Florence public meeting called to review zoning guidelines

The Florence City Council received the latest draft of proposed zoning guidelines at its Oct. 2 meeting.

Copies of the proposal are being made available for public review at the city office. A public town meeting is planned for 7 p.m.Friday, Oct. 27, at the city office to get community feedback.

Necessary changes will be made and the plan will be submitted for approval of both the council and the Marion County Board of Commissioners.

Linda Ogden of Communities in Schools and Jim Campion and Scoot Crandall of Colorado’s Team Fort Collins presented information about their “social norm project.” Marion High School will be the first school in Kansas to participate in this substance-abuse prevention program.

The school’s social norms are studied through observation and surveys, then experienced marketers create a campaign to show students that unhealthy behavior is done by only a minority of students.

The first such survey given to students showed that most felt random drug testing was a good deterrent as it gives students an excuse to resist peer pressure.

Del Leeds, the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer, presented a reworded ADA rule to the council. City attorney Marilyn Wilder has approved the final draft that explains city employees’ role in assisting people with disabilities. The new rule was accepted by the council and will be added to employee handbooks.

In other business, the council: heard that Labor Day festivities grossed $30,000, with expenses of $25,000.

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