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Nimrod adopts offical rules

The Nimrod city council officially adopted a set of formal ordinances at its meeting Monday night. Citing a passage from the Handbook for Minnesota Cities, mayor Jeff Pederson said, "We can pass (the ordinances) right now, when we're all here." H...

The Nimrod city council officially adopted a set of formal ordinances at its meeting Monday night.

Citing a passage from the Handbook for Minnesota Cities, mayor Jeff Pederson said, "We can pass (the ordinances) right now, when we're all here."

He added, "There was an attorney here last time questioning my way of doing things, and, quite frankly, he was wrong."

Besides ordinances pertaining to pet control, adult entertainment and lawn tidiness, the council approved an ordinance requiring building permits for any new building on solid land or skids and any addition or garage that changes the structure of the home. Clerk Margaret Rathcke noted the council already requires building permits for projects and she reports any new construction periodically to the state.

The council also halted lot division, unanimously voting to allow a lot split only with a variance issued by the council.

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"I want to clarify that we do have regulations and laws, and have since we became a city 130 years ago," said council member Jeanne Tellock.

"Yeah, but have you read those lately?" Pederson chuckled.

The council members then perused the village's previous set of ordinances, some dating as far back as 1946, which deal with dogs in heat and malt liquor distribution.

The council voted unanimously to accept the ordinances and changes discussed Monday and those talked about at a special meeting April 3.

"These can take effect immediately," Pederson said, noting the ordinances will be run by the city's attorney and published in the Sebeka Menahga Review Messenger.

"I'm looking at the future of this city, and this is something that should've been done 10 years ago," Pederson said.

In other business, the council heard from a concerned citizen about an ongoing problem with a neighbor's dog. The council also heard a report from Miss Nimrod and the Nimrod Princess concerning their recent participation in the Pine River Pageant. A used appliance pick-up and pet vaccination clinic were discussed. Pederson noted that several people from other cities have complimented him recently on how well the Nimrod council members get along with each other.

"We actually wave to each other when we see each other in the street," he said. "Some towns' council members don't."

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