Daily Archives: Aug. 17, 2010

City approves tougher graffiti laws

graffitiLeave the spray paint and fat markers at home.

Wichita City Council members passed a new law today that bans people from carrying spray paint, broad-tipped markers and a variety of other potential graffiti tools on public property or within 100 feet of it. It also bans stores from selling the materials to anyone under the age of 18.

If caught and convicted, violators face a $250 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Police would need to have probable cause to search people for the banned materials, and they say the law won’t stop children from carrying normal, school-approved markers. Read More »

Council approves Eaton Place refinancing

Eaton PlaceEaton Place developers, Metro Plains Development, LLC, can go ahead and refinance the residential portion of their historic downtown building after Wichita City Council members have a approved a series of agreements this morning.

Council members approved the move 7-0 without any discussion or public comment.

That paves the way for Metro Plains Development to complete a refinancing this month that would lower their interest rate by 2 percentage points. Allen Bell, director of the city’s office of urban development, said the property is not at risk of foreclosure — a move that would put city taxpayers on the hook for almost $1.7 million.  Here’s more background.

Holland vows to invest in education and make government more transparent

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – As part of a three stop trek, state Sen. Tom Holland on Tuesday promised to support education, protect vital government services and make governed more efficient.

Holland, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Baldwin City, proposed using money from the Kansas Lottery to help support technical training in new industries such as renewable energy, biosciences and health care specialists.

“We will work with the legislature to make it possible to use these funds for direct support to training centers as well as scholarship for prospective students,” he said at an appearance at the Kansas Capitol.

Money from the fund already had been allocated to support training and research for the aviation industry, he noted.

Tuesday afternoon, Holland was scheduled to deliver similar remarks at a Wichita appearance 3 p.m. at 401 E Douglas Street, Suite 200. Earlier on Tuesday, Holland had spoken at an appearance in Kansas City, Kan. Read More »

Council move may force Roy’s Bachelor Lounge to close

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Roy’s Bachelor Lounge at 3105 E. 13th St., near 13th and Hillside, may have to close down now that Wichita City Council members have reclassified its drinking license.

Its teary-eyed owner, Leroy Thompson, left frustrated and dejected after the council ruled this morning that the business doesn’t serve enough food to be considered a “drinking establishment/restaurant.” Under city rules, businesses with that designation must be able to prove that at least 30 percent of their sales are food.

The council’s decision reclassifies Roy’s Bachelor Lounge as a “drinking establishment,” which means it can only allow people 21 and over in. But the business doesn’t have the proper zoning to be a drinking establishment and has tried and failed in the past to obtain conditional use zoning, said Knute Fraser, who represented Thompson this morning. “He’s basically out of business,” he said. Read More »