The regular Raymond City Council meeting commenced at 6 pm on May 5, with two members, Dee Roberts and Betty Soverign absent from the meeting.
As the meeting started Mayor Jungar added one item to the agenda.
The consent agenda approved claims in the amount of $235,915.11 and payroll in the amount of $134,027.55. No communications were noted.
When it came time for items from the public not covered on then regular agenda, Cherry Barnum spoke out about a small issue she has been dealing with for a while in the form of chickens in the Riverdale area.
With conversation from Police Chief Spoor, who admits that catching the chickens are a task in itself, he also said that some of the residents have been notified and that they are aware of the problem. It seems that not only are the chickens starting to become a nuisance for traffic as they are roaming the streets, they are also making quite a racket in the early hours of the am disturbing residents while they sleep. Chief Spoor commented that he would look further into the issue but without specific information as to ownership it would take a while to track down the correct roost for the wayward chickens. Barnum said she understood but is really looking for something to be done before it gets any worse.
Raymond City Municipal Code chapter 6.04.270 deals with fowl under the animal control chapter, which reads: A) It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep, use or maintain within the city any pen, lot, place or premises in which any fowl may be confined or kept in such manner as to be noisome, foul or offensive, or from any cause to be an annoyance to any community, family or person. B) It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to permit any fowl owned by or for which he or it is responsible to run at large within the city. C) Any fowl in violation of this section may be impounded or disposed of.
With no good method of catching or holding the chickens the council is working on measures to address the issue. For now if residents continue to have issues with the chickens that they should call the police and someone will look into it.
A discussion and vote was approved for the decommissioning project of the old water treatment plant to be awarded to Rognlin’s Inc. Council members approved the bid from Rognlin and will proceed with the work. The council accepted the bid with one nay vote, who was hoping to have the contract re-bid.
Discussion moved onto a public hearing on street vacations, and City Ordinance 1826 Monohon Landing Road Vacation.
Public Works Director Dean Parson’s presented a map of the area in question that he noted was originally surveyed incorrectly concerning the Monohon Landing and a public hearing was opened up during the council meeting.
Only one resident was concerned about the project who, after understanding the future applications to the vacationing, was satisfied that it would have no impact on his property.
The public hearing was closed and the road adjustment will move forward.
The next Raymond City Council meeting will be held on May 19, at 6 pm.