A Rugby City Council special meeting for the first reading of NUISANCE ORDINANCE NO. 390 was held on Monday, June 8th 2015. The meeting was called to order promptly at 8:00 p.m. and after the customary recital of the Pledge of Allegiance the council read Ordinance No. 390 into the record.
The ordinance and its merits were then open for discussion. At that time Councilman Hoffert brought to the attention of the council certain items described under 9.28.010- Definitions of the Ordinance 390, Section G – Noxious Weeds. Councilman Hoffert felt it was more prudent rather than to list a litany of weeds that fall under the description “noxious” to limit the verbiage to read specifically that “Noxious Weeds” for Ordinance No. 390 would be defined by any and all weeds listed as a noxious weed by the State of North Dakota.
City Attorney, William Hartl, agreed with Councilman Hoffert and suggested that recommendation to the council. In addition, during the open discussion of the Ordinance, Councilman Hoffert brought to the council’s attention that the City may very well own property that would not be in compliance of the ordinance if passed. At that time Councilman Lotvedt vehemently interjected, and was backed by Mayor Geiszler, “that if the city did indeed own property that did not comply, the city should live up to their obligations as they expect the citizens of Rugby to do.” The remaining city councilmen agreed with this sentiment and acknowledged that the city had an obligation to make sure that all properties owned by the city be compliant with the new ordinance.
The discussion period was closed, and the language that listed the weeds specifically was removed as per council direction. A motion was made by Councilman Lotvedt, and seconded by Councilman Hoffert, to vote for passage of Ordinance No 390. Mayor Geiszler called for a roll-call vote and Ordinance No. 390 was passed unanimously 7-0. The second reading of the ordinance will be on June 15th at a special meeting to be held at 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. Ordinance No. 390 amends and further defines the existing Ordinance 9.28. Most of the existing ordinance has not changed. The biggest changes this ordinance makes according to Elizabeth Heisey, City Auditor, “there are more descriptive penalties and fines, as well as an enforceable time frame to address problems.” This was meant to aid with enforcement as well as provide clarity and follow-up procedures. Heisey continued, “There is also additional language for residential vs. commercial distinctions to what constitutes a nuisance property.”
On June 15th the City Council will also have the second reading of the Ordinance authorizing the issuance of $400,000.00 of City of Rugby General Obligation Bonds. These bonds will be used to finalize the financing of the new fire hall recently finished.
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