In my opinion in an orderly society, laws are created to maintain respect for individuals and property. Some laws have been created as a way of establishing standards of conduct in communities by its political officers. During the City Commissioner’s Meeting two weeks ago, I identified a violation of state law. For 3 1/2 years, the City of Pratt vehicle assigned to Dave Howard has been lacking the appropriate insignia required to identify the vehicle as city property. This issue was originally identified in a City Commissioner’s Meeting in 2004, but never resolved. Mr. Howard has been operating a City of Pratt vehicle for the past 7 years in flagrant violation of the following laws:


In my opinion in an orderly society, laws are created to maintain respect for individuals and property. Some laws have been created as a way of establishing standards of conduct in communities by its political officers. During the City Commissioner’s Meeting two weeks ago, I identified a violation of state law. For 3 1/2 years, the City of Pratt vehicle assigned to Dave Howard has been lacking the appropriate insignia required to identify the vehicle as city property. This issue was originally identified in a City Commissioner’s Meeting in 2004, but never resolved. Mr. Howard has been operating a City of Pratt vehicle for the past 7 years in flagrant violation of the following laws:

K.S.A. 8-304: As used in this act, “vehicle” means a passenger motor vehicle having a seating capacity of less than eight (8) persons and which is the property of a political subdivision of the state of Kansas.

K.S.A. 8-305: All motor vehicles owned or leased by any political subdivision of the state of Kansas shall bear the name of the political subdivision owning or leasing such vehicle plainly printed on both sides thereof. This act shall not apply to the following: Municipal fire apparatus, police patrols and ambulances; passenger vehicles used by plain clothes police officers or community corrections personnel working in the employ of any political subdivision; and motor vehicles owned or leased by any municipal university.

The City of Pratt uses large decals to identify its vehicles. Last weekend the 2007 Ford Taurus, used by Mr. Howard , was seen with a small magnetic sign bearing the City of Pratt logo. From a distance of 10 feet, the word “‘Pratt” was visible, at a distance of 15 feet was not decipherable at all. According to the statute there is a burden to plainly display the purpose of the vehicle so it can be identified as a vehicle for city use. The City of Pratt uses a standard decal on most its vehicles, why don’t we hold our city manager to the same standard? And why have we allowed a city official to operate in flagrant violation of a Kansas Statute?

Where do we go from here? What are the consequences for disregarding Kansas Statutes (for the last 7 years)?

8-306: Any officer or employee of any political subdivision who operates or has under control any vehicle not lettered or numbered as required by this act or who violates any of the other provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance in office and shall be subject to removal from office or employment.

As a representative of our city, the Pratt City manager should be held to the same conduct that we expect from our many law abiding citizens. This person is supposed to represent the city and operate according to the laws of the State of Kansas, the same laws that are applied, without prejudice, to all residents in Kansas and the City of Pratt,

Nelson Burrell

Commission candidate