The topic of an ordinance to regulate pet ownership in Elk Point came up again during the study session preceding the Elk Point City Council Monday, April 12.
Police Chief Jacob Limoges said one resident’s dog had gotten into it with a neighbor’s chicken and he felt he did not have the resources to resolve the issue.
Council members Steve Nelson and Lance Penfield took up their positions on opposite ends of the issue, with Nelson favoring readdressing the issue that was discussed over several months in 2020, and Penfield saying it was a slippery slope that would only cause headaches. Most of the council seemed inclined to look at some way of monitoring pets by putting the matter before voters, but they could not agree on the language. City Administrator Derek Tuttle will look at similar ordinances in Beresford, Vermillion and North Sioux City and come back to the council at their next meeting.
The council opened the meeting with the unfinished business of special street assessment interest rates. Tuttle said the city currently charges eight percent interest when a petition is taken out and five percent without a petition. The council agreed.
A representative of Nestlink presented information on the lease agreement and access easement his company has with the city for high-speed internet equipment on the city’s new water tower. He asked that the contract be put in writing, rather than just a verbal agreement. The contract calls for a monthly rental increase from $300 to $315. They also want to upgrade their equipment. The council voted to approve the contract.
Limoges asked the council to move up the purchase of a police reporting system to this year, using part of the CARES Act funding the city has received. The budget includes $12,000 that has already been set aside for the total purchase of just under $28,000. Limoges said Elk Point is the only Union County city that has not updated to the system that is the same as the Union County Sheriff uses. He said it will make reporting much easier and more accurate. The council approved the use of funds.
Tuttle presented information on a LWCF grant to help pay for a slide at the new pool. It’s a matching grant, so the city’s obligation would be $60,000. The board approved filing the application.
Tuttle asked the council to approve a $500 annual fee so he can join the International City Managers and Administrators. They have a number of programs he could use for continuing education. The council approved the dues.
Public Works Administrator asked the council to approve the department’s seasonal employees. The council approved hiring Mike Holmes, Gracie Holmes and Tyler Goehring.
The council also approved the Joint Public Library agreement with the Elk Point-Jefferson School District, with no changes from prior years.
After an executive session to discuss marketing or pricing strategies, the council adjourned with no further action.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, with a study session at 6:30 p.m.