However the city says there is no documentation to prove the agreement between the two companies. Zogleman says they had a gentleman's agreement. He also told the council that there's nothing in the ordinance saying companies can't work with each other. Eyewitness News left a message for Jumping Jungle to verify what Zogleman said, but the phone call was not returned at this time.
Council member Janet Miller told Zogleman that operating off of someone else's insurance is unacceptable. She says he understood the insurance requirements and tried to figure out a way to scam the sy.stem. Miller says the Zogleman's are the reason the city changed its inflatable rules because of the deadly accident last year. She says after going through a tragedy of that magnitude, she would expect the company to go above and beyond to make sure they are in compliance with all laws.
Council member Michael O'Donnell disagreed with Miller, saying this sent an anti-business message to companies. He says a paperwork issue should not result in someone going out of business. O'Donnell says he imagines there are several businesses in town that experience similar issues but they are not singled out like this. He, Jeff Longwell and James Clendenin voted against revoking the license. Miller, Lavonta Williams, Pete Meitzner and Mayor Carl Brewer voted in favor of it.
Zogleman says this decision is unfair and he's considering taking legal action. He says Pure Entertainment will continue to operate with private parties. He says they can still rent inflatables to people living outside of Wichita. Zogleman says he firmly believes his inflatables are safe and children were never put in danger during the gap in insurance. He says he has a clear conscience and is disappointed with the city. The decision means Zogleman cannot apply for another license for two years
Original Story, June 20
Marquis Murphy is in the business of teaching people to be smart with their money. He runs a non-profit called the Youth Educational Empowerment Program, which relies on the help of others to stay in operation - companies like Pure Entertainment.
"They've allow us to have projects and events at very low cost and a lot of times at no cost."
But if you look closely at the flyer for his programs next event with the inflatable company, you'll see question marks for a date. That's because Pure Entertainment's future is in the Wichita City Council's hands.
Back in April Duane Zogleman, who owns Pure Entertainment, received a letter from the city saying his business's license could be revoked due to a question about proper insurance.
"With the documentation that we have, we hope that the council will see that we are in compliance, that this hasn't been an issue and for us to move on."
Pure Entertainment previously lost its license due to failure to properly inspect the inflatables. Zogleman says his business is in full compliance and always has been.
He appealed the revokation and will go before the city council on Tuesday for a final decision and he won't be alone. Murphy and other non-profits plan on going to the meeting to support a business they say is vital to the city.
Murphy adds, "We would not be the organization that we are if it were not for their support."
Support they hope will continue.