By ERICKA WERLING
Only two items were considered Monday by the Abilene City Commission.
The commission approved a low bid of $277,986 from Vogt’s Parga for public improvements to the Dawson’s Cottage Addition.
Public improvements are water, sewer, storm drainage and streets. The City Commission requested that the streets be constructed with concrete because of lower long-term maintenance costs. Developers Scott and Maureen Dawson requested the commission pay the difference between concrete and asphalt streets since the bid for asphalt came in with a slightly lower bid.
The commisson agreed to pay the difference of approximately $6,000. The city will now proceed with securing temporary note financing for the project.
The commission voted to table an item regarding amending the city code in regard to animal drawn vehicles.
The City Commission discussed several proposed changes to Chapter 3, Article 17 of the City Code concerning animal drawn vehicles. The ordinance was approved in June 2011 to regulate animal drawn vehicles, such as horse drawn carriages.
Following an overview of the various amendments, the City Commission decided to table the ordinance in order for it to be rewritten to rescind Chapter 3, Article 17 from the City Code. In presenting the amendments to the City Commission, City Manager david Dillner said the city code still allowed the city to address any issues that may arise from incidents involving animal drawn carriages, and that rescinding the regulations may be an appropriate option in light of various complexities with respect to animal drawn vehicles used throughout the community.