Okoboji City Council Adopts Several New Ordinances; Sets Date For Public Hearing On Proposed Increase In Water Rates

Tue 10-13-2020

(Okoboji)-- Several new ordinances will be going on the books in Okoboji following last (Tues.) evening's City Council meeting. City Administrator Michael Meyers says one of them prohibits parking along one side of a busy street in the community...Michael Meyers01 

"The city council passed a new parking ordinance for the city of Okoboji effectively making the odd addressed side of Lakeshore Drive no parking from Givens Street all the way to Pikes Point on Lakeshore Drive. We plan on that going into effect February 1. We'll reach out to our community through our newsletter or through a direct mailing and let them know."

Another ordinance receiving final approval is one pertaining to the discharge of sump pumps on city streets...Michael Meyers02 

"What this will prohibit will be the direct discharge of storm water onto the city street, if it's creating a hazardous or otherwise nuisance type situation on the street. So we'll take a look at what's going on in the community and if there's storm water that's being put on the street that creates moss or a dangerous situation for pedestrians or cyclists or it's causing an ice build up on the street to where it's damaging infrastructure we'll take a look and have conversations with those property owners. What's important to note here is this isn't everyone who's discharging onto the street, it's just those who are creating a nuisance."

Another ordinance that received final adoption clarifies open space requirements in the city's zoning code and what counts toward that when it comes to steps, decks and patios. And yet another ordinance that received final adoption makes it illegal to park unattached trailers on city streets.

The council also approved lowering the speed limit on that portion of 165th Street that is within the city's jurisdiction from 35 mph to 25 mph, making it consistent with the county's portion of the road.

The Okoboji City Council also awarded the low bid of $106,000 to re-roof public works, police department and fire department facility pending favorable references of the contractor; and they set November 10th at 6:00 pm as the date and time for a public hearing on a proposed increase in water rates.