Emotions ran high Monday night at the Devils Lake City Commission meeting with the commission addressing several controversial proposed ordinances, one being an ordinance to limit households in Devils Lake to three pets, of which no more than two may be dogs.
Before a packed room, which included several residents holding posters of pictures of their family pets, the Devils Lake City Commission tabled the ordinance.
Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said a committee would be formed to review the ordinance and that residents interested in serving on the committee should contact City Hall. Residents also may voice their opinions regarding the ordinance in letters to City Administrator Terry Johnston.
“This is an awfully important issue,” Johnson said. “We understand that pets are part of the family.”
Another ordinance causing concern among some residents was Ordinance No. 901 – Substandard Buildings or Structures, which addresses dealing with structures that may be unfit for human habitation. Several Devils Lake residents questioned the language in the ordinance and who would determine what is deemed a “fit standard of living.”
City Fire Chief Jim Moe said “lots of time and research has gone into this ordinance” and that “it gives the city a good tool” to deal with concerns regarding properties that may be unfit. Moe said a nine member committee, including various government officials and four Devils Lake residents, studied the ordinance, researched other area towns' similar ordinances and developed the language for the ordinance.
The commission did pass the ordinance, as well as the following ordinances: Ordinance No. 902 – Certificate of Tenancy (which includes language requiring annual inspections of rental units) and No. 903 – Building permits (which sets a construction timeline of 18 months for new residences and 12 months for renovations). All approved ordinances will become effective Jan. 1, 2013. More information regarding these ordinances can be found at http://www.ci.devils-lake.nd.us/
The commission approved a resolution annexing a parcel of land located in Sections 2, 3 and 10 of Township 153 N Range 64 W of Ramsey County to Lake Chevrolet and also approved a Renaissance Zone application for lease of a new building at 123 5th Street NE. The commission also approved a conditional use permit for Crop Production Services to add three hopper bins to CPS' existing site adjacent to College Drive between 8th and 10th streets and to approve construction of a 16' x 18' building to house the treating portion of CPS' operation.
City commission meeting minutes can be viewed at http://www.ci.devils-lake.nd.us/meetings/minutes.html.
The next scheduled meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission is Monday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m.