By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Zoning Administrator Steve Guerrero has recently been made aware of individuals knocking on doors throughout the City of Liberal claiming to be code enforcement officers. Guerrero sent a warning to residents and business owners in Liberal to demand identification during Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.
“Some individuals are doing that,” Guerrero said. “Our code enforcement officers all wear badges, they all drive pickups with the city logo on them and do have identification cards. So, they are visibly recognizable.”
Guerrero asked anyone who has contact with someone impersonating a code officer to call his office at 626-2201.
“If any individual is approached by some other parties, I wish they would call the Building Department and report that,” Guerrero said. “We will come out and see what is going on and see if we can catch up with them. We had one incident this week and another incident last week, I believe.”
Commissioner Bob Carlile asked Guerrero if it was illegal to impersonate a code enforcement officer.
“Yes, sir, it is,” Guerrero responded. “The thing is, the code inspectors and officers have right of entry, that opens it up pretty well. We do not need other individuals attempting to enter a private residence or business. If that does happen, give us a call.”
In another matter, Vice Mayor Joe Denoyer once again stood up for the institution of baseball Tuesday evening. He expressed his disagreement with several diamonds in Blue Bonnet Park being under lock and key when not in use.
“It was brought to my attention that we are now locking up our softball diamonds as well as our baseball complex and Rosel Field,” he said. “I am definitely not in agreement of locking diamonds No. 1, 2 and 3. There are certain diamonds that are reserved. If you get together on a weekend, you are out of luck. I guess it has been happening since last year, but some city staff just found out about it a few days ago.”
City Manager Mark Hall said a wide variety of teams wishing to utilize the field was a major factor in the use of padlocks.
“What the reason was, was due to the large amount of teams we have playing softball and baseball,” he said. “All of them want playing time and want a field to go out and play. If we don’t have a system where you can reserve it, it is in our error and we have corrected that with a number to call. It is trying to get the most use of the field instead of going out first-come, first-serve and staying out on the field two or three hours, not allowing others to play.”
Commissioner Dave Harrison understood Hall’s reasoning, however, felt if not in use, diamonds should be open to anyone.
“If they reserve it, that is understandable,” he said. “But I am like Joe, there are folks that want to use these fields. If nobody is using it and we have it locked up, nobody can use it. If they have it reserved, they can tell somebody and they have to get off.”
Denoyer felt locking the diamonds was going a bit too far.
“What are we going to do next, put fences around the soccer fields?” he asked. “Those are utilized. I understand the Eighth Street Complex and Rosel Field, they spend a lot of money in grass infields and they want to keep those nice for state and regional tournaments. But the other ones are dirt infields and should be accessible to the general public. If you do have it reserved, you can show your paper. As a courtesy, they will move.
“I just think we need to have some of our fields accessible at all times for people who want to get together and have a pickup softball game,” he added.
“We will look into that and see if we can come out with a method to make it available,” Hall said.
Denoyer and Carlile were confident the issue would be quickly resolved by city staff.
“I think staff is aware of the problem and will take care of it themselves,” Carlile said.
“They took care of the sunflower seed thing,” Denoyer responded. “So, they will take care of it.”
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