Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Harrisonville BOA OKs disorderly conduct ordinance
Board approves Hofer’s proposal, 6-1
By Bethany Bashioum
Harrisonville’s Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 in favor of approving the disorderly conduct ordinance Jan. 7, despite some public opposition.
The ordinance, proposed by Police Chief John Hofer, was drafted to help police officers in situations when a subject is acting inappropriately in public but doesn’t fall in line with an existing City of Harrisonville ordinance to do so.
The council bill originally listed 16 bullet points of disorderly conduct that would become enforceable, such as acting in a violent or tumultuous manner whereby property is in danger of being destroyed or damaged, making unreasonably loud noises, using profanity or obscene words, or wandering upon the private property of another, or peeking into the window or door of a habitable structure.
Spanning discussions over several months, Ward 3 Alderman Bret Reece led the tide on making the proposed ordinance a little more clear in its wording – and narrowing the bullet list down to 10 points.
Hofer had stated that he incorporated different sections from other ordinances in surrounding municipalities to enable law enforcement to deal with potentially violent situations.
During the Jan. 7 meeting, Reece again led aldermen through the proposal to clear up some of the verbiage to further clarify the intent with the bill.
Ward 3 Alderman David Dickerson was the only alderman to vote against the proposal.
In other business, the board took the following action:
• Approved an ordinance regarding a special use permit for the establishment of a boat, recreational vehicle, and equipment storage area at 1500 Clearwater Rd.
• Approved an ordinance to accept the final plat of Cass Regional Medical Center, a replat of lots 2 and 3.
Approved an ordinance to amend and increase the pole attachment fee and to establish that any future fee increases be determined in the city’s annual budget.
• Approved that the city administrator to negotiate and purchase a used sports utility vehicle under approved parameters not to exceed $16,000 for city hall.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the city administrator to execute an agreement with Kelly-Hill Company for repairs to the city-owned railroad spur.