At the June 17 Kuna City Council meeting councilmembers passed a new city ordinance revamping the rules regarding use of city parks and city public property. A major section was added to deal with the ongoing problems concerning the skate park where problems with bullying, litter and some minor vandalism have been occurring.
Key additions to the revamped parks ordinance include a provision that city and park employees have the authority to close areas of the park, tell people to move or eject individuals from the park for violating park policies.
Specifically with the skate park, no food or drink is allowed in addition to no littering, no bullying, no smoking (including vaping), no amplified music and no profanity. Violators will be subjected to a revocation of park privileges for five days for a first time infraction, then 15 days, then 30 days. Further infractions will result in trespassing charges. All skaters must use safety equipment including pads and helmets. Park employees will now have the authority to close the skate park if damage or vandalism occurs until such damage is repaired.
Parks employees now have the authority to remove vehicles left standing or parked in areas where they are not permitted after park closing hours.
Added to the parks ordinance is a fine structure where first time offenders will be subject to a fine of $50, then $100 and finally $300 for each additional offense.
In addition to the ordinance, the city council approved a resolution to charge up to $3 per person or $10 per family for registration fees for residents participating in the community education program. It also allows the city and instructors to charge a materials fee for individual classes and workshops. With concern regarding making sure everyone has access, there was written in to the resolution a clause that allows the city clerk to waive the fee in the case of financial hardship.
The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office reported that the billing for prosecutorial services will be $53,700 for fiscal year 2014. Out of the 4,260 cases in Ada County they managed, Kuna had 334. So far, in the first fiscal half of this year, Kuna has brought in $25,552 in fines and penalties from those charged.
Kuna Police Chief Justin Dusseau presented the budget request for fiscal year 2015 to the city. The increase of just $6,193, included a new vehicle for the K9 unit and an increase in cost of providing internet access for the station.