In efforts to get more pets in the City of Storm Lake properly licensed so they comply with City Code, the City Council is looking at passing an ordinance that will change when people can renew their pet licenses.
Public Safety Director Mark Prosser said in 2008 the City issued only 85 dog and cat licenses. The first reading of the ordinance passed on Monday. The next reading of the ordinance will be held December 1 at 5 p.m.
Currently the City Code says that dog and cat licenses need to be renewed annually by April 1 and must be purchased no later than April 1 of each year. However, as the population continually changes with new residents moving in and current residents obtaining new pets it was recommended that the license be made an annual license from the time of purchase regardless of when the license was purchased.
Prosser said after reviewing the current City Code, the Public Safety staff said they didn't feel there was any reason the change couldn't be made and says he hopes they can can make whatever changes necessary to bring pet owners into compliance. It's also an easier way to track down an animal if it is stolen or runs off, added Mayor Jon Kruse.
Prosser said in addition to purchasing the animal licenses at the Police Department, Public Safety staff has worked with two local vet offices - Lake Animal Hospital and BV Vet who are now selling the dog and cat licenses at their offices to provide more convenience for pet owners. Prosser said when pet owners go to the vet office to immunise their pet it's also a chance for them to pick up a pet license all at one location. Prosser did note that the two vet clinics will charge an administrative fee of $5 in addition to the cost of the licenses. Licenses are still available at regular cost with no administrative fee at the Storm Lake Police Station. Currently license fees are $20 a year for a dog or cat that is not neutered and $10 a year for a dog or cat that is neutered. Unlicensed pets that are picked up by Public Safety officials are taken to the Lake Animal Hospital and owners are subject to a possible fine.
In other City Council news:
*The City approved a resolution to approve the final acceptance of a Bio-Retention Construction Project with a rain garden. City Project Manager Mike Wilson said the initial problems with lack of drainage in the areas has been corrected, the area is located between the parking lot and West Lakeshore Drive in front of King's Pointe. Wilson said the film material in the area was too compact and wasn't as permeable as they'd like to see so water would stand in the area. Wilson said all the plants have been replaced and says the area will look much nicer next year with the flowers. The original contract price ws $290,880.05 Three change orders were approved reducing the final contract amount to $278,440.05.
*The second reading for the vacation of one block of Seventh St. between Oneida and Seneca to make way for a new Fareway store passed Monday. The third and final reading will be held December 1 at 5 p.m. "The feedback I've been receiving is positive," says Wilson. Julie Egland added that she had received positive feedback as well.
*The City Council also approved a change order and a substantial completion date resolution for the 2008 West Lakeshore Drive St. improvement project. The change order included added storm sewer pipes, excavation and driveway replacement and detectable warnings at curbs. There were some decreases in the contract amount including elimination of the seeding portion of the contract, pavement scarification and removal. Infrastructure and Public Facilities Director Pat Kelly said the City will look at completing the seeding next spring. The City set Oct. 22, 2008 as the date for substantial completion for the project.