Roeland Park this month will kick off a new quarterly forum for residents to talk about issues facing the city. April 14 marks the first forum, which will be held at Roesland Elementary School.
Mayor Joel Marquardt says two of the issues that will be on the table for discussion include the franchise fee with KCP&L, which evenly divided the city council and has not yet come to resolution, and additions to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. A recent proposal would add sexual orientation and gender identity protections.
On the franchise fee, the council split over whether to continue with exemptions for churches, schools, non-profits and certain government entities. Speakers on both sides of the issue have appeared before the council. The council was so closely divided, it was not able to pass a new ordinance.
The anti-ordinance also has drawn a number of speakers to recent council meetings. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The city council meeting on April 21, where a vote is expected on the anti-discrimination ordinance, has been moved to the Roeland Park Community Center.