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7/8/2013 3:06:00 PM
Council explores uniform animal ordinance with surrounding communities

Since May of last year the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has been trying to institute a uniform animal ordinance for the cities under its jurisdiction.

The purpose of this uniform animal ordinance as stated in the proposal is: "To preserve the public health, safety and welfare, and guard against public nuisances, the ownership and possession of animals must be regulated."

The cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay have to accept the uniform animal ordinance for the ordinance to be implemented.

The first draft was sent to city representatives from Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay in June of 2012 and the final draft was sent for approval on May 7.

During Greenwood's monthly city council meeting in June the ordinance was discussed and it was decided the council would wait to approve the ordinance until there was consensus that the other cities would not be making any more changes.

Bill Cook, Greenwood city council member, said no action was taken with regard to the animal ordinance at the July 3 meeting for the same reasons.

"Our plan is to wait until we have a little more dialogue from other communities [to move forward with the ordinance]," Cook said.

Cook said the goal is to get a common set of rules for the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department to follow when it comes to animal enforcement and it would be better to wait until all parties could come to an agreement.

It would be better to hold off, Cook said, than to move forward with different communities expecting different results.

Enforcement of the animal ordinance is defined in the proposal as: "Citations are issued for certain violations. The animal control officer or police officer is authorized to issue a citation to any person, firm, or entity for any alleged violations of this ordinance and any other ordinances or statutes which provide the basis for prosecution of violations of this ordinance. Nothing within this ordinance shall be construed to limit the authority of animal control officers or police officers to enforce any provisions of this ordinance or related statutes or ordinances."

The ordinance also states that any person who violates a provision of this ordinance is guilty of misdemeanor.

Contract renewal

The Greenwood City Council moved forward with renewing their service contract with Deephaven at the July 3 meeting as well.

The current, three-year contract expires in December.

Cook said the contract was renewed without much discussion, or changes.

Originally, when the Greenwood city clerk resigned in 2010, the city of Greenwood contracted administrative services from the city of Deephaven.

The content of the 2014-16 agreement is essentially the same as the 2011-13, according to a document provided for the July 3 Greenwood City Council meeting.

The contract proposed to provide services in the areas of clerical services, zoning coordination services, building inspection services, public works services, and equipment and building rent.

A historical cost summary from 2005-2012, as part of the summary of the 2014-16 service contract between Greenwood and Deephaven, shows Greenwood paid no clerical service fees until 2010, when it paid $19,555, which jumped to $31,557 in 2011 and $32,442 in 2012.

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