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9/18/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt City Council gives first reading to four ordinances

By Mary Rueter
Managing editor

The DeWitt City Council Monday, Sept.16, gave first readings to four ordinances amending the city code. The ordinances will be in effect after three readings and publication in this newspaper.

The first is a revision of the parking during snow removal ordinance. Which clarifies vehicles are not to be parked on city streets during a snowfall, and signs do not need to be posted to indicate vehicles must be moved during such an event.

"The fact snow is accumulating is the indicator to vehicle owners their vehicles will need to be removed from the street and parked elsewhere," the new ordinance states.

The second ordinance refers to solid waste containers and their location for collection.

The amended ordinance clarifies standardized solid waste containers provided by the contracted hauler must be used and must be placed on the curb line or in the edge of the roadway in the city's right-of-way.

The third ordinance concerns remote outside registers the city used in the past for water/sewer meter reading. Because the section is obsolete, it is repealed.

The final ordinance amendment adds commercial rental properties to the lien exemptions of the city code regarding utility fees.

Landlords who provide the city with written notice their tenants are responsible for water charges can receive exemptions. Previously the exemption pertained only to residential property, but a change to the Code of Iowa extends the lien exemption provisions to commercial rentals.

Development agreement

The council approved a development agreement with RLR Enterprises, whose tenant, Harry's Farm Tires Inc., wishes to purchase lots 2-5 in the Cressey Subdivision in order to relocate its farm tire business, Tires 'n More.

The property is located directly north of the Awesome Car Wash on 17th Avenue.

Among other things, the agreement acknowledges the city and RLR will treat the four lots as one parcel for all purposes, including, but not limited to, zoning, storm water detention, landscaping, sewer hook-ups and building permits.

Other business

In other business Monday, the council:

•Approved the annual Iowa Department of Transportation street finance report.

Among other things, the report shows the city received total revenue of $4,827,728 from road use tax, property taxes, proceeds from bonds, notes and loans, interest earned and miscellaneous. Expenses totaled $4,154,586 for repairs, snow removal and new construction.

•Approved a lien release on rental property at 910 12th Ave. The city collected the total amount it was owed through the state's income offset program, which allowed the city to claim the funds from the owner's state income tax refund.

•Authorized reserve police officers Megan Goodall, Loren Knudson, Todd Malone and Jeff Wartgow to carry OC spray, a type of pepper spray, while on duty. All four have received training in use of the spray.

•Approved temporary street closures for Central Community High School's homecoming parade Thursday, Oct. 3. The parade route will be closed 5-7 p.m. The procession begins at the high school, travels west on 10th Street, south on Sixth Avenue and east on Eighth Street, returning to the high school.

•Agreed to sell the old "letter" sign that has been replaced with an electronic sign in Lincoln Park to Grace Camp for $100.

•Discussed desired additions to the city's zoning regulations for requirements for permitting sheds on residential property. City staff requested input from the council to guide the development of a written policy that defines "sheds" and determines when permits are needed and how many can be erected on a residential lot.

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