Although additions to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance will be on the agenda for the first Roeland Park quarterly community forum Monday night, a vote on the proposal is not likely until May.
Roeland Park will hold a community forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Roesland Elementary School to discuss the KCP&L franchise fee and the anti-discrimination ordinance.
The council had originally scheduled April 21 for a vote on adding sexual orientation and gender identity to protections under the city anti-discrimination ordinance. However, councilors now want the April 21 meeting to work through the feedback from the community forum and potentially make modifications to the ordinance. “A number of issues are not resolved,” Marek Gliniecki said this week. Several other councilors and mayor Joel Marquardt agreed that a vote on April 21 would not work.
May 19 is targeted as a likely date for the vote on the anti-discrimination ordinance. The other issue on the community forum agenda is the KCP&L franchise fee, which the council has voted on but was so evenly divided it could not muster enough votes to resolve it. The question is granting exemptions to non-profits, schools and churches, which would reduce the income paid to the city.
The agenda for Monday will start with the franchise fee and include a presentation of pros and cons and a time for questions. The non-discrimination ordinance discussion will include a panel to take questions and a moderated public comment period. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Roesland Elementary School.