunity to speak at the podium.

Citizens may also send written comments or questions to the City Commissioners via email at [email protected].

In order for Commissioners to have an opportunity to review comments prior to the meeting, please email your comments or questions by 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the Monday meetings.

Regular meeting

The ordinary commissioners’ session is due to start at 4 p.m.

Commissioners are to consider approving a request for the City Manager to sign a five-year agreement with AXON Enterprise, Inc., for the purchase of 68 new AXON Taser 7 Conductive Energy Weapons (CEWs), cartridges, software licenses, training equipment, and auxiliary equipment.

According to the committee meeting record, “The police department’s current Taser CEW inventory was purchased in 2017. Like many technology products, especially sophisticated electronics, a CEW’s high-voltage capacitor and other electronic components wear out or become obsolete over time, so they need to be replaced on an ongoing basis.”

Additionally, the company recommends that AI equipment be replaced every five years.

The proposed agreement with AXON would allow the City to make interest-free annual payments for the following amounts over five years.

The new tasers would be compatible with the Salina Police Department’s current AXON body-worn and in-vehicle camera systems, the application says.

Additionally, in anticipation of the need to upgrade its Taser gear, the Salina Police Department has included $52,000 in its 2022 operating budget, based on demand.

Other items on the agenda of the Salina Municipal Commission for Monday are as follows.

● Consider approving a resolution changing the fees in the 2022 Comprehensive Fee Schedule related to ambulance fees.

● Consider approving a resolution setting a date for a public hearing to determine whether an unsafe structure at 1123 W. Ash Street should be condemned and ordered demolished or repaired.

●Consider approving a draft ordinance at second reading that would amend the Salina Code to “permit, license and regulate food trucks, horse-drawn vehicles and pedicabs, outdoor merchandise and small rest areas. sidewalk food, sidewalk vendors and street performers in the area designated as the downtown arts, commerce and entertainment district.

●Consider approving a resolution establishing fees for permits for downtown activities.

● Consider approving on first reading a draft ordinance amending and supplementing ordinance no. 22-11099 exempting certain city property from ad valorem taxation for economic development purposes pursuant to article 11, section 13 of the Kansas Constitution.

● Consider first reading approval of a proposed ordinance that would change the zoning district classification from R (single-family residential) to C-3 (shopping center) on a property located at the southwest corner of Magnolia Road and Highland Ave.

In addition, the commissioners are to meet in executive session to discuss with legal counsel the legal implications of the district court’s decision in the initiative order case. Possible action to follow.

To view the Salina Municipal Commission meeting record for Monday, Click here.