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1/26/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt council gives first reading to city code amendments

By Mary Rueter
Managing editor

After many months of research, study and revisions, the DeWitt City Council gave first reading Monday, Jan. 21, to four amendments to the city code relating to the use of golf carts, utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and slow-moving vehicles on city streets. The ordinances become effective following third reading and publication, anticipated to take place at the end of February.

The new ordinances require operators to obtain a permit from the city following a safety inspection and provision of proof of liability insurance with a minimum of $300,000 coverage.

Permitted operators must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver's license.

The vehicles must be equipped with a slow-moving vehicle sign, a bicycle safety flag, headlights and brakes adequate to stop and hold the vehicle in a stopped position to operate on public streets.

Violations are subject to a $100 fine for a first offense. Two-time violators may be fined a maximum of $300.

Complete copies of drafts of the four ordinances may be examined at http://www.cityofdewittiowa.org/files/Council.Packet.1.21.13.pdf.


The council approved a request from the DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department to spend an additional $1,900 on roofing and siding a garage behind the fire station that is used for storing various pieces of small equipment.

The department had budgeted $3,000 for the work, which includes a new steel roof, vinyl siding, aluminum soffit and fascia board and covering, but bids for the work were nearly 64 percent higher than the original estimates.

The low bid from Edwards Construction of DeWitt for $4,900 was accepted. Another bid was received from Big Daddy's Repair of DeWitt for $5,391.

Lori Freudenberg, representing the Clinton YWCA, made a presentation requesting a contribution of $2,000 from the city.

The YWCA has provided domestic violence, and sexual assault services, shelter and counseling in Clinton County since 1978. Recent changes in funding through regionalization have created a $100,000 shortfall in the agency's ability to respond to victims.

She said last year the agency served 16 DeWitt residents who were victims of domestic violence and also provided sexual abuse prevention education for first-, fourth- and sixth-grade students.

The council will consider the request during its budget deliberations.

Responding to a request from the trustees of Eugene McManus American Legion Post, the council agreed to reduce the $460 fee for a building permit for roof reconstruction by one-half in acknowledgment of the Legion's contributions to the city as a polling place, site for the children's Christmas carnival and its services for military funerals and civic functions.

Other business

In other business Monday, the council:

•Approved participation in Iowa Workforce Development's "Skilled Iowa" program, which supports the promotion of the national career readiness certificate.

•Approved the release of the lien on lot 18, Hickory Bend Second Addition according to the terms of a development agreement with Hafner Brothers Construction.

•Approved beer, wine and liquor license renewal for Barnes Foodland and beer permit renewals for Mac's Express Shop and MJ's East.

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