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Animal ordinance change gets first reading

By Staff | May 11, 2018

During a regular meeting Monday evening, the Rugby City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would remove one kind of animal from the list of animals prohibited within city limits.

Ordinance No. 411 changes Chapter 6.08 of Rugby’s Municipal Code by striking “pit bull” dogs from list of prohibited animals and Chapter 6.08.020 from the code.

Chapter 6.08.020 defines “pit bulls” as any dog that is a bull, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, mixed or any dog bearing the appearance or characteristics of the above breeds. “Pit bulls” in the city prior to Dec. 5, 2011 were considered grandfathered in and exempt from the prohibition ordinance.

Still prohibited within city limits would be the keeping of certain farm animals (horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats, fowl, poultry, livestock, swine), felines that are not domestic house cats, snakes, scorpions, alligators, crocodiles and other animals commonly found in the wild (rabbits, bees, ferrets, foxes, skunks, porcupines and raccoons). Fines not less than $100 but not more than $500 would still be in place for persons convicted of animal neglect or cruelty.

Main Avenue demonstration project

Rugby Job Development Authority Executive Director Jessica Brossart and board member Daunne Heilman met with the council to discuss a proposal for a temporary active transportation demonstration project on Main Avenue.

The proposed project would be on the section of Main Avenue from 3rd Street to 2nd Street. The concept would include curb extensions on all four corners of 2nd Street and Main Avenue and on the northeast and northwest corners of 3rd Street and Main Avenue; keeping existing angled parking on the west side of Main while converting the angled parking on the east side to parallel; creating a parklet in front of the existing alley on the east side; moving curb lines on the east side between 2nd and 3rd to represent wider sidewalks; shared lane markings; and custom art, delineator posts, seating and bike parking for curb extensions.

The project comes from the N.D. Department of Transportation’s ND Moves program, which is to test solutions for promoting active communities.

The demonstration would start in July of this year and end in August.

City Attorney Bill Hartl questioned whether there would be difficulties for people to get around. Police Chief John Rose questioned the opinion that Rugby has a wide Main Avenue and said his personal opinion was that Main Avenue wasn’t wide enough.

Ward 2 Councilman Gary Kraft said the project would be temporary.

“Let’s remember this is a one-month trial,” Kraft said.

Brossart said the NDDOT would not want to “make our town unsafe”.

The council voted to approve the demonstration project.

Other actions

– The council discussed city garbage service bids received from Waste Management and Circle Sanitation, of Minot. No bids were approved or denied at this time. In a related motion, the council approved a motion for Circle Sanitation to conduct services for this year’s citywide cleanup. Citywide cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 19 at the city shop-located at 215 4th Ave. W. Curbside pickup would not be offered.

– The council approved gaming site authorizations for the Rugby Jaycees (3rd Street Station and I.C. Dubbles) and the Rugby Eagles (Lee’s Bar).

– Wade Senger, of Interstate Engineering, met with the council to discuss progress on the water treatment plant improvement and raw water line replacement projects and related estimates.

– The council approved an abatement application for George & Dyvonne Zinck.

– The council approved proclamations for Emergency Medical Services Week, Police Week, Poppy Day and Arbor Day.

– The council approved April meeting minutes, bills and financial statements, JDA minutes and financials, and Municipal Judge’s report

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