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By BETH ZUMWALT
A pre-council meeting by the city of Pittsfield ordinance committee resulted in the suggestion that more information be obtained on all matters. The decision was made at the Nov. 15 meeting.
The ordinance committee met at 5 p.m. before the 6 p.m. council meeting to discuss: short term rentals, park model trailers, camping locations, mobile alcohol sales, trash/dumpster receptacle placement and commercial property building permits.
All matters will require further study before recommendations can be made to the full council, according to ordinance committee chair, Kevin Ketchum.
Short term rentals would govern bed and breakfasts and other short term places of residence. Park model trailers would regulate the large RV trailers that can double as living quarters, camping locations would provide camping spots within the city for visitors, mobile alcohol sales would allow a portable bar truck, similar to a food truck, to service special events. Additionally, there has been a problem in the city with dumpsters being placed in alleys and on streets within the city. An ordinance defining how this would work is being proposed.
The ordinance committee will meet again Jan. 3 at 5 p.m., before the regular council meeting. The council also set the alderman’s salary at $350 per month in advance of the 2023 municipal elections.
Pittsfield City Lake will officially close Nov. 21. The lake traditionally closes the week after the first firearm deer season.
Each full-time city employee will receive a $300 Christmas bonus and a holiday party will be held for employees sometime in January.
Tom Scranton, the new street and alley superintendent, was introduced to the council.
Work continues on the lagoon at King Park, and it is hoped the project will be completed by March, so the city can host the annual Trout Days.