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January 18, 2020

12/24/2019 9:35:00 AM
City Council hears Municode presentation
The city of Dodgeville passes ordinances all the time. For those wanting to know more about the ordinances that shape Dodgeville, "there may be an app for that" down the road.
Council members heard from General Code's Marcia Clifford at Tuesday nights common council meeting. General Code's mission is to help craft a municipalities code in a way that keeps rules and regulations up to date. When ordinances are updated or repealed, General Code uses technology to update regulations as soon as they are adopted.
According to the General Code website attorneys and legal editors thoroughly review and analyze a municipality's legislation for conflicts, duplications, inconsistencies and compliance with state statutory requirements.
"We produce our findings in a workbook format, we give you choices on how to resolve the conflicts that we found," Clifford said to council members. "We view this as a collaborative effort. We're not going to hand you a code at the end of the project and say, 'here you go, you're going to be making all the decisions.' The code will represent and reflect what you want here. And once that work is done, then we will produce the code book itself."
The process takes about 12 to 18 months, and the city of Dodgeville would have about four months to finish the workbook. Codes are split into different ordinance categories (animal ordinances, traffic ordinances, etc).
Since council members weren't able to see the full contract, council tabled action until the next council meeting.
Mayor Todd Novak gave updates for the Trumpy properties. Two houses on Union Street are empty as well as an apartment building. Public Works Director Greg Lee said that they are still waiting on results for asbestos they are required by law to have tested.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley stated that she sent council members an Ehlers written municipal advisor client annual advice disclosure, which is handled every year. No action was taken on this.
Dodgeville Library Director Vickie Stangel announced to council members that there are plans underway to have a public forum regarding the library referendum scheduled for January 27, time to be later announced. A library board meeting is scheduled for January 13 at 5 p.m. along with presentations to the Lion's Club and Dodgeville School Board that same day.
Economic Development Specialist Steve Genoway's contract with the city of Dodgeville ends on December 31 of this year. Genoway presented a report to council members highlights from the year as well as a brief rundown of projects and recommendations. Council members thanked him for his service for the city of Dodgeville.
In other city council business:
-Council members denied a request for a discount on fire department billing.
-Council members approved a resolution for the appointment of 2020 Election Workers.
-Council members approved an IamResponding Subscription Renewal Agreement for EMS.
-Council members approved a Rekor Recognition Systems Software License Subscription.
-Council members approved a new one year operator's license for Timothy Curtis Thomas (Ending June 30, 2020).
-Council members approved claims as read by Alderperson Mike Borne.
Please note that City Hall will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas Holiday. City Hall will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
Next regularly scheduled council meeting is on the calendar for January 7 at 5:30 p.m.





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