Municipal court costs to rise?

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to consider raising municipal court costs during their meeting Tuesday.

The session begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

City Manager Ron Fehr said the proposed $10 fee is to pay for a software upgrade and maintenance contract.

Commissioners will consider approving the fee for all individuals processed by the municipal court over the next five years.

Fehr said parking tickets would be the only exception to the fee. He said since parking violations usually carry fines of $5 to $10, an increase that could double the amount would be too much.

As for the software, Fehr said it will save the city money because the new system automatically calls individuals to remind them of pending court dates.

It also networks with the RCPD computer system. The current system does neither.

In addition to discussing the software upgrade, commissioners also will consider approving two rezoning projects.

The first project is for Manhattan Area Technical College. The issue is rezoning the campus property from a residential district to a university district.

The second matter is an amendment to the planned unit developement (PUD) at First National Bank on the corner of Claflin Road and Denison Avenue.

Property owners want to remodel the second floor of the building to add more office space and classrooms, which is rented by Kansas State University.

City ordinances require any modifications to structures inside a PUD to be approved by the city commission.

Since this is the first meeting of the month, there will be a public comment session.

The meeting will be televised on local cable TV.

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