Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Bloomfield Fire Station
Purpose: Review City Administration Options
The Mayor and City Council have scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Bloomfield Fire Station. The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to provide Bloomfield residents an opportunity to hear about the City's plans to review and possibly change the City's overall organizational structure.
The City of Bloomfield has experienced some recent changes in employees and the City Council has decided that it may now be a good time to investigate ways to enhance and improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of city government in Bloomfield. While no decision has been made, one of the options up for consideration is the establishments of a city administrator position. Many cities in Iowa have adopted the city administrator plan of city government in recent years.
Prior to making this important decision, the Mayor and City Council would like to know what the residents of Bloomfield think. Therefore, this Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled to: (1) explain and review all of the City's options, (2) list the pros and cons of each option, (3) offer suggestions and observations. A copy of the agenda for the Town Hall Meeting has been posted below. For more information, contact Mayor Chris Miller or any member of the City Council.
Mayor & City Council Members
City of Bloomfield, Iowa
Town Hall Meeting Agenda
1. Welcome and Introduction
A. Mayor, City Council, and City Employees
B. Patrick Callahan, Municipal Consultant
C. Bloomfield Residents
2. General overview of Town Hall Meeting
A. Purpose of the Meeting
B. The Overall Format of Plan
C. Discussion and Recommendations
3. The History of City Government in Bloomfield
A. The “early days” in Bloomfield
B. Current Plan - Director of Public Works, City Clerk, and Part Time Mayor
C. Recent Retirements and Changes
D. Recent Council Discussions - City Administrator Position and Various Options
4. Overview of the City’s Options - City Administration Structure
A. The Current Plan - Mayor (P.T.), Public Works Director and City Clerk
B. City Administrator/City Clerk - Dual Position
C. City Administrator/Public Works Director - Dual Position
D. City Administrator - Stand Alone Position
E. Full Time Elected Mayor
F. Additional Options?
5. General Overview of the City Administration Structure in Other Cities in Iowa
A. The Early History in Iowa
B. Code of Iowa - City Plans or Options
C. The Trend in Recent Years
D. Examples of the Options in Iowa
6. Small Group Discussions
A. Discussion of the Options
B. Advantages of Each Option
C. Disadvantages of Each Option
D. Suggestions of the City Council
7. Report Back to the Whole Group
A. Pros and Cons of Each Option
B. Suggestions for the City Council
8. City Administration Questionnaire
A. Explanation of Questionnaire
B. Comments and Observations
C. Complete and Return - May 3rd
9. Next Steps in Process for City Council
A. Council Decision on Best Plan
B. Prepare City Ordinances
C. Prepare Job Descriptions
D. Start the Search Process
10. Questions and Comments
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The Bloomfield Police Department and City Council have proposed a new Dog Registration ordinance. This ordinance states that all dogs residing within the city limits must be registered by their owner affective June 1, 2017. Please bring evidence of current rabies vaccination and $5.00 per dog to the Davis County Law Center located at102 Anderson Street in Bloomfield. Applications for registration and dog tags will be distributed at the Davis County Law Center between 8 am and 4 pm.
Ordinance reads as follows:
SECTION 1: That Chapter 55 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Bloomfield, Iowa is hereby amended to add the following sections:
55.17 License Required. The owner of any dog six months old or older, except dogs kept in kennels for the purpose of breeding and sale or in shelter care facilities licensed by the state of Iowa, shall be responsible for applying for and acquiring a license for such dog as of June 1st of each year.
55.18 Application. The owner of any dog for which a license is required shall, on or before June 1 of each year, apply in writing on forms provided by the city clerk for a license for each dog owned by the applicant, which application form shall be signed by the owner. The application shall show the breed, sex, age, color, approximate weight, markings, whether the dog is spayed or neutered, and name of the dog and the address and telephone number of the owner. Applications for a license for dogs over which ownership is acquired after June 1 or which dog has reached the age of six months shall be made within one month from the date of acquisition, or within one month after the dog reaches the age of six months. Applications should be submitted to the Bloomfield Police Department at the Davis County Law Center, 102 Anderson Street, Bloomfield, Iowa, 52537.
55.19 Evidence of Rabies Vaccination Required. No dog shall be licensed hereunder unless the owner submits evidence that the dog has a current rabies vaccination certificate and the certificate of vaccination has been signed by a licensed veterinarian.
(a) The license fees hereinafter provided shall not apply to dogs owned by nonresidents temporarily within the city for a period of not more than 30 days, but shall apply to the dogs of any owner becoming a resident of the city within 30 days after establishing such residence.
(b) A license shall not be required of kennel dogs, seeing eye dogs, hearing ear dogs and dogs specifically registered and certified as service dogs.
55.21 License Fee. The fee for the License described in Section 55.17 is $5.00 per dog if the Application described in Section 55.18 is properly submitted and received by the Bloomfield Police Department between January 1 and June 1 of the calendar year. The License fee shall be $10.00 if the Application is submitted and received by the Bloomfield Police Department between June 2 and December 31 of the calendar year, unless the Application is submitted within one month of the date the owner acquires ownership of the dog or within one month of the dog reaching the age of six months, in which case the fee shall be $5.00.
55.22 Issuance of Tags.
(a) When a dog is registered for licensing, a record of the breed, color, name of dog and name of owner, together with the number of the license issued, shall be made of record in the city clerk's office.
(b) The city shall issue a license tag for each dog licensed, and such license tag shall be securely fixed to a suitable collar or harness on each dog licensed and worn by such dog at all times.
(c) The dog tags required by this article shall not be transferable from one dog to another, and no refund shall be made on any dog license fee because of the death of the dog or by reason of the owner leaving the city before the expiration of the license period. Upon the filing of an affidavit that the license tag has been lost or destroyed, the owner may obtain another tag on the payment of $1.00. The Bloomfield Police Department Administrative Assistant shall keep a proper record of the issuance of duplicate tags.
Takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month.
Call the City Clerk to find out where it is going to be held. (641) 664-2260
This will be an informal gathering for citizens to ask questions and share opinions
regarding City processes, plans and actions.