City commissioners aren’t wild about the idea of potty permits.
At their weekly meeting, commissioners dropped some ideas for new regulations governing portable toilets, but did take some action aimed at how long residents near Memorial Stadium can keep the toilets in their yards.
“It appears to me that we have opened up a can of worms with this,” Mayor Mike Amyx said.
Commissioners were asked to create regulations that would require portable toilets to be removed from yards following each KU home football game. The portable toilets near the stadium have increased in recent years as tailgating activities have grown in the Oread Neighborhood next to the stadium.
But the proposed ordinance was going to require many typical portable toilet owners – everybody from auctioneers to the Girl Scout camp — to go through a formal permit process to place them in the city.
Commissioners directed staff members to rewrite the ordinance so it only applied to residentially zoned property and would include specific exemptions for some uses, like the Girl Scout camp.
The new regulations, though, would require residents near the stadium to have the portable toilets removed by the Monday following a KU home football game. Currently, many residents who sell parking spaces in the neighborhood allow the toilets to stay on site for the entire season.
Commissioners said they perhaps would create an exception to the new rule for KU home football games that are on back-to-back weeks.