Garrels appointed to remain on board
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant City council accomplished a lot in their 20-minute meeting last night.
Under old business, Liz Garrels was appointed to stay on the Main Street Board for another two years. “This is usually a hard appointment to fill, but Liz assured me she would never quit a project in the middle of it,” said Mayor Steve Brimhall about Garrels’ dedication to the Union Block project.
The council also approved a change order for the North Grand Avenue reconstruction project during the old business portion of the agenda, deleting a portion of the contract between the city and DeLong Construction, Inc. which would allow for a silt fence to stay in place until more grass grows.
“It is an unusual change request,” said council member Stan Curtis. “It is a decrease of $1,237. By taking this out of the contract and paying for it next spring/summer or whenever the grass is up, we would be able to close out the state’s involvement with the Grand Avenue project and that would be highly desirable.”
The last item of business the city completed in that portion of the agenda was to recognize Steve Dovenspike for his years of service to the city, spanning from Aug. 1990 to Dec. 2013. Under new business, Curtis updated the council about plans for the North Iris Street improvements project.
“The plans have been reviewed already and there will be a public hearing and a bid letting for this project on Jan. 8 and the contract will be issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation on Jan. 22,” said Curtis.
According to Curtis, this will be a major improvement on Iris Street with additional walking surfaces so people will no longer feel the need to walk on the street.
“It will just make it a whole lot better situation out there,” said Curtis.
The final item under new business the council approved was the first reading of the proposed ordinance amending a section titled “Dangerous Animals – exceptions.”
The proposed change would eliminate the section referring to guard/sentry dogs.
“We had a standard in there that allowed for guard dogs and the ordinance committee reviewed it and what constituted a guard dog and our recommendation from our attorney is to just remove that portion of the ordinance,” said city administrator Brent Schleisman
“The council feels, and the mayor feels, that we define a guard dog as one that is behind a 10 or 15 foot fence and is protecting something valuable behind it and is their form of security,” explained Brimhall. “We don’t see that happening in town.”
Council member Steve Engberg pointed out that if the portion pertaining to guard dogs was left in the ordinance, there would be a possiblitiy that a person could claim their dog biting someone was simply an act done by a guard dog and wouldn’t be punishable.
The council also:
• Passed a resolution authorizing application for STP funds for original US Highway 218 reconstruction project.
• Approved Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 31 with Veyance technologies.
• Administered the oath of office to Mayor and council members.