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Jenkins Council Approves Zoning Violation Fines

Web posted July 10, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Jenkins City Council held on Monday, June 11, 2018 and other documents provided by the City Clerk.)

The Jenkins City Council approved an ordinance to enable the city to impose administrative fines for zoning violations when it met in regular session Monday, June 11. Members present include Mayor John Lubke and council members Hart, Hoffman, Rudlang and Stricker. Clerk Krista Okerman was also present.

Clerk Okerman said the Planning Commission had recommended that the City Council review and consider enacting an Administrative Fines Ordinance. She said City Attorney Person had drafted an ordinance and resolution related to administrative fines as directed by the Council. She said she had drafted a fines fee schedule and the Council had previously adopted a policy on zoning violations. Okerman said that all was in place to enable the City to impose fines for zoning violations. She said the fines were in line with the violations and that the fines would help streamline the process. The fines schedule states “All permits which are issued after the fact are subject to a penalty of triple the application fee in addition to the permit fee. Fines range from $50 (public nuisance) to $250 (building standards violation).

Speed Limit Study
Mayor Lubke reported that the speed limit on County Road 145 North is 55 miles per hour. He said that for public safety reasons, he felt a speed study should be conducted. He said that the abutting Jenkins Township intended to request the same thing. The Council voted to request a speed study on the road.

Council Task List
Clerk Okerman provided the Council with an updated Council Task/Project list. She reported that the Department of Transportation was not able to get the required bidders for the striping project at the intersection of TH 371 and Veterans Street. She said the project would be included in a seal coat project slated for late summer. The Council asked Okerman to provide it with the striping plan and information for the next meeting.

Okerman said a resident abutting city hall had requested the removal of some trees. Mayor Lubke said that would require a survey to be sure on whose lot the trees are located. He said a survey would be beneficial for any potential issues with other surrounding properties. The Council voted to authorize a boundary survey to be completed at a cost not to exceed $500.

Other Business
In other business, the Council:
• Authorized Council member Rudlang to perform some minor updates on the city’s website and discuss a new website and format for the 2019 budget;

• Heard a report from Council member Hart that he received an estimate for the backdrop for the city identification sign in the amount of $1,500 for a summer scene and an additional $900 for a winter scene. Council member Hoffman presented the Council with schematics. Hart and Hoffman estimated the cost for the sign to be $15,000 that did not include the electrical for lighting the sign. No action was taken;

• Voted to approve a Planning and Zoning Services Purchase of Service agreement with Sourcewell, formerly known as the National Joint Powers Alliance, at the same rates as the previous contract;

• Directed Public Works to obtain an additional quote from Crocker Collision regarding an estimate to repair the city’s pick-up truck;

• Directed Council member Okerman to obtain two quotes for re-shingling some loose shingles on the city hall roof and

• Authorized Clerk Okerman to attend a grant-writing workshop with no registration cost.

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