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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Denison City Council adopts code amendments for vehicle storage, traffic control

The Denison City Council approved several ordinance amendments during their first regular meeting of August on Tuesday.

The council adopted amendments to chapters 50, 166, and 169 to update inspection and commercial use regulations. They added Subsection 50.15 which gives the Code Enforcement Official the right to enter any premises on proof of authority for the purpose of inspecting any nuisance complaint. Subsection 166.07.34 now specifies a period of no more than 10 days for short-term storage of vehicles in yards and parking lots. Subsection 169.05.01 now limits certain businesses to no more than five inoperable automobiles that are awaiting or undergoing work to be displayed there for any more than 14 days.

The council separately adopted amendments to chapter 60 of the code. Subsection 04 now states that the Chief of Police may direct responsible third parties to help with traffic control under the department's supervision if needed. This includes helping with school crossings as the chief particularly requested but it is not limited to that. They also updated Subsection 07 to authorize an assigned person to officially control traffic. The council approved the first reading and waived the second and third readings of each ordinance amendment.

The members approved an estimate for center line painting in the city by Highway Signing, Inc. City Engineer Tery Crawford says changes made to the program will result in eliminating nearly ¾ of the usual cost. The council moved to purchase a $5,000 Christmas garland using Local Option Sales Tax money from the 2021-22 fiscal year. They also approved a Request For Proposal which begins pursuit of a new fire engine purchase by the Fire Department.

You can find full agendas and minutes from city council meetings here.

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