CHAPTER XIV. TRAFFICCHAPTER XIV. TRAFFIC\ARTICLE 2. LOCAL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, accelerate, or halt any vehicle upon a public highway, street, or alley within the city in a manner not reasonably necessary for the ordinary use or normal operation thereof, or in such a manner as to indicate a careless or heedless disregard for the rights or the safety of others, or in such a manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.

(Ord. 434, Sec. 1; Code 1984)

Article 7, Section 33 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, be amended to the extent that:

(a)   The speed limit on First Street, between Highway 77 and the Santa Fe railroad tracks be increased to 30 m.p.h.; subject, however, to previously and currently existing school zone speed limits in that area.

(b)   The speed limit on Second Street and Fourth Street from Elm Street east in the city shall be 20 m.p.h. Any speed in excess of 20 m.p.h. on the streets in the designated area shall be deemed a violation of this code and punishable as set forth in the “Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities.”

(c)   It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in any alleyway within the city limits at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in any alleyway of the city when using the alleyway as a through thoroughfare, it being understood that the purpose of the alley is to grant access to landowners whose rear yards abut the alleyway, it shall be unlawful for any person by motor vehicle or other means to cause ruts or damage to the alleyways.

(Ord. 493, Sec. 1; Ord. 512, Sec. 1; Ord. 629, Sec. 1; Code 2007)

(a)   The governing body is hereby authorized to designate and establish truck routes through the city for the use of transports and heavy vehicles as hereinafter defined. All such routes shall be marked by suitable signs by the city to advise the traveling public of the existence of such truck routes.

(b)   From and after the designation and signing of any truck route as provided for herein, every transport, truck tractor, farm tractor, road tractor, trailer, mobile home, semitrailer and every other truck or vehicle of a licensed capacity in excess of 4,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) shall use and follow such prescribed route or routes while within the city and shall not use any residential street or other street except as stated herein. When it is necessary for any such vehicle to deliver or load freight or cargo at a destination not on a designated route, the vehicle may leave the truck route by the most direct and shortest route and return to the truck route the same way after loading or delivery. City police officers may direct the routing of all such vehicles. 

(c)   No transport or other truck carrying gasoline, benzene, hazardous materials or other flammable or explosive liquids or gases, whether empty or full, shall stop within 300 feet of a school building except for emergency refueling, repairs or delivery of product.

(d)   For the purpose of this section, the following streets, avenues and traffic ways of the city are hereby designated as truck routes:

(1)   1st Street from west city limits to 77 Highway.

(2)   Elm Street from 1st Street to 77 Highway.

(3)   Poplar Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street.

(4)   2nd Street from Poplar Street to 1/2 block east of Poplar Street.

(5)   Pecan Street from 3rd Street to 7th Street.

(6)   7th Street from Elm Street to Pecan Street.

(7)   5th Street from Pecan Street to Poplar Street.

(8)   3rd Street from Elm Street to Pecan Street.

(e)   No transport, truck tractor, farm tractor, road tractor, trailer, mobile home, semitrailer, nor any vehicle of a licensed capacity of more than 24,000 pounds GVW shall be, at any time, parked or left unattended on any street, avenue or public way within the city except on such streets, avenues and public ways that have been specifically designated for such parking by the city. This provision shall not apply for the stopping of trucks for emergency refueling or making repairs. All such vehicles may be stored on private property, either on vacant ground or in a building, if such property is zone B-1, B-2 or 1-1, unless such parking shall constitute a fire hazard or shall be prohibited by building codes or zoning ordinances of the city or shall be dangerous to persons or property.

(Ord. 560; Ord. 616; Code 2007, 14-204:208)

(a)   Definitions.

(1)   Sound Amplification System -   Any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or other electronic device used for the amplification of sound.

(2)   Plainly Audible - Any sound produced by a sound amplification system from within the vehicle, which clearly can be heard at a distance of 50 feet or more. Measurement standards shall be by the auditory senses, based on direct line of sight.  Words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included. The motor vehicle may be stopped, standing, parked or moving on a street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway, on either public or private property.

(b)   No person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway, whether public or private property, shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle.  

(c)   It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the operator was not otherwise prohibited by law from operating the sound amplification system, and that any of the following apply:

(1)   The system was being operated to request medical or vehicular assistance or to warn of a hazardous road condition;

(2)   The vehicle was an emergency or public safety vehicle;

(3)   The vehicle was owned and operated by the city or a gas, electric, communications or refuse company; or

(4)   The system or vehicle was used in authorized public activities, such as parades, fireworks, sports events, musical productions, and other activities which have the approval of the governing body or a department of the city authorized to grant such approval.

(d)   Any person, individual, partnership, corporation, or association who violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished as follows:

(1)   For a first offense, a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00;

(2)   For a second and subsequent offense in a calendar year, a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $750.00.

Each separate offense in violation thereof which is found to exist or continues to exist shall be a separate offense and punishable as such hereunder.

(Ord. 578; Code 2007, 14-209:211, 213; Code 2015)

(a)   In the area designated as the Central Business District, the driver of a vehicle shall not cross the center line of any street to enter a parking space on the opposite side of the street. This section shall not in any way limit the ability of a driver to cross the center line to enter a private driveway, street, parking lot, alley, or the like. The Central Business District shall be designated as Forrest Street from 2nd to 4th Street and 3th Street from Maple to Walnut Street.

(b)   The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any street in the designated Central Business District, nor upon any other street unless such movement can be made in safety without interfering with other traffic.

(Ord. 613, Sec. 1; Code 2007, 14-212)

(a)   Operation of Work-Site Utility Vehicles; Penalty.

(1)   Work-site utility vehicles may be operated upon the public highways, street, roads and alleys within the corporate limits of the city.

(2)   “Work-site vehicle” means any motor vehicle which is not less than 48 inches in width, has an overall length, including the bumper, of not more than 135 inches, has an unladen weight, including fuel and fluids, of more than 800 pounds and is equipped with four or more low pressure tires, a steering wheel and bench or bucket type seating allowing at least two people to sit side-by-side, front and rear bumpers, and may be equipped with a bed or cargo box for hauling materials.

(3)   No work-site utility vehicle shall be operated on any public highway, street, road or alley unless such vehicle shall comply with the equipment requirements under the provisions of article 17, chapter 8 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated.

(4)   Every person operating a work-site utility vehicle on the public highways, streets, roads and alleys of the city shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to a driver of a motor vehicle imposed by law, including Section 200 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance, then in effect, which requires liability insurance and which is expressly made applicable herein to work-site utility vehicles.

(5)   A violation of this section shall be deemed an ordinance traffic infraction.  Upon an entry of a plea of guilty or no contest or upon being convicted of such violation, the penalty imposed shall be in accordance with Section 201 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance, then in effect.

(b)   Roadways Laned for Traffic.

(1)   All work-site utility vehicles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any work-site utility vehicle of the full use of a lane.

(2)   The operator of a work-site utility vehicle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

(3)   No person shall operate a work-site utility vehicle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lanes or rows of vehicles.

(c)   Valid Driver’s License Required: Penalty.

No person shall operate a work-site utility vehicle on any public highway, street, road or alley within the corporate limits of the city unless such person has a valid driver’s license.  Violation of this section is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(Ord. 759; Ord. 786; Code 2015)

(a)   DEFINITIONS.  As used in this section, a “Golf cart” means a motor vehicle that has not less than three wheels in contact with the ground, an unladen weight of not more than 1,800 pounds, is designed to be operated at not more than 25 miles per hour and is designed to carry not more than four persons, including the driver.

(b)   OPERATION OF SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES ON CITY STREETS; SPECIAL CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ON OPERATION. 

(1)   Golf carts may be operated upon the public highways, streets, roads and alleys within the corporate limits of the city.

(A)  No golf cart may be operated upon any public highway, street, road and alley with a posted speed limit in excess of 30 miles per hour. 

(B)  No golf cart shall be operated on First Street, any interstate highway, federal highway or state highway; provided, however, that the provisions of this subsection shall not prohibit a golf cart from crossing First Street, a federal or state highway with a posted speed limit greater than 30 miles per hour.

(C)  No golf cart shall be operated on any public highway, street, road or alley between sunset and sunrise.

(c)   SAME: VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIRED. 

(1)   No person shall operate a golf cart on any public highway, street, road or alley within the corporate limits of the city unless such person has a valid driver’s license.

(d)   SAME; REGISTRATION AND LICENSE; FEE; APPLICATION; PENALTY:

(1)   Before operating any golf cart on any public highway, street, road or alley within the corporate limits of the city and each calendar year thereafter, the vehicle shall be registered with the city and a license shall be obtained and placed on the vehicle.  The license fee shall be $5.00 per calendar year, payable in advance to the city clerk.  The full amount of the license fee shall be required regardless of the time of year that the application is made. 

(2)   Application for registration of a golf cart shall be made by the owner, or owner’s agent, in the office of the city clerk. The application shall be made upon forms provided by the city and each application shall contain the name of the owner, the owner’s residence address, or bona fide place of business, a brief description of the vehicle to be registered (including make, model and serial number, if applicable). 

(3)   Upon payment of the fees herein provided, a license shall be issued to the owner who shall attach it to the vehicle.  The license shall be displayed in such a manner as to be clearly visible from the rear of the vehicle.  The license number on the application will be recorded and then filed in city office.

(4)   It is unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter such license during the time in which the same is operative.

(5)   The license issued hereunder is not transferable.  In the event of sale or other transfer of ownership of any vehicle license under the provisions of this section, the existing license and the right to use the numbered license shall expire, and the license shall be removed by the owner.  It is unlawful for any person other than the person to whom the license was originally issued to have the same in his possession.

(6)   In the event a license is lost or destroyed, the city clerk, upon proper showing by the licensee and the payment of a fee of $5.00, shall issue a new license in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(7)   It shall be unlawful for any person to:

(A)  Operate, or for the owner thereof knowingly to permit the operation, upon a public street, road, highway, or alley within the corporate limits of the city any special purpose vehicle  which is not registered and which does not have attached thereto and displayed thereon the license assigned thereto by the city for the current registration year.

(B)  Display, cause or permit to be displayed, or to have in possession, any registration receipt, registration license or registration decal knowing the same to be fictitious or to have been canceled, revoked, suspended or altered.

(C)  Lend to or knowingly permit the use by one not entitled thereto any registration receipt, registration license plate or registration decal issued to the person so lending or permitting the use thereof.

(D)  Remove, conceal, alter, mark or deface the license number plate, plates or decals, or any other mark of identification upon any special purpose vehicle.  Licenses shall be kept clean and placed as required by law so as to be plainly visible and legible.

(E)   Carry or display a registered number plate or plates or registration decal upon any golf cart not lawfully issued for such vehicle.

(F)   Any person found to be in violation of any of the provisions shall forfeit the license.  The person may be eligible to obtain a new license after 12 months.

(Ord. 777; Code 2015)

(a)   The following areas are designated as school zones:

(1)   First Street from Highway 77 to Elm Street

(2)   First Street from Poplar Street to Willow Street

(3)   Third Street from Poplar Street to Willow Street

(4)   Fourth Street from Willow Street to Chestnut Street

(5)   Fifth Street from Willow Street to Chestnut Street

(6)   Chestnut Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street

(b)   The speed limit in a school zone shall be 20 miles per hour when a flashing yellow 20 miles per hour speed limit indicator is operating or at times posted on school zone signs and school is in session.

(Ord. 854; Code 2017)

The following are designated as no parking zones:

(a)   In the north Right of Way of East First Street, beginning at the West Right of Way of U.S. Hwy 77, going west to the West Right of Way of School Street.

(Ord. 862; Code 2017)