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Pot bellied pigs a concern in W’bago

By Staff | Jan 19, 2020

Work continues on updating the animal/pet ordinance for the city of Winnebago.

City attorney David Frundt presented the City Council with a first draft of an ordinance at their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“This first draft deals specifically with pot-bellied pigs and is just a starting point,” Frundt said. “It is modeled after the ordinance passed by Blue Earth.”

Council member Calvin Howard mentioned he had looked at it prior to the meeting and liked what he had seen.

“I have concerns over the total number of pets which will be allowed,” Police Chief Eric Olson remarked.

Questions were also raised about how large some of the pigs may become.

“I would like to see a picture requirement so the city could have pictures of the pigs on file,” council member Rick Johnson added.

The council also heard from Olson about a problem with the computers in the police department’s squad cars.

“They are six years old and are becoming unreliable,” Olson explained. “The problem is we can no longer issue written tickets, according to state law, sowhen the computers do not work we cannot ticket people.”

Olson had received bids totaling $6,805.98 for two computers and there was over $21,000 in court fines available to fund the purchase. The council voted to approve replacing the computers in both squad cars.

Continuing with other financial matters, the council voted to pay estimate No. 9 for the NW Street and Utility Improvement Project. The amount was $422,368.50, payable to Holtmeier Construction.

“This should be the last large payment until the next construction season begins,” city engineer Travis Winter remarked.

The council also considered mowing bids for this year. Following discussion the bid was awarded to More than Mowing of Winnebago at a bid of $610 per mowing.

A motion to continue the city’s professional service agreement for 2020 with Frundt, Lundquist and Gustafson, Ltd., of Blue Earth was passed.

Two resolutions to accept donations were also passed. The first donation came from Winnebago American Legion Post No. 82 and totaled $2,012.02. It will be deposited in the 10 Percent Charitable Gambling Donation Fund.

The second donation totaled $4,180 and was from area individuals and businesses. The total amount was split with $1,550 going to the Winnebago Ambulance Fund; $500 to the Winnebago Kids Fund for purchase of new playground equipment at West City Park; $1,500 to the Winnebago Community Pool for upgrades; $230 to the Muir Library to purchase books and supplies; $50 to the Winnebago Economic Development Authority for the 2020 Power of Produce (POP) program; and $350 to the Freedom Rock project.

The subject of unsewered properties also came before the council.

“Chad Viland from Faribault County Soil and Water has been contacted and he said he would be able to send out letters to the properties currently in violation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency would take over from that point.” city administrator Jacob Skluzacek reported. “The property owners would have 10 months to comply. If they do not come into compliance, the state would be able to issue fines.”

The council voted to authorize Viland to send out letters to the owners of the properties currently in violation.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Winnebago City Council is Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.