9/18/2012 1:09:00 PM Dodge Center City Council
Main Street project advances DC council tackles licensing and Main Street Project issues
By Larry Dobson
Dodge Center's council revoked one hobby kennel license and approved another at the regular council meeting Monday, Sept. 10. It also decided to move forward with plans for renovating Main Street, before going into executive session to meet with City Attorney Brian Weber over a threatened lawsuit regarding refuse licenses.
The council decided not to change its recently passed ordinance requiring waste haulers to be honest in dealings with city residents despite the threat of a lawsuit by Waste Management, Inc. The ordinance requires waste haulers to file rates that will be charged when applying for a license and to then charge those rates. The ordinance was passed because residents were bringing problems with waste hauler bill complaints to the city, largely involving hidden charges and inequities in services for the amount charged. Waste Management, Inc. argued that the city lacked authority to regulate refuse services in the manner set by the ordinance.
City Attorney Brian Weber reviewed the issues and advised the council in executive session that the city ordinance is within council authority.
After discussion about the process that is involved in moving forward the Main Street Project, the council voted to move ahead with plans for renovating Main Street. It gave City Administrator Lee Mattson directions to arrange for a preliminary design and a feasibility study for the project. Another public hearing will be held before any construction begins. It is improbable that the project preparations can be accomplished in time for construction work to begin in 2013.
Public hearings were held on two dog licenses.
Following several complaints from neighborhood residents about barking dogs, the council voted to revoke the hobby kennel license issued to Nicole and Chris Wagoner, although the Wagoners are reported to have gotten rid of one of their three dogs, so a they no longer need the license.
Read the rest of the story in the Star Herald print edition on September 19th.