A Wichita inflatable rides business will be allowed to operate at least another two weeks, but City Council members say they want some answers before they consider letting the company keep its license.
Among the council's questions Tuesday: whether Moonwalks for Fun uses more inflatable rides in the city than have been inspected and listed on its license.
That discussion emerged before the council unanimously agreed to defer until June 21 a ruling on Moonwalks for Fun's appeal of a revocation of its license.
Moonwalks for Fun owns equipment operated by Pure Entertainment, a facility near Kellogg and Tyler where a 5-year-old boy died after a fall from an inflatable ride on March 22, 2010.
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The city's central inspection office revoked the company's license in April after seeing no indication the business had the required liability insurance from early November until late March. Owner Duane Zogleman told The Eagle last week that he had liability insurance for that period.
Moonwalks for Fun appealed and has been allowed to operate pending the outcome of the appeal. Kurt Schroeder, the city's superintendent of central inspection, said the company can stay open until at least June 21 because it has a current license and the required insurance.
In recommending the deferral, Schroeder told the council that Zogleman had presented evidence earlier Tuesday morning "regarding that gap in insurance coverage" and that the city needed time to review and validate the information.
Contacted later, Zogleman said his meeting with Schroeder wasn't about insurance.
"There were some other things that came to light that he wanted to do some research on," he said. "We just had a good discussion. We wanted to afford him the opportunity to examine everything that needs to be done."
Council member Janet Miller said she has received e-mails claiming Moonwalks for Fun operates inflatables that aren't listed on the company's license and haven't been inspected.
"Our intent would be to actually go out and look at their records on what was operating when," Schroeder replied.
He said he would also talk to those who claim to have seen unlicensed inflatables being used.
Moonwalks for Fun's current license lists 21 rides that have been inspected and are allowed to be operated in the city, according to city information.
Moonwalks for Fun states on its website that it has more than 150 inflatables available. Inflatables used outside the city wouldn't have to be listed on the company's city license.
In addition to providing equipment at Pure Entertainment, Moonwalks for Fun rents rides for special events, such as children's birthday parties.
Pure Entertainment reopened in early October after having its license suspended for 90 days because the city said the rides hadn't been properly inspected.
Council member Michael O'Donnell asked Schroeder to determine whether Moonwalks for Fun operates under other names. He noted that it wouldn't do any good to revoke its license if Zogleman can use the equipment under another company's name.
Schroeder said that as far as he knows, Moonwalks for Fun is the only inflatables business Zogleman owns, but he added he would check further.
Sixteen entities are licensed by the city to operate inflatables, according to information the city provided to The Eagle. The city also said that Zogleman is listed as the license applicant only for Moonwalks for Fun.
The Secretary Of State's Office lists Moonwalks for Fun as the only Kansas business owned by Zogleman.
This was the second time the council's decision on the company's appeal has been deferred. It was delayed last month so Zogleman could hire legal counsel.
"We're willing to work with the city," Zogleman said. "We want to do what we can to make sure we have a fun, safe operation. We're just in limbo until they do more research to get everything all in line.
"Hopefully, it'll be in good shape in a couple of weeks."