City Council Discusses Properties, Dogs and Lawn Care

Keota –Keota City Council kicked off the June 3rd meeting with a Public Hearing regarding the “Notice of proposed sale of 508 North Davis Street, Keota, Iowa, 52248, by the city of Keota in exchange for property at 506 North Ellis Street, Keota, Iowa, 52248.”  This swap of properties leaves the city with a more valuable property and will allow Heath McDonald to build a shed on a more desirable location. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the issue and the council will make a decision in a future meeting.

         Next came the consent agenda section of the meeting, which included minutes of the previous meeting and bills for payment.

         During the citizen forum portion of the meeting, the subject of dogs came up a couple of times. First, Keota resident Kathy Davis asked if the council had a plan for dealing with the surplus of cats and dogs “running around town.” Resident Nick Mahan also asked about the dog ordinances currently being modified by the council. Mayor Tony Cansler mentioned that someone from the Iowa Humane Alliance in Cedar Rapids will be coming to a future meeting to discuss options for dealing with the problem. Members of the council and Officer Doug Conrad mentioned that if a stray dog is seen, residents are encouraged to report it so Conrad can investigate further. Concerns about the dog ordinances currently being modified were discussed when Mahan asked about the “vicious dog ordinance.” Currently the council is looking at modifying the breed ban ordinance, which may allow previous banned breeds, but will also place larger responsibility on the dog owner. As far as the cat problem, Conrad said that live boxes are available for residents to borrow from the city.

 
For the rest of this article, check out the June 5th issue of the Keota Eagle.