Dog owners reminded to keep pets on leash

Hull City Council is reminding dog owners that letting dogs run free onto other people’s yards is violation of city ordinance.

A complaint regarding dogs running free and leaving waste in neighboring yards was discussed at the council meeting last week. The homeowner who complained was advised to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department for further enforcement.

The council finalized the costs of the Locust Street improvement project and started the final steps of the assessment process. Councilors approved resolutions that ordered preparation of the final plat and schedule of assessments and adopting and levying the final schedule of assessments and providing for the payment of the assessments.

“The bills assessing the street improvements should be mailed to the property owners in a few weeks,” stated city administrator Aaron Kooiker.

Kooiker also informed the council that he, Mayor Rog Buys and other city administrators from northwest Iowa had again traveled to Des Moines to lobby legislators for the Lewis and Clark water project.

“We’re pleased that the state of Iowa has pledged $3.5 million for the project this year and the same amount for next year,” added Kooiker. “This will help get that water to Hull a little sooner.”

The contract with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department for fiscal year 2018 was approved. The cost for the city will be $264,172, which is a 2.37 percent increase. The cost of coverage for the current year is $258,000. The contract provides law enforcement services within the corporate limits of Hull.

Kooiker reported that the an environmental specialist with the compliance bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was in Hull last month to do a sanitary sewer inspection last month.

“The DNR reviewed our records on how we handle our water system and their report shows that we did very well,” said Kooiker. “They interviewed Lonni Westpahl, our water and wastewater superintendent, and didn’t find any deficiencies. We have a good water system.”

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