Dog Restrictions in Parks

ORDINANCE NO. 2015-699
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ST. MARIES, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, AMENDING ST. MARIES CITY CODE SECTION 5-2A ANIMAL CONTROL BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO PROVIDE FOR REGULATIONS OF DOGS IN CITY PARKS; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ANY CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. MARIES AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: That St. Maries City Code Chapter 5, Section 2A entitled “Animal Control: Dogs” shall be, and the same is hereby amended to add a new section, Section 2A-8: to be entitled “Dogs in City Parks” which shall read as read as follows:
5-2A-8: DOGS IN CITY PARKS:
A. During events open to the general public at the city parks it shall be unlawful for any person to take or allow a dog whether it is on a leash or not upon the premises of the city parks.
B. The city council may specify additional times when it is unlawful for a person to take or allow a dog whether it is on a leash or not upon the premises of a particular city park.
C. The prohibition in this subsection will not apply to a service dog as defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA needed to assist an individual with a disability or to a dog used by a police officer in the line of duty.
D. Vendors or others with special circumstances may apply to the city clerk for an exemption from this subsection. The exemption may be granted upon conditions being imposed for the protection of the public. If an exemption is granted, a certificate shall be given by the city clerk stating the exemption and its conditions.
E. Whenever dogs are not allowed in a city park for a particular period, the park shall be conspicuously posted with notices that no dogs are allowed in the park and that a violation of the prohibition is an infraction.
F. City police officers are authorized to enforce this subsection and to eject from a city park any person violating this subsection.
G. Violation of this subsection shall be an infraction and shall be punishable as set forth in the general penalty section 1-4-1 of this code.
SECTION 2: Conflict. That any ordinance or part thereof in conflict with the provision of this Ordinance is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.
SECTION 3: Severability. The ordinance is hereby declared to be severable. Should any portion of this ordinance be declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect and shall be read to carry out the purpose(s) of the ordinance before the declaration of partial invalidity.
SECTION 4: Effective Date. This ordinance shall be effective upon passage and publication as provided by law.
PASSED by the City Council upon a roll call vote as follows:
Ayes: All in favor.
Nays: None
APPROVED by the Mayor this 9th day of March, 2015.
ATTEST: CITY OF ST. MARIES, IDAHO
By: /s/ Kriss Gibson By: /s/ Harry Grubham
KRISS GIBSON, City Clerk HARRY GRUBHAM, Mayor
Publish: April 8, 2015

Posted sschiermeister 06/22/2015

Chicken Ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. 2015-703
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ST. MARIES, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION 5-2-2 OF THE ST. MARIES CITY CODE, ENTITLED “LIVESTOCK,” AND SECTION 11-5-10 OF THE ST. MARIES CITY CODE, ENTITLED “FARM ANIMALS,” TO PROVIDE FOR THE KEEPING OF CHICKENS WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF ST. MARIES SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. MARIES, IDAHO AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: AMENDMENT TO ST. MARIES MUNICIPAL CODE 5-2-2
That St. Maries City Code Title Five, Chapter Two, Section Two, entitled “Livestock” shall be amended as follows:
Section 5-2-2 LIVESTOCK:
It is unlawful for any person to keep any livestock of any kind within the corporate limits of the city except for the keeping of chickens as provided in Section 11-5-10.
SECTION 2: AMENDMENT TO ST. MARIES MUNICIPAL CODE 11-5-10
That St. Maries City Code Title Eleven, Chapter Five, Section Ten, entitled “Farm Animals” shall be amended as follows:
Section 11-5-10 FARM ANIMALS:
There shall be no farm animals in zones other than R-4 for the purpose of residences.
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, or maintain any farm animals in zones other than R-4, except any person may keep, own or maintain chickens on any property within the City, subject to the following conditions:
1. A permit obtained from the City is required before keeping or possession or maintaining chickens on any property within the City. The fee for the permit shall be five dollars ($5.00) per coop or such other amount as set by the City Council in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by resolution by the City. Such permit is required to be renewed annually for a fee of five dollars ($5.00) or such other amount as set by the City Council in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by resolution by the City. Each application shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and shall contain, at a minimum, the name and address of the applicant, and such further information as may be required by the City. An application for a permit under this section gives the City, upon complaint or on its own initiative, authority to inspect the premises upon which chickens are kept and ascertain and determine whether the conditions of this ordinance are being met.
2. Roosters are prohibited.
3. Only hens and chicks may be kept in the City of St. Maries. Chicks are chickens under four (4) months old.
4. The total number of chickens kept must be no more than ten (10) chickens per single family residence regardless of the number of parcels owned.
5. All persons who keep or maintain chickens shall keep them confined at all times in an enclosures strong enough or staked out, or picketed on the premises, or otherwise kept in such a manner as to prevent the chickens from going upon the premises or property of another.
6. An enclosure that provides for safety, protection from the weather, and providing a minimum of two (2) square feet per chicken must be provided. Owners are responsible for protecting their chickens.
7. The enclosure must be roofed or otherwise enclosed on top as well as all sides and must be kept clean to prevent offensive odors.
8. All feed must be kept in animal proof containers or indoors.
9. In residential zones, the enclosures must be located on the side or behind the dwelling unit.
10. Animal locations, structures, pens, corrals, and any other premise or structure used to keep the chickens must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, free from obnoxious odors and substances.
11. Chicken enclosures must be set back a minimum of ten feet from the property lines.
12. Outside slaughtering of chickens within the city limits is prohibited.
13. It shall constitute an infraction punishable by a fine of of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to violate, or fail to comply with this subsection. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
SECTION 3: SEVERABILITY
The ordinance is hereby declared to be severable. Should any portion of this ordinance be declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect and shall be read to carry out the purpose(s) of the ordinance before the declaration of partial invalidity.
SECTION 4: CONFLICTS
That any ordinance or part thereof in conflict with the provision of this Ordinance is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.
SECTION 5: EFFECTIVE DATE
This ordinance shall be effective upon passage and publication as provided by law.
PASSED by a roll call vote of the City Council, under suspension of the rules, as follows:
Ayes: Four (4)
Nays: One (1)
APPROVED by the Mayor this 8th day of June, 2015.
ATTEST: CITY OF ST. MARIES, IDAHO
By: /s/ Kriss Gibson By: /s/ Harry Grubham
Kriss Gibson, Clerk Harry Grubham, Mayor

Posted by sschiermeister 06/22/2015

Pothole Alert!

This unusually warm weather along with all the rain has created earlier than normal potholes around town. One especially that you the public should be aware of is located about 8 block up Second street. The pothole will be filled just as soon as weather temps permit. Until then, the Mayor has directed the City Police to monitor traffic on Second Street as excessive speed and run off in that area is causing the gravel to be kicked out of the pothole just a quick as the City crew can fill it. The City appreciates your patience with the pothole situation and asks that residents call City Hall with the location of other potholes that need to be filled.

Wastewater lines to be photographed.

Residents may see an unfamiliar vehicle in their neighborhood and wonder what’s going on. The City has hired “Dr. Pipeline” to camera the most problematic sewer lines to assess their condition. The large white vehicle will be parked at sewer manholes in and around St. Maries. The process can take up to a couple of hours per manhole. This is the first step in identifying areas where storm water is infiltrating the sewer system. The entire process will result in reducing the inflow and infiltration of water into the City’s sewer system.

Creosote Clean Up Continues

Clean up work at the creosote site began in early August and is expected to continue into December. Crews have been working to move two stormwater pipes that carry water under the levee and across the site to the river. Workers are also building a temporary flood control barrier made of giant sandbags in case there is flooding this winter. Also in October, work will begin to install an underground wall around the contaminated soils. The site will remain closed to the public until late 2015. However, the walking path on the top of the levee is open and provides a great view of the construction site. Questions and concerns can be directed to Debra Sherbina, EPA, 1-800-424-4372.

ANTICIPATED CITY PROJECTS

The following City projects will be completed in the next 4-5 years:

Project Estimated Cost Year Completed
Levee/Swift Project 1,000,000-3,000,000 (City’s share undetermined at this time)
Railroad Avenue $640,000 City Share 2017-2018
Safe Routes to School $25,690 City Share 2016-2017
St. Maries River Road $12,000 City share 2015
Sewer Polishing Ponds Testing $30,000 +/- 2015
Water Treatment Plant Sand $30-40,000 +/- 2014-2015
Water storage Tank $427-927,000 2017-2019
Jefferson Avenue Improvements $60,000 City Share 2014
Washington Avenue Utility Lines $165,000 2014
Cemetery survey/improvements Unknown on-going
Creosote Site Unknown on-going
Rotary Band Shell $25,000 + City Share 2015

Cormana Building usage.

Mayor Grubham is asking residents to weigh-in on the Cormana Building usage including what the public would like to have available to them when renting the building. As the city progresses, times and needs change. Mayor Grubham would like the building to be used often and is asking individuals, clubs, and groups for suggestions on usage, fees, and availability. Call Mayor with your Cormana Building ideas, or include a note with the next water payment expressing your ideas regarding the Cormana Building.

Thank you.

Water rate reduction.

The City Council voted at the April 28, 2014 Council meeting to reduce the monthly water bills by $6 beginning with the May 31, 2014 billing cycle. The $6 reduction is a result of the Council abandoning the requirement for residential water meters.

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In the pines on the shadowy St. Joe River