CITY OF
 UNIONTOWN
Est. 1858



Ph: 620-756-4742
Fax: 620-756-4681
P.O. BOX 51
206 SHERMAN STREET
UNIONTOWN, KANSAS 66779
FEATURES
This page will feature ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, etc. that are of interest to the citizens of Uniontown.  

Did you know that there are several options for paying your utilities?  You can mail it to our post office box (51), drop it off or put in the night deposit box at Union State Bank in Uniontown or Fort Scott, bring it to the office or have it automatically withdrawn from you bank account (ACH-with proper documentation filed with the City Clerk), or online at www.govpaynow.com pay location code a001te.
FAIR HOUSING - IT'S YOUR RIGHT!

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, religion, color, sex, physical handicap, national origin, ancestry, or age.

If you thing your rights have been violated, or have questions, call:
Housing Discrimination Hotline:  1-800-669-9777
Kansas Human Rights Commission:  1-785-296-3206

Cottonwood Estates has two units available for rent.  Must be 62 or on disability to qualify.  Rent is based on income.  Contact Jennie McKee, 620-756-1000.
UNIONTOWN JR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL 2019 FALL SPORTS:
Oct 17 - HS Cross Country TRL @ Pleasanton, 4PM, JH VB v Jayhawk-Linn, 5PM, HS VB v Pleasanton & KCC, 5PM, JH FB v Pleasanton, 6PM; Oct 18 - HS FB Sr Parent Nite v Yates Center, 7PM; Oct 21 - HS Girls Golf State @ Salina; Oct 25 - HS FB @ Colgan, 7PM; Oct 26 - HS Cross Country Regional @ Central Heights, 10:45AM, HS VB Regional @ Northeast, 2PM; Nov 1-2 - HS VB State @ Dodge City; Nov 1 -  HS FB Bracket Game, TBD; Nov 2 - HS Cross Country State @ Wamego; Nov 5 - JH Wrestling @ Burlington; Nov 12 - JH Wrestling @ Iola, JH B/G BB @ Moran, 5PM; Nov 14 - JH Wrestling @ Fort Scott, JH B/G BB v Arma, 5PM; Nov 18 - JH B/G BB @ Yates Center, 5PM; Nov 19 - JH B/G BB v Altoona, 5PM; Nov 21 - JH B/G BB v Jayhawk-Linn, 5PM; Nov 23 - JH Wrestling @ Coffeyville; Nov 25 - JH B/G BB @ Moran, 5PM; Nov 26 - JH B/G BB v Crest, 5PM

Haunted Halls, sponsored by Class of 2021
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Uniontown High School, $4/person, $2/additional tour
Not So Scary, 6-7PM
Scarier, 7:30-10PM

Trunk or Treat
When:  Halloween Night, October 31, 2019
Where:  Uniontown City Park Square
Food:  6:00-6:30 PM Free Hotdogs, Chips, and Drink
Fun:  6:30-7:30 Trunk or Treat
Sponsored by Uniontown FFA
NOW AVAILABLE - Citizens may purchase gravel from the City for $30 per tractor bucket, delivered.  Call today to order yours.

West Bourbon Food Pantry - Commodity Distribution is the third Monday of even months, 4-6 PM, at First Missionary Baptist Church.  Contact Judy Ramsey (620-756-4318) or Pastor Marty Dewitt (620-24-7438) for more information.

First Missionary Baptist Church Community Food Pantry is open the third Saturday of each month, 8-10 AM.  To access the Food Pantry at other times, contact Pastor Marty (620-224-7438).  Everyone Welcome!
If you have any questions regarding ordinance enforcement, call City Hall.

We will now be placing "MOW YOUR YARD" notices on doors instead of sending certified letters to property owners in violation of Ordinance No. 137 and Ordinance No. 147.  We will still be send certified letters to property owners that do not live in Uniontown.  Please don't ignore the notice as the City will come in and mow/trim your property and bill you for the service.  The charge for mowing is $75/lot and the charges for trimming/debris removal is $75/hour.

ORDINANCE NO. 169


AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE KEEPING OF DOGS AND CATS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY BY REQUIRING ALL DOGS AND CATS KEPT WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN TO BE REGISTERED AND VACCINATED FOR RABIES AND REPEALING ORDINANCES NO. 42 AND ORDINANCE NO. 143.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN, KANSAS:

SECTION 1. REGISTRATION AND VACCINATION REQUIRED; FEE.

(a) Every owner of any dog or cat over six months of age shall annually register with the city clerk his or her name and address with the name, sex and description of each dog or cat owned and kept within the city. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any newly acquired dog or cat, or any dog or cat brought into the city, to fail to register such animal within 30 days from acquisition or bringing the dog or cat into the city. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any previously registered dog or cat to fail to maintain current registration of such animal.

(b) Upon registration, the owner shall present a current, completed certificate of immunization against rabies. No registration shall follow without evidence of this document, and it shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat over six months of age to fail to maintain effective rabies immunization of such dog or cat.

(c) The owner or harborer of any dog or cat shall, at the time of registering such dog or cat, present to the city clerk a certificate from an accredited veterinarian showing that a male dog or cat has been neutered or a female dog or cat has been spayed, if the animal has been neutered or spayed.

(d) The city clerk shall collect an annual registration fee of $5.00 for each neutered male dog or cat and for each spayed female dog or cat, and $7.00 for each unneutered male dog or cat and for each unspayed female dog or cat.

(e) The registration year shall be from January 1st through December 31st of each year. The fee shall be payable before March 1st of each year without penalty.

(f) The fine for not registering is $25.00 per dog or cat.

Registration fees as enumerated above may be prorated for newly acquired dogs and cats or for dogs and cats owned by a person or persons moving to and establishing a home in the city during a calendar year. Every owner or harborer of dog or cat or dogs or cats who shall fail to register the same prior to the 1st day of March of each year shall pay in addition to the registration fee herein provided a penalty fee for late registration of $5.00.  

SECTION 2. DOG AND CAT TAGS. It shall be the duty of the city clerk or designated agent, upon a showing of current rabies immunization and receipt of the registration fee hereinbefore required, to keep in a book suitable for the registration of dogs and cats, the time of the registration, the name of the owner or keeper, the number of the registration and the amount paid therefore, and shall deliver to the owner or keeper of the dog or cat a certificate in writing, stating that the person has registered the dog or cat and the number by which the dog or cat is registered, and shall also deliver to the owner or keeper of the dog or cat a tag with the registration number and the registration year thereon, which shall be, by the owner or keeper, attached to the collar to be used on the dog or cat so registered. When any tag has become lost during a registration period, the owner of the dog or cat may request a duplicate tag for the remainder of the registration period. When so requested, the city clerk shall, upon presentation of the registration certificate, issue a duplicate of such tag upon the payment of a $2.00 fee. It shall be unlawful for any person to take off or remove the city registration tag from any dog or cat belonging to another, or remove the strap or collar on which the same is fastened.

SECTION 3. SAME; COUNTERFEIT TAG. It shall be unlawful for any person to place on any dog or cat a tag issued for any other dog or cat or to make or use any false, forged or counterfeited tag or imitation thereof.

SECTION 4. EVIDENCE OF VACCINATION. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat kept within the city to fail to display a current certificate of immunization against rabies issued by an accredited veterinarian evidencing the vaccination of such dog or cat within two years, when requested by the codes enforcement officer, animal control officer, or any law enforcement officer.

SECTION 5. VISITING DOGS AND CATS. The provisions of this article with respect to registra¬tion shall not apply to any dog or cat owned by any person visiting or temporarily remaining within the city for less than 30 days. However, such dogs and cats shall be kept under restraint by the owner thereof at all times.

SECTION 6. RUNNING AT LARGE; FINE.

(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner or harborer of any dog to permit such dog to run at large within the city at any time;

(b) Any dog running at large within the city shall be impounded as set out in Section 7;

(c) The owner of any dog impounded for running at large without the tag required by Section 2 shall, for the first offense, pay a fine of $20.00 plus the board bill; 

(d) For the first offense of a dog running at large with a tag as required by Section 2, the owner or harborer claiming the dog, shall, in addition to presenting a registration receipt, pay the cost of the board bill. For a second offense within a one year period, the owner or harborer shall pay a fine of $10.00 plus the board bill. For a third and all subsequent offenses within a one year period, the owner or harborer shall pay a fine of $20.00 plus the cost of the board bill.



SECTION 7. IMPOUNDMENT; REDEMPTION; MINIMUM FEE.

(a) Any dog or cat found in violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to impoundment by the city and the owner or harborer will be assessed a fine as set forth in section (b). The Mayor shall employ a suitable person whose duty shall be to capture all dogs and cats found in violation of the provisions of this ordinance and to place them in a pound to be provided for that purpose. Such dogs or cats may at any time be moved to a veterinary hospital for treatment or observation, or euthanized by a licensed veterinarian if it appears to the veterinarian that the dog or cat is diseased or disabled beyond recovery. If within 48 hours the owner does not appear to claim the dog or cat, then the dog or cat may be sold, euthanized or otherwise disposed of.

(b) If at any time before the sale or destruction of any dog or cat impounded under the provisions of this article, the owner of an impounded dog or cat does appear and redeem the dog or cat, it shall be turned over to the person claiming it upon payment of any impoundment fees or penalties plus the actual costs of impoundment. This shall not apply to any dog alleged as being vicious under City Ordinance No. 85 or any dog or cat suspected of rabies.

(c) The minimum impoundment fee shall be $50.00.

(d) Any dog or cat impounded may not be released without a current rabies vaccination.

(e) Impoundment hereunder shall not preclude any court from imposing and executing any fine which might otherwise be levied under this article for violation of any of the provisions thereof; nor shall impoundment be a defense in any prosecution commenced hereunder.

(f) The redemption of any dog or cat impounded for a violation of any provision shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of such provision by the person redeeming the dog or cat.


SECTION 8. DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED DOGS AND CATS. If any dog or cat is not redeemed by its owner or harborer within the time allowed for redemption as specified in Section 7 thereof, the animal control officer, any authorized law enforcement officer, any authorized veterinarian or any duly authorized pound personnel may destroy such dog or sell the same for the costs of impoundment and keeping, plus any registration fee due for the current year. 

SECTION 9. CONFINEMENT OF DOGS IN HEAT. Any unspayed female dog in the stage of estrus (heat) shall be confined during such period of time in a house, building or secure enclosure, and the area of enclosure shall be so constructed that no other dog or dogs may gain voluntary access to the confined animal except for purposes of planned breeding. Any animal that is in the state of estrus (heat) and that is not properly confined, or any such animal that is creating a neighborhood nuisance, shall be removed to a boarding kennel, to a veterinary hospital or to the animal shelter. All expenses incurred as a result of the confinement shall be paid by the owner. The owner of animals removed to the animal shelter shall be charged at the rate established from time to time by the animal shelter for routine confinement.


SECTION 10. MUZZLING. Whenever the mayor shall deem it necessary for the protection and welfare of the inhabitants of the city, he or she shall issue an order requiring all dogs kept within the city to be effectively muzzled for such length of time as may be specified in the order, to prevent them from biting or injuring persons or animals. Such order shall be published in the official newspaper of the city for such period of time as the mayor may deem necessary.

SECTION 11. SEVERABILITY. If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance

SECTION 12. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from January 1, 2015, after its passage and publication in the official city newspaper.

Passed and approved this ¬¬¬__21st__ day of October, 2014.



___________________________
Larry Jurgensen, Mayor

ATTEST:



________________________________
Sally Johnson, City Clerk

ORDINANCE NO. 174


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 169 RELATING TO THE KEEPING OF DOGS AND CATS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY BY REQUIRING ALL DOGS AND CATS KEPT WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN TO BE REGISTERED AND VACCINATED FOR RABIES.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN, KANSAS:

SECTION 1. PERMITTED DOGS AND CATS.
No person or household shall own or harbor more than three dogs of six months of age or older and more than one litter of pups; and/or more than three cats of more than six months of age and more than one litter of kittens; totaling a maximum of three adult dogs and three adult cats more than six months of age.

SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force after its passage and publication in the official city newspaper.

Passed and approved this 9th day of February, 2016.



___________________________
Larry Jurgensen, Mayor

ATTEST:



________________________________
Sally Johnson, City Clerk

ORDINANCE NO. 176


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 169 RELATING TO THE KEEPING OF DOGS AND CATS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY BY REQUIRING ALL DOGS AND CATS KEPT WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN TO BE REGISTERED AND VACCINATED FOR RABIES.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN, KANSAS:

SECTION 1. AMEND SECTION 7 IMPOUNDMENT; REDEMPTION; MINIMUM FEE
Add subsection 
(g) If at any time within the 48 hour impoundment period the owner claims the dog or cat but refuses to redeem, a fine of $100 will be levied on the owner.

SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force after its passage and publication in the official city newspaper.

Passed and approved this 10th day of May, 2016.



___________________________
Larry Jurgensen, Mayor

ATTEST:



________________________________
Sally Johnson, City Clerk

ORDINANCE NO. 186


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 169 RELATING TO THE KEEPING OF DOGS AND CATS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY BY REQUIRING ALL DOGS AND CATS KEPT WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN TO BE REGISTERED AND VACCINATED FOR RABIES.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF UNIONTOWN, KANSAS:

SECTION 1. AMEND SECTION 1 REGISTRATION AND VACCINATION REQUIRED; FEE.

(a) Every owner of any dog or cat over six months of age shall annually register with the city clerk his or her name and address with the name, sex and description of each dog or cat owned and kept within the city. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any newly acquired dog or cat, or any dog or cat brought into the city, to fail to register such animal within 30 days from acquisition or bringing the dog or cat into the city. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any previously registered dog or cat to fail to maintain current registration of such animal.

(b) Upon registration, the owner shall present a current, completed certificate of immunization against rabies. No registration shall follow without evidence of this document, and it shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat over six months of age to fail to maintain effective rabies immunization of such dog or cat.

(c) The owner or harborer of any dog or cat shall, at the time of registering such dog or cat, present to the city clerk a certificate from an accredited veterinarian showing that a male dog or cat has been neutered or a female dog or cat has been spayed, if the animal has been neutered or spayed.

(d) The city clerk shall collect an annual registration fee of $5.00 for each neutered male dog or cat and for each spayed female dog or cat, and $7.00 for each unneutered male dog or cat and for each unspayed female dog or cat.

(e) The registration year shall be from January 1st through December 31st of each year. The fee shall be payable before April 1st of each year without penalty.

(f) The fine for not registering is $25.00 per dog or cat.

Registration fees as enumerated above may be prorated for newly acquired dogs and cats or for dogs and cats owned by a person or persons moving to and establishing a home in the city during a calendar year. Every owner or harborer of dog or cat or dogs or cats who shall fail to register the same prior to the 1st day of April of each year shall pay in addition to the registration fee herein provided a penalty fee for late registration of $5.00.

SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force after its passage and publication in the official city newspaper.

Passed and approved this 9th day of April 2019.



___________________________
Larry Jurgensen, Mayor

ATTEST:



________________________________
Sally Johnson, City Clerk