Vicious dog definition to be discussed Monday

Saturday, August 2, 2008

By Randy M. Cauthron

Managing Editor

A full agenda will greet the Spencer City Council when it meets for the first of two regularly scheduled council sessions in the month of August beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday night in council chambers at City Hall.

Among one of the more discussed items publicly, the Vicious Animals Ordinance which will be a focus on the council again on Monday.

The ordinance for the most part gives a detailed definition of a "vicious animal." The ordinance also lists certain breed specific dogs that would meet the definition of a vicious animal as well. They are as follows: A Staffordshire Terrier breed, American Pit-bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit-bull Terrier, or American Staffordshire.

The ordinance also clarifies when an animal may be destroyed.

During the first filing there was lengthy discussion on removing the reference to breed specific dogs.

If the council so desires, modifications to the ordinance can still be made.

Monday's meeting would constitute the second filing of the ordinance.

City officials will also look to take the next step in the Spencer Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse project, considering a resolution approving and confirming plans, specs and form of contract for the Spencer Municipal Golf Course Project.

The architect for the project presented the plan for the clubhouse at the last council meeting. The building itself, not including the sunroom, is approximately 4,800 square feet. There is no formal kitchen being built. It will have an island similar to what is in the current clubhouse. The original estimated cost for the project was $400,000.

The building portion, not including the equipment and professional fees, was estimated to be $356,000. The estimated costs for the plans have been reduced to $300,000 to recognize work that will be performed by the city or volunteers.

The bid letting has been set for 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. The bids will be opened during the Golf Course meeting. We then would be looking to award the bid at the Aug.18 council meeting.

In other business, the city of Spencer was awarded a grant for the planning of a Safe Routes to School Program. The city staff is now requesting authorization to receive proposals for a consultant to help in the process.

As discussed in a previous Public Works Committee meeting, the city will consider the first filing of a request to vacate the South 400 feet of 10th Ave. S.E. to allow Public Works to utilize the area as part of their outdoor operational needs.

The city received quotes on the Spencer Communications Center/Police Re-roofing project on July 30. The engineer has reviewed the quotes and is recommending that H & S Roofing, with a bid price of $18,308.00 be awarded the bid.

The estimated cost for the project was $25,000.00.

Brittany Goede, summer intern with the Renaissance Initiative Committee, will give a presentation on the work she was able to complete over the course of the summer on behalf of the committee. The Renaissance Initiative Committee distributes dollars allocated to them from Sales Tax to support and invest in a variety of extraordinary community projects that are not always possible within the constraints of customary funding sources.

Goede will make the presentation during the Committee of the Whole session, beginning at 6:15 p.m., prior to the start of the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Also during the committee meeting, the councilmen will discuss the substandard historic restoration of buildings in town. The city has been working very diligently on potential amendments concerning substandard buildings - including a section on historic restoration. The goal would be to better define what constitutes a restoration project from other types of repairs. It would also set a time line in which the restoration project must be completed. The first filing on the matter is scheduled on the regular council agenda.

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