Several routine issues took center stage at last week’s meeting of the LaPrairie City Council.
Pavement striping, which was previously discussed by the council, was again on the agenda. City Engineer, Bob Beaver, recommended that the edges of driving surfaces be painted on both sides of the street for Fraser Street west of Voges Avenue, Voges Avenue north of Fraser Street, Fraser Street east of LaPrairie Avenue, and all of Park Drive. The council voted to accept Beaver’s recommendation with the exception of Fraser Street west of Voges Avenue. The cost of the project will be $1,455, half of which will be covered by Get Fit Itasca.
Mayor Mike Fall updated the council on the status of the city’s generator. Previously the council sought to sell the generator, citing space limitations and lack of use as reasons for the sale. However, Fall said that the city of Grand Rapids was interested in taking over the unit and storing it at the PUC garage.
In the event the city of LaPrairie needed the generator, Fall said personnel from the city of Grand Rapids would do the necessary work. He concluded his remarks by saying; “I think this is a win-win.”
The council again took up the subject of the alleyway between LaPrairie and Elizabeth Avenues that is bounded on the north by Balsam Street and on the south by Fraser Street. Previously, the council held a public hearing to discuss whether or not to vacate the alley, however, the council was unable to vote as a full Council was needed to take action. Monday was the first Council meeting since the public hearing where all four Council members and the Mayor were present. They voted unanimously to vacate the alley.
Fall then addressed the issue of cats and dogs in the city. Fall said that laws regulating the number of cats and dogs that a LaPrairie resident can own have always been in the city’s ordinance but when the city adopted its basic code, the language from the ordinance was not incorporated into the basic code.
The amendment to the basic code limits each home owner to two dogs and two cats over the age of three months. These limits are identical to those established in the original ordinance.
Fall said he received one comment from a resident concerned about visiting relatives whose pets would put the household over the limit. Fall responded saying the language was directed at LaPrairie residents only, not visitors. The council voted unanimously to amend the basic code to include limits on cats and dogs in the city.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to award a contract in the amount of $3,820 to Hammerlund Construction for repairs to be made to playground equipment at the park by the end of June.
• Noted that the city’s annual picnic will be held June 23.