Three represent issues discussed generally by the council or concerned citizens but never reviewed by the Ordinance Committee. The final two — regarding parking schedules and unlicensed and inoperable motor vehicles — were reviewed in by the Ordinance Committee and specifically sent to the council.
City attorney Rick Abell provided a summary of each ordinance and its background:
• An ordinance amending Amending Title IX, Chapter 90, Animals, of the Code of Metropolis to add a Section 90.12, Prohibition of Dogs and Other Animals Upon or Within Playground Areas and Playing Fields Within City Parks — This ordinance is designed to keep dogs off the playing fields and playgrounds in the park. “We have had a number of complaints from parents of children in our various sports programs,” Abell said. “Dog owners are walking or allowing their dogs on the playing baseball, softball and soccer fields and in the playground areas but aren’t picking up the mess. We’ve had a number of parents complaining about kids coming in all messed up. And it’s put a real damper on teaching them to slide, too. The playing fields and playground areas were never meant for dogs or other animals, but unfortunately appeals to common sense and common courtesy have fallen on deaf ears, so we need an ordinance.”
• An ordinance amending Title III, Chapter 35, Section 35.05, Purchase Orders and Contracts; Competitive Bids of the Code of Metropolis — If approved, this ordinance would raise the threshold for bidding contracts for materials or services to $20,000 from the present level of $10,000. “This simply tracks with state law that was amended several years ago the same way,” Abell said.
• An ordinance amending Section 35.66, Labor Agreements Required for Certain Construction Projects, of Chapter 35, Title III, Code of Metropolis — If approved, this ordinance would amend the Project Labor Ordinance. “On all public works projects performed for the city which exceed $50,000, the contractor is required to sign a Project Labor Agreement with the Egyptian Building and Construction Trades Council,” Abell explained. “The city was requested by a local contractor to consider raising that threshold.”
• An ordinance amending Title VII, Chapter 72, Parking Schedules, of the Code of Metropolis — If approved, this ordinance would impose a new fine schedule for general parking offenses. “Some parts of the existing ordinance spell out fines for specific offenses, such as parking in a handicapped zone without a permit, but most general offenses have no fine schedule in the current code book,” Abell explained.
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