Council advances dog park

Friday, November 13, 2020

LE MARS The Le Mars City Council held public hearings on two items at their Nov. 3 meeting with no public comment on either the dog park improvement project or the mobile food vendors ordinance.

The council then adopted a resolution regarding the plans, specifications, form of contract and cost estimate for the dog park improvement project by unanimous vote.

The dog park will be constructed adjacent to the pond behind Walmart and across from the Wings RC area. Grading was completed as part of the 2020 industrial grading project.

The cost estimate for the dog park area is $86,000. A total of 4,414.5 square feet of sidewalk, 708 square feet of concrete pads and 1,501 feet of 6-foot tall chain link fence and gates are among the items bidders to the project will submit by the deadline of 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The council has scheduled Dec. 1 as the date which they will award a contract.

Construction can begin any time on or before the late start date of May 1, 2021 with a penalty of $150 per calendar day if the construction is not completed by the June 30, 2021 deadline.

The council also approved the first reading of the mobile food vendors ordinance after no public input at the scheduled hearing.

A few minor changes were made to the initial ordinance wording brought to the council at their Oct. 20 meeting which included changing it from a license to a permit.

A point was added to indicate that permits are location specific with multiple locations requiring additional permits.

Another change removed wording from the locations section in regards to beverage-only establishments.

The permit process applies only to those food vendors wishing to place their unit on public property.

Certain community events will also be exempt from obtaining a permit.

A single use permit fee will be $20 with an annual use permit fee of $100 which will expire on Dec. 31 of the year issued.

Issued permits are non-transferable and must be used at the location for which the permit was issued.

The council also approved three consent items which were for the Oct. 20 meeting minutes, list of bills for the period ending Oct. 31 and approval of the Bruce and Terri Brock Addition, a minor subdivision.

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