Public Hearings Set for Engine Braking, Solicitation Ordinances

COLUMBUS – Platte County Officials have set public hearings regarding ordinances for engine braking and soliciting in the county.

Two public hearings have been set for 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on November 14th, for residents to share their thoughts regarding the ordinances.

The county is looking at potentially putting a system in place, that would ask anyone soliciting sales in the county, to first come into the sheriff’s office and register their information.

County officials are looking to take these steps in order to protect the citizens of the county from unsafe solicitors, but also to keep track of salespeople, in case they become aggressive or intrusive with county residents.

The county is also looking at approving an engine braking ordinance, which will potentially change or revise certain engine braking policies that are currently in effect. This could mean changes to where engine braking is allowed or disallowed within the county.

Supervisors would then need to do three readings of the ordinances before they could be approved, or they could opt to suspend the readings’ rule and approve the ordinances on the 14th, if approved by 3/4 of the council, said Deputy County Attorney Elizabeth Lay at Tuesday’s meeting.

The county will advertise the public hearings in the weeks prior.

The issue was initially brought up at the second regular meeting in July of this year.

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