Ann Arbor City Council Minutes, September 17, 1894

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Date: September 17, 1894

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SEPTEMBER 17, 1894.

COUNCIL CHAMBER,
ANN ARBOR, Sept. 17th, 1894.

Regular session.

President Wines being absent, the Council was called to order by the Clerk.

Roll called. Quorum present.

Absent- Ald. Wagner, Ferguson, Kitson, Prettyman, Pres. Wines- 5.

On motion of Ald. Manly, Ald. Brown was elected president pro tem.

The journal of the last session was approved.

COMMUNICATIONS.

FROM THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS.

To the Common Council:

The Board of Public Works beg leave to submit the annexed bids which they received for the construction of sidewalks where not built by the property owners, for your consideration:

George Kirn is the lowest bidder for building sidewalks on Catherine street along the north side, between Fifth avenue and Main street; also on Kingsley street in front of the property of William Burk estate, William Fohey, Mrs. Neble and John Pfisterer, at $2.50 per rod, and on Chubb street along the property of the St. Thomas cemetery, Henry Mann and the F.L. Parker estate, at $2.10 per rod, four foot walk.

N. Felch bids $5.50 for the grading and $2.69 per rod for building walk, and is the lowest bidder for building E.E. Beal's walk on Kingsley street.

E.C. Jacobus bids $3.80 per rod and is the only bidder for building sidewalk on Clark street, along the property of Mrs. Mahany.

W.H. Richmond bids sixteen cents per square foot, and is the lowest bidder, for building artificial stone walk along the property of the Goodrich estate, on E. Huron street, between the Engine House and the Hamilton Block.

All things considered, the Board recommends that the above bids be accepted.

By order of the Board of Public Works.

W.J. MILLER, Clerk.

Ald. Manly moved that the report be accepted and adopted, and the Board enter into a contract with each of the lowest bidders.

Adopted as follows:

Yeas- Ald. Bodmer, Martin, Allmendinger, Wood, Snyder, Brown, Manly, Taylor- 8.

Nays- None.

FROM THE SAME.

To the Common Council:

The Board of Public Works recommend and ask for the appropriation of Fifty Dollars from the Street Fund, for to do the necessary grading on Forest avenue, south of Hill street.

By order of the Board of Public Works.

W.J. MILLER,
Clerk.

Referred to the Committee on Streets.

PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS.

A petition signed by John Berger and fifteen others asking the council to order the construction of a cement crosswalk along the north side of Liberty street, across Ashley street.

Referred to the committee on sidewalks and streets.

President Wines, Ald. Prettyman and Ald. Kitson reported present.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE.

ORDINANCES.

The third reading by sections of "An Ordinance Relative to the Licensing of Dogs; and Regulating the Running at Large and Slaying of Dogs."

Ald. Taylor moved that the amendment to Section One, as submitted by the city attorney, be substituted for Section One, which amendment reads as follows:

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person owning, possessing or harboring, or having the care or keeping of any dog, male or female, over the age of three months to suffer or permit the same to run at large in any street, alley, square, commons, or other public place, within the city of Ann Arbor, without first obtaining a license therefor from the said city of Ann Arbor, the fee for which license shall be: for a male dog, one dollar; and for a female dog, two dollars, and complying with the provisions hereinafter set forth. No license shall be granted for a period exceeding one year, and all licenses shall expire on the first day of September succeeding tUeir issue.

Which amendment was lost.

Ald. Brown moved to strike out in Section One line 3, the word "two" and insert in lieu thereof the word "three."

Which motion was lost.

Ald. Snyder moved to amend Section One, in line 3, after the words "male dog," insert "a nd a spayed female dog."

Which amendment prevailed.

Ald. Wood moved to strike out in Section Two, line 4, the Word "fifty," and insert in lieu thereof the word "twenty-five."

Which motion prevailed.

Ald. Manly moved the following amendment and substitute for Section Nine:

Section 9. It shall be unlawful for the owner, possessor, keeper, or harborer of any licensed female dog, knowingly to permit her to run at large while in heat, and it shall be the duty of the police of said city to seize, take up and deliver to the pound-keeper any such dog found running at large in said city at such time. It shall be the duty of the pound-master to serve upon the owner, or keeper of such dog a notice in writing of the impounding of such dog at once, and any such dog so impounded may be redeemed or taken from such pound by the owner or keeper of such dog within forty-eight hours after service upon such owner or keeper of said written notice upon the payment to said pound-master of the fees as provided in Section Five. In case the owner or keeper of any such dog so impounded shall not haye redeemed said dog as herein provided it shall be the duty of the pound master to kill the same, or in case said dog is worthy and valuable the same shall be sold by the pound-master, at the pound by public outcry, to the highbest bidder, at the hour of noon next succeeding the expiration of said forty-eight hours.

Which amendment was adopted.

Ald. Prettyman moved the following amendment and substitute for Section Twelve:

Section 12. Whenever any person shall have been convicted of owning, possessing or harboring any dog that has bitten any person within said city while peaceably walking or riding without the enclosure of such owner, keeper or harborer, the justice of the peace before whom such person shall have been convicted shall issue an order in writing directing such owner, keeper or harborer of said dog to kill the same within six hours after service on him of such order. The owner, possessor, keeper or person having in charge any such dog, who shall refuse or neglect to kill it within six hours after having received such order, shall on conviction before the proper tribunal, be liable to the punishment provided in Section Thirteen of this ordinance, and it shall be the duty of any police officer to destroy such dog wherever he shall be found at large in said city six hours after service of said order.

Which amendment was adopted.

After which the chair, having stated the question to be: "Shall this ordinance pass as amended?"

The yeas and nays being called, the ordinance, as amended, passed as follows:

Yeas- Ald. Bodmer, Martin, Allmendinger, Wood Snyder, Brown, Manly, Kitson, Prettyman, President Wines- 10.

Nay- Ald. Taylor- 1.

FROM THE PARK COMMITTEE.

To the Common Council:

Your Committee on Parks find that now is the time to do the necessary grading and seeding on the old cemetary grounds. We would therefore recommend that an appropriation of $50.O0 be made from the Contingent Fund for the necessary grading, etc.

Respectfully submitted,
D.F. ALLMENDINGER,
WALTER L. TAYLOR,
Park Committee.

Accepted and recommendation concurred in as follows:

Yeas- Ald. Bodmer, Martin, Allmendinger, Wood, Snyder, Brown, Manly, Taylor, Kitson, Prettyman, Pres. Wines- 11.

Nays- None.

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

Chairman Brown, of the special committee to whom was referred the Mayor's message relative to the water supply of this city, reported progress and asked for further time, which was granted.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS.

Chief Sipley, of the Fire Department, reported that the water gauge at the Engine House had registered from 60 to 70 pounds during the last two weeks. The report was received and ordered filed.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS.

By Ald. Martin:

Resolved, That the Clerk notify the Ann Arbor T.-H. Electric Co. that their contract of lighting the city expires December 3lst, 1894; also that the Clerk advertise and ask for bids to light the city for the next ensuing year from January 1st to December 31st, 1895, with 91 2000 c.p. arc lights and two 65 c.p. incandescent lights.

Adopted.

By Ald. Prettyman:

Resolved, That the Board of Public Works be directed to report at the next meeting of the Council estimates for bringing to sidewalk grade the south side of the Cemetery Park; also for the grading of E. University avenue between Prospect street and Packard street.

Adopted.

By Ald. Prettyman:

Resolved, That the grading of East University avenue between Prospect and Packard streets to the established grade of the street be referred to the Board of Public Works, and the Board be ordered to ask for bids for such work, and report to the next meeting of the Council.

Adopted.

Ald. Snyder moved that the Street Commissioner is hereby directed to give all residences of this city their proper house numbers where the free mail delivery has been established.

Adopted.

By Ald. Prettyman:

Resolved, That the matter of establishing a new sidewalk and street grade on East Huron street, between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets, be referred to the Street and Sidewalk Committees.

Adopted.

On motion the Council adjourned.

W.J. MILLER,
City Clerk.