Stratford council makes mixed decisions on urban chickens

City councilmen in Stratford faced an agenda that included requests to keep animals within the city limits when they met for the regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

The council considered the possibility of an amendment to the existing ordinance on animal protection and control and also looked at how ordinances in other cities deal with urban chickens as they considered requests by two residents to keep chickens within the city limits.

In the end, a request from Tom and Amy Link to have twelve chickens on their property at 1725 Tennyson Avenue was approved. They denied a request from Dennis Hayden at 1119 Adams Street to have four to six laying hens on his property that are allowed to free range in the yard while owners are in the immediate area was denied.

In other business on Monday, the council looked at several maintenance issues, as they approved a quote from Fort Dodge Asphalt totaling $56,235 for street work. Also approved was a quote for $2,880 from Bolton & Menk, Inc. for GIS Collection and Point Display mapping of the electric system.

Robert Sieh of Brown Engineering made a presentation to the council on his company’s capabilities on doing a study of Stratford’s electrical system. The study would be to analyze the possibility of changing electrical systems to enhance or increase capacities of the system.

With councilmen concerned about the timely removal of snow and ice this winter by property owners in the business section of Shakespeare Avenue, they reviewed the ordinance on sidewalk regulations. City staff will continue to contact property owners to get them to remove snow and ice accumulation in a timely manner so that the city snow plow can work in the downtown area.

In another agenda item, the council authorized mayor Mike Neperney to sign the Main Street Iowa/Hamilton County S.E.E.D./Local Community Program Agreement.

Also on Monday, the council:

Set the public hearing for the FY14 budget amendment for the next regular council meeting on May 12.

Approved a request from Stratford Mutual Telephone Company to close Tennyson Avenue in front of their building from 1:00-8:00 p.m. on June 6 for their annual customer appreciation barbecue.

Approved using Local Option Sales and Service Tax funds allocated for the pool for the purchase of a pool diving board for $1,069.

Approved a request from Blake Nelson for an Eagle Scout Project to renovate the merry-go-round at the city park, pending research on possible liability issues.

Approved a resolution adopting city of Stratford open record policy.