by Emily Waldrep
Ivanhoe city council members met on Saturday, March 10, for their regular council meeting to discuss and adopt multiple agenda items.
The first items on the docket were reports from the Dam supervisor, Road supervisor, and the security committee. The reports recognized Danny King for spotting and removing a large log from Lake Camelot's spillway, mentioned the upcoming project to fix Deerwood Street with asphalt as soon as the temperature remains in the upper 70s, and reviewed the 39 security calls made to law enforcement from within the city.
Council also discussed and reviewed the new Animal Control program. Currently, two members of the council are attending an "animal control officer" school to receive their qualifications to capture and detain animals. Ivanhoe doesn't currently have an animal shelter, and all of the shelters surrounding the city stay filled. The city wants to put an animal shelter in place to decrease the number of stray animals, and to keep citizens' pets safe.
"We will educate everyone in the city by virtue of an ordinance, and hope that this will keep animals off the streets and out of danger."
The issue was tabled until the next council meeting.
Council also approved various small agenda items, including purchasing a new "light bar" for the Ivanhoe patrol car, maintaining the current Sheriff's Department patrol through Ivanhoe on Fridays and every other Saturday, and establishing new office hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 12 noon - 8 p.m. on Saturday. They also amended the Zoning Ordinance to exempt city property, and adopted the enforcement of zoning violations, including sewage leaks from RVs. Council also approved the use of volunteers to help with city hall business, and discussed the actions and duties of the city secretary.
Other items were also discussed and approved for their first and second readings, including:
1. The junked vehicle ordinance, an ordinance in which junked vehicles will have special restrictions put on them and can't be displayed within public view.
2. Tree protection ordinance, in which certain tree's will not be allowed to be removed and a special permit will be required to remove some tree's.
3. The Sign ordinance. This ordinance will require a permit for signs displayed in Ivanhoe and will require signs to be approved.
The next city council meeting with be held on the second Saturday in April, and all meetings are always open to the public.