Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 18, 2004

Waverly council works with owner to resolve dog issue

By Ryan Gueningsman

What started as a request for a kennel permit ended up addressing a neighbor’s complaints about Beth Ilg’s dogs at her residence on North Shore Drive at the Waverly City Council meeting Tuesday.

Ilg has five dogs on her property, which is about one acre in size, she said. For the past seven years, she and her husband, Paul, have been a “foster family” for the humane society. Waverly city ordinance states that anyone within city limits with more than two dogs on their property must have “a special permit from the city council.”

In doing research about exactly what sort of permit is needed, Waverly City Clerk Deb Ryks ran into several stumbling blocks.

“The city, the county, and the state all differ in their regulations for kennel permits,” Ryks said. Before the council had a chance to discuss this matter further, Mary Kay Johnson spoke up about issues she has had with Ilg’s dogs.

“I feel that the dogs are loose more than they are kept in,” Johnson said. She added that she had been bitten by one dog on her shin, and that “I don’t know how many dogs she has, but (she should) keep them contained.”

This brought up the issue of licensing, and Ilg was asked if her dogs were licensed with the City of Waverly. Ilg replied they were not. Ilg was directed that her dogs must first of all be licensed to be in the city, and the issue was referred to planning and zoning for a possible interim use permit. Planning and zoning will discuss this issue at its Nov. 4 meeting.

“I’m not ready to give up any of my dogs,” Ilg said. “I’d move out of here if I did.”

Construction concerns and updates

Tom Jacques was present at the meeting to express concerns about cement work being done near his home on Sixth Street. He said that he currently cannot get out of his garage with a vehicle, and said that the company, Creative Curb, has been “dragging their feet for so long.”

The council decided to allow Roger Remer Masonry to do the work, and to take the cost out of what it will pay Creative Curb.

“This is an issue of public safety,” commented Waverly City Attorney Tim Young. “You do what’s right and you worry about legal repercussions later,” he added, after questions arose about a possible breech of contract with Creative Curb.

Ken Kutz and Angela Lachermeier were also present to discuss concrete improvements near their building on Fourth Street North.

This fall, the council will go ahead and install curb and gutter on the west side of their building to the northwest corner (where the stop sign is), at a cost not to exceed $1,500, and look at doing further improvements next year.

There was some discussion as to where the actual property line is for Kutz’s property.

“No one really knew where the property line was,” commented John Rassat with the public works department. “When it was Johnson’s garage, the pumps were actually sitting on city property. The curbing that currently exists is on city property.”

The council also decided to pay Randy Kremer Excavating $210,712, and Buffalo Bituminous $11,106; and hold off paying Buffalo Bituminous until some action was completed at First Street and Franklin Street. The council also authorized plans and specs to be done for Fifth Street construction and a sanitary sewer lining project.

“Rather than do more street construction next year, switch it around and do sewer,” Rassat said. “We’re getting a lot of static right now about streets being closed.”

In other construction concerns, it was also noted by many that Creative Curb was having a hard time meeting the curb schedule.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard a short presentation from Noel LaBine of Wright County Economic Development Partnership. LaBine said he is making an effort to contact each of the 16 communities in Wright County and make them aware of the services the organization provides.

LaBine said his organization’s main purpose is to create more jobs in Wright County, along with more business development and making information available about the resources offered.

• tabled until its April 2005 meeting discussion regarding odor control for the city’s main lift station.

• received information from Dan Kelleher, who lives just south of Waverly, regarding annexation of Ralph Douglas’ property.

It was also noted that, while an annexation agreement between Woodland Township and Douglas had been reached, the township board has not signed the resolution because Douglas has not paid the per acre fee.

• approved having the city logo placed on both sides of the new water tower, at a cost of $11,400. Council Member Ken Hausladen asked that the “, MN” be dropped from the logo, and the lettering of “Waverly” be made slightly bigger. It was noted that the other water tower will come down at some point, due to liability concerns. Ryks commented after the meeting that she was unsure when the old water tower will come down.

• noted that Veteran’s Memorial Park will be shut down this week, and that the south side of the park was seeded. Streets and Parks Superintendent Jim Woitalla said that Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce President Kent Houston approached him about having an ice fishing derby and event at the park in January 2005. At this time, the council had no objections to the event.

• settled a dispute between Backus Companies and the city regarding park dedication fees with Summerfield’s third addition. It was decided that the city will add the $1,200 fee on building permits. The city requires 10 percent of land in developments to be dedicated toward parks, as well as a $1,200 per lot park dedication fee.

• also noted that handicapped parking signs need to be ordered for the municipal liquor store. The council also approved the financial report for September, with profits coming in at $54,765, which is up from last September’s $40,388.

“Our municipal liquor store is doing very well compared to others in the county,” Mayor Charlie Bush said.

• heard from Council Member Pam Henry-Neaton that she has been steadily moving forward on getting welcome packets to new residents, noting that at some residences, she has stopped two or three times and no one has been home.

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