Kewanee City Council met on Monday evening and passed an ordinance amending certain sections of the City Code relative to Chapter 91 of Animals Regulations. The amendment raises the fines for dogs running at large to $100 for a first conviction, $200 for a second conviction, $400 for a third conviction with fines as great as $750 for greater than three convictions.
Council also voted to table a requirement for citizens to register their dogs on an annual basis. That measure will likely be re-visited in the future.
Once the discussion was complete, the vote on those changes went 5-0.
Council also passed an ordinance to place a stop sign on Second Street at the intersection with Lexington Avenue. The measure was largely a language clarification and the was approved 5-0.
Council also adopted a resolution to authorize solicitation of bids for street paving work to be known as the Supplemental Paving Project for 2014.
City Manager Kip Spear explained that the initial bidding process did not include bidding for certain materials from the sub-contractor. With the projects remaining for this year, the work will consist of Class ‘D’ Patch as opposed to oil and chip work. The amended amount totaled $748,150 or an additional $384,150 over the original budget allocation.
Kewanee City Council also authorized the purchase of a Ford Police Interceptor from Gustafson Ford of Kewanee at a cost of $29,055.00 which edged out a bid from Crowe Ford by $424.
Mayor Bruce Tossell also read a proclamation recognizing Monday, September 1st as Labor Day in Kewanee.
Council also approved a request from the Kewanee Knights of Columbus for their annual Tootsie Roll Sales fund raiser to be held on September 26th and 27th.
Mayor Tossell also announced that City Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st with no landscape waste pick up next Monday. Also the announcement that election packets for the position of Mayor and 2 Council member seats will be available beginning today.
Mayor Tossell also re-iterated that he will not run for re-election and he also called for the formation of a group to study the feasibility of putting the concept of one school district in Kewanee on a ballot to be voted on by the public at some point in the future.