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Fireworks, animal ordinances pass second reading

By Staff | Apr 5, 2019

Rugby residents can now keep up to four chickens in their backyards, and they can also light off fireworks from 9 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The Rugby City Council passed the second reading of ordinances containing these amendments to the city’s Municipal Code Monday evening during a regular meeting at Rugby City Hall.

Ordinance No. 415 amends Chapter 9.36.040, which deals with limitations for fireworks in city limits. Fireworks can be used from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 27-July 2, from 8 a.m. on July 3 to 1 a.m. July 4, from 8 a.m. July 4 to 1 a.m. July 5, on July 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Dec. 31.

Ordinance No. 416 amends Chapter 6.08.010 to remove poultry from the list of animals prohibited within city limits, and adds Chapter 6.08.020-which applies to persons in residential neighborhoods only. In that chapter, residents are allowed to keep up to four hen chickens-roosters are not allowed. Hens must be kept in the back yard, not in the front or side yards. The ordinance passed with Ward 3 Councilmen Joel Berg and Matt Lunde and Ward 4 Councilman Chuck Longie being “no” votes.

Other actions

– The council approved an amended Armory rental agreement, which includes a new clause that failure to vacuum carpet tiles, if used for an event, would “result in an additional charge of $400.”

– The council approved sand and gravel bids.

– The council approved a special event permit for Balta Bar & Grill for on-sale alcohol at the Ellie Ann’s Interior Design building during a one day women’s retreat Tuesday, April 30.

– The council approved a local permit for the Rugby Senior Citizens Center for Bingo games.

– The council approved a final payment of $2,550 to PKG Contracting for work on water treatment plant improvements.

– The council approved March meeting minutes, bills and financial statements, the Municpal Judge’s report, Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau report and the Job Development Authority report.

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