By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
On a split vote, the Clinton City Council voted to alter the minimum billable amount for sewer bills during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The ordinance ammendment changes the billable volume for sewer customers to one unit, or 100 cubic feet, per month. The minimum per quarter would be altered to three units, 300 cubic feet, per quarter.
The ordinance also will add a new section that states sewer users who are not customers of Iowa American Water and do not have a meter for water usage will be billed a minimum usage of 8 units, 800 cubic feet, per month or 24 units, 2,400 cubic feet, per quarter. According to City Finance Director Jessica Kinser, 16 customers are affected by this change.
Under the ordinance that was passed in 2005, customers were paying $72 per quarter, which Kinser said equated to 24 units by the rates at the time.
Council members John Rowland, at-large and Maggie Klaes, Ward 1, cast the “no” votes. Council member Jennifer Graf, at-large, was absent.
The Council also took action on the Animal Protection and Control Ordinance, which has been volleying between committees and the Council for months. The ordinance was passed on the first reading by the Clinton City Council on Tuesday.
The revised ordinance first appeared in the Rules and Regulations Committee in July where it was met with opposition over the proposed limit on dogs, cats or ferrets at 10.
Throughout the course of the discussion at various levels, the ordinance was altered so no limit would be set on the number of animals. Instead, the ordinance dictates the pet owner cannot have a number of animals that creates an unhealthy or unsanitary condition for the animals or human.
Several other concerns about the stipulated fees, discipline for people violating the ordinance, and many other items within the ordinance caused repeated discussion and extra scrutiny before it reached the Council for approval Tuesday night.
The Council approved the first reading of the ordinance 6-0 with Council member Jennifer Graf, at-large, absent.
Both ordinances will need to go through two more readings before they are finally adopted.