Council to revisit pet rules

Two of the most contentious portions of the new Fort Dodge animal control ordinance may be removed.

A reworked version will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday.

Under the animal control ordinance passed at the Sept. 9 meeting, a person could own a maximum of three dogs.

The new version removes this requirement, instead stating that no one can own so many pets that it creates unhealthful or unsanitary conditions.

Also, dogs could now be unleashed on their owner’s property as long as the dog is in the immediate control and immediate presence of the owner.

The proposed license fee for a non-spayed or neutered dog, cat or ferret would also be set to $15. The law as initially passed set it at $20.

The meeting will begin with a public workshop regarding the ordinance at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Following the meeting, two public workshops will be held. One will present plans to demolish Expo Pool and make the area into a park.

The other will examine the garbage container program. The city is planning a new system of refuse collection, in which bags and bins will be replaced with 96-gallon containers provided by the city. One will be for trash. Recycling materials, which will not have to be sorted, will go in the other one. Those bins will be picked up by new trucks that will lift and empty them with mechanical arms.