ORDINANCE NO. 011690
the City Manager to conduct a pilot program within the areas commonly called
the Downtown and the Country Club Plaza for the replacement of individual news
racks with modular units provided to publishers.
a proliferation of news racks adds to the dangers presented to pedestrians and
drivers through unregulated placement of metal or plastic news racks; and
it is important for persons to have available newspapers and other types of
printed information; and
it is not the intention of the Mayor and City Council to prevent the
distribution of newspapers or other types of printed information; and
it is the intention of the Mayor and City Council to discern whether an
alternative to the unregulated placement of news racks on sidewalks and other
public places may exist; and
the use of modular news racks made available to publishers at no cost to the
publishers have been successfully used in cities such as Chicago and
Indianapolis; NOW, THEREFORE,
IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
1. Authorization of pilot project. That the City Manager is authorized to
establish a pilot project for the purpose of determining whether the
replacement of independently owned and placed news racks with modular racks
placed or controlled by a third party will better protect the public health and
risks to pedestrian safety;
b. Facilitating easier and more
convenient travel by pedestrians on sidewalks;
c. Easing visual blight;
d. Reducing risks to personal
safety of pedestrians by eliminating damaged news racks;
e. Reducing risks to persons
exiting vehicles along curbs where news racks are irregularly placed; and
f. Reducing risks to public
safety and improving maintenance of fire hydrants, light poles, and other
structures devoted to public use.
2. Location of the pilot project. That the City Manager may provide for the
pilot project to be conducted within all or part of the Downtown Loop, and
within all or part of the Country Club Plaza. The Downtown Loop is defined as
all the property located within the interstate highway loop surrounding the
Downtown. The Country Club Plaza area will include all the property located
from Brookside Boulevard and Ward Parkway on the south, Summit Street on the
west, 45th Street on the north and Grand Avenue on the east.
3. Proposals from private business. That the City Manager is authorized to
solicit proposals from private business for the placement of modular news racks
within the pilot program areas chosen.
4. Legislation to implement the pilot project. That when pilot program areas
are chosen, the City Manager will present to the Mayor and City Council a
proposal to prohibit the placement of privately owned news racks within the
pilot project area for the term of the pilot project, and any other legislation
necessary to properly implement the pilot project.
5. Term of the pilot project. That the term of the pilot project will not
exceed six months from the date of placement of privately owned news racks within
the pilot project area.
6. Considerations. That the City Manager will seek to balance the needs of the
publishers and persons seeking out newspapers and other printed material within
the pilot project areas with the purposes of the pilot project, considering the
costs involved for all parties, including the City.
7. Advertising. The City Manager is authorized to permit advertising on
modular units as a means of funding the operation of the modular units used to
replace privately owned news racks.
8. Report. That prior to the termination of the pilot project, the City
Manager will present a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council concerning
the propriety of making the pilot project permanent and expanding or reducing
the areas in which privately owned news racks will be prohibited.
as to form and legality: