Lynne Hermansen
City council approved enforcing prohibition of motorized wheeled devices on city streets, highways and sidewalks through citations at their Thursday, July 14 council meeting.
Edgerton’s current city code bans operation of a motorized device with wheels defined by a propelled motor or battery used to transport a person and is not required to be registered with the Kansas Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles Department. These are usually electric mini bikes, electric go carts and more operated by minors.
The updated code changes from the Sheriff’s office escorting a child home to giving the minor a citation for a traffic infraction through the municipal court. Repeat offenders can receive escalated fines.
Josie Stambaugh, council member, was the one council member who dissented on the vote.
“There is nothing for children to do in this town,” she said. “I would be livid if my daughter was escorted home. We are a rural town. Kids should be allowed to have fun. We don’t have a pool etc.”
Beth Linn, city administrator, said the vehicles are being ridden at 45mph on truck routes and it is extremely dangerous.
“It is already illegal,”she said. “The only change is providing a citation.”
Stambaugh said it was sad the way the city was handling the situation and increased truck traffic was the real problem.
Don Roberts, mayor, said they had received numerous complaints about kids darting out from cars into traffic, etc.

Other Action
-The purchase of two standard large metro matrix message boards from C-Hawk Construction passed. The city currently rented the boards for events, road closures and animal traffic control needs. The city’s needs for the boards have increased and the ability to rent them has become more increasingly difficult. The $32,400 cost was approved as part of the 2022 Annual Budget for Vehicle and Equipment.
-A 20 minute executive session for city pending litigation had no action taken.
-A second executive session for contract negotiations had no action taken.

Consent Agenda
-a seven percent cost of living adjustment for all employees was approved.
-easements for 8th and Braun Intersection improvements were approved.