By Trisha Zach
The City of Bloomfield and Bloomfield Community Schools are working to improve student safety by creating a one-way street during school months.
Shane Alexander, superintendent of Bloomfield Community Schools, brought after-school traffic to the Bloomfield City Council’s attention during last week’s meeting.
“We have had people drive around buses, on curbs, on the grass to go around the bus with the arm out,” Alexander said.
Alexander and other school faculty think making McNamara Street a one-way will put a stop to drivers breaking rules and endangering children.
The part of McNamara stretching form Ciro Street to Elm Street is the area pointed out by Alexander. This section from the track to the bottom of the elementary school parking lot is already a one-way while the buses are loading, but faculty would like it to become a one way permanently, he said.
The council had concerns that during the slippery winter months this section of McNamara Street is needed as some people cannot make it up the steep streets elsewhere.
The council agreed that the children are at risk, and said there needs to be improvements to ensure their safety.
After some deliberation, the council agreed that McNamara becoming a one-way during school months from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. would be an appropriate solution.
The city will have a resolution written up to be approved at the next council meeting in July.
Dog and Cat Ordinance Changes
The council also approved changes to the city dog and cat ordinance. Definitions were put into the ordinance to make wording a little more clear.
A “kennel” is now defined as any maintenance of four or more dogs or cats in excess of six months of age, per family or residence. “At large” is now intended to mean the dog or cat is off of the property of its owner, keeper or harborer.
The ordinance for acquiring a license for your pet has changed from 30 days to 10 days after acquiring the dog or cat.
Added to the ordinance is a portion stating that any dog or cat suspected of having rabies or not vaccinated which bites and breaks the skin of any person will be impounded under the supervision of the Board of Health for a period of at least 10 days.
If the dog or cat who has bitten a person is licensed and is deemed fit for release, the pet may be released to the owners. If the pet is not deemed fit or not licensed they will be disposed of.
Uncollared pets and pets at large are considered a public nuisance and will be impounded and a police officer may issue a citation.
Police also have the right to destroy any dog or cat that shows vicious tendencies. It is unlawful to kill, poison, injure or maim any animal, whether it belongs to you or not.
Citations will be given to dog owners who fail to silence or restrain a pet who barks, howls or yelps loudly and disturbs the neighborhood.
It is unlawful to allow your pet to destroy any personal property belonging to another person. It becomes the owners liability.
Any dog or cat owner must pick up after their pet. They must remove feces from public and private properties, citations will be given to all violators.
Stingers One Stop is now open and the council approved a class B liquor license. This license is for beer only, for consumption off the premises.
Well 2003, which had a clay valve has now been approved for a soft start. Parts have been ordered and the well will be back up and running soon.
The council was still waiting for all the Stand Pipe Hill bids to come in, but decided to go with the cheapest one once all bids had been received.
The council decided to help with the city’s Flower Barrel Project. Ray Lush motioned to donate $250 to the project and the rest of the council agreed.
Paramedics added Jared Allen to the fire department.
Lush mentioned resigning due to his medical conditions if the council appointed Mike Doering in his place. The City will look into rules about city council members living within city limits. The council then expressed how much Lush would be missed.
July’s council meeting has been moved from July 2 to July 9.