IML aldermen approve new dog pound construction

City takes steps to round up and take care of strays
2013-02-21T08:05:00Z IML aldermen approve new dog pound construction Daily Journal Online
February 21, 2013 8:05 am

IRON MOUNTAIN LAKE – After a unanimous vote taken by the board of aldermen, Iron Mountain Lake will soon begin construction on a city dog pound.

The motion approving a $6,300 construction budget was approved at the board’s regular monthly meeting held Feb. 11 at city hall. The job will rely heavily on volunteer labor, according to minutes provided by City Clerk Lanette Kuntz.

“The city has always had a problem with stray dogs because people tend to come to the lake to drop off their unwanted animals,” explained Mayor Brian Goodman. Though the city has a leash law, it is difficult to enforce without a pound to detain the animals. Therefore a lot of animals run free. An incident a few months ago really started the ball rolling toward building this dog pound.”

In October a dog attacked several citizens while they were horseback riding, causing injury to the horses. Ward II Alderman Brenda Goodman has spearheaded the project and has been gathering information on running a dog pound, including costs and complying with government requirements.

Mayor Goodman said the city hopes to have the dog pound up and running by mid-summer.

In other business by the board:

Mayor Goodman spoke to board members regarding safety issues involved in snow removal with the current city equipment. He said he’d been able to locate a used dump truck bracket to hold a snow plow and salt spreader that would eliminate the unsafe practice of plowing with a tractor and backhoe. The equipment was also available at a good price. The board unanimously approved purchasing the equipment out of Road Maintenance Budget funds.

CPA Susan Hafner was hired to assist with the city’s quarterly taxes and to help prepare for its year-end audit. City Clerk Kunz told the board she was going line-by-line through a previous audit to make sure the city is in compliance on each issue.

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