Corbin H. Crable
The Edgerton City Council at its June 10 meeting passed a corrected version of an ordinance on animals in the city that has been incomplete since January.
Council members voted unanimously to approve the revised ordinance, which now includes definitions of words and phrases such as “animals,” “animal control officer,” “veterinarian” and “harborer or keeper.” The section that includes the definitions of these words had been mistakenly omitted at a council meeting in late January.
City Administrator David Dillner had brought an amended version of the ordinance before the council at the governing body’s last meeting, but it still did not include the omitted definitions. Dillner then assured the council he would bring a correct ordinance before them at the next meeting.
The ordinance also includes the city’s policies regarding the ownership, vaccination, registration and taxing of animals within city limits. Although tags are required by city code for dogs and cats alike, the city also offers residents an option to equip pets with a microchip.
The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice and allows owners to track their pets in the event they are lost, is available for $20. The city will sponsor a microchipping event at Edgerton’s annual Frontier Days. Pet owners who still need to register their pets with the city will be provided with registration papers at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Martin Creek Park.
Visit the city’s website at www.edgertonks.org for more information.
In other business, the council heard a comment from Edgerton resident Mike Murray during the meeting’s public comment period. Murray, who works with ready-mix concrete in the construction industry, expressed concern that the arrival and construction of the intermodal facility would not offer enough job opportunities for local residents.
“I think it would do a great injustice to the state to have a contractor come from out of state (with ready-mix concrete),” said Murray, who added that to his knowledge, there are at least seven ready-mix concrete companies in Johnson County that can be hired. “It would take away from local people.”
Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts acknowledged the likelihood of this happening but assured Murray that there still would be chances for local residents to be involved.
“That doesn’t mean contractors won’t bring in local help,” Roberts reminded Murray. “The more local we stay, the better off we are.”
The council also voted to send a letter to Charlie Jones of Kansas City, Kan.-based Miller Paving Inc., regarding the company’s completion of Edgerton’s sidewalk improvement project. The letter, written by Dillner, expresses the city’s dissatisfaction with Miller Paving’s job on improving and maintaining Edgerton’s sidewalks.
“Your company did not provide adequate compaction and backfill as required by city regulations,” the letter states. “As a result, property owners have been unable to properly maintain the areas between the street and the sidewalk. This has created a mess as citizens have attempted to mow, and it has made the sidewalks and streets muddy during rain events.”
The letter also lists other infractions, including improperly seeded grass strips and improper grading. Dillner’s letter, dated June 8, asks the company to communicate with the city on a resolution.
The council will next meet for a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.
Edgerton council corrects pet ordinance
Corbin H. Crable