At the July 13 meeting of the Marionville board of aldermen, two ordinances regarding animals owned by residents of the city were amended, among other action taken on the evening.
The first of the two ordinances amended makes a change to the age of domestic animals (cats and dogs) residents are allowed to own. With the amendment, the ordinance now reads: "No person shall at any time keep, harbor or own as pets more than four (4) combination of cats and dogs over the age of three (3) months." The age was changed from six months. The motion to approve the amendment passed by a vote of 5-1, with Jessica Wilson voting "no."
The second ordinance discussed involved the owning of farm animals within the city. Mayor Doris Rapp explained that the section in question was originally directed at people who had such animals before the city adopted zoning regulations. Farm animals in districts besides agriculture districts could be replaced within 120 days; this amendment would make it a 30-day window. Although some aldermen felt the change was irrelevant at this time, the motion passed after Rapp cast a "yes" vote to break a 3-3 tie.
In other new business, the board discussed the possibility of spraying for mosquitos and purchasing equipment for next summer. After some discussion on the costs and benefits, the board ultimately decided to disregard the request.
The board also discussed extending the city sewer line from Western to Faulkner, as there is a possibility of two new houses being built. A motion passed to require the owner to pay the normal hookup fees within 200 feet of the property and have the city pay to extend the main if necessary.
Also in new business, the board passed a motion to approve a chip and seal project on East Lincoln. The city will pay the Buck Prairie Road District $1,500 to complete the project.
In addition to the actions taken, the board also reviewed the insurance proposals for 2017-18 from EMC Insurance and heard from Dawnata Hopkins of the CPA Group, who reviewed the city's 2016 audit report. Hopkins stated that the city's financial statements were reasonably stated and that the general fund is doing well. She also advised the board to make sure bidding requirements are followed in all departments and that the rules are being followed when hiring on a contract basis versus as an employee.
After various aldermen comments and comments from the mayor, the board voted to adjourn until August. The August meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the 10th, at the fire station conference room.