Public comments are scheduled early in the Archer Council meeting. Present at the August 9 council meeting were Richard Ludeke and Bill Engeltjes. Richard started by offering good words to the council for the installation of a crosswalk. He went on to tell lengthy stories about skunks in town. Archer does have an ordinance allowing individuals authorized by council to discharge firearms. The discussion supported common knowledge within the community that protecting the community against rodent populations such as skunks was allowable. Ludeke’s stories tied dilapidated structures and unkempt debris on private property as a draw for wild animals. He used those ties to encourage the council to continue effort to force property owners to make repairs. Of significant concern are structures not sealed against entry of wild animals.
Vanessa Harig suggested to council establishing a Facebook page for the city. A brief discussion ended with council making room for the idea and having Harig bringing back details to the August meeting. One concern is the inability for a governing body to regulate comments.
Harig brought back to the council in August that the administrator can limit posts, block or other forms of controls. Physically, such actions can be taken. There was no discussion in August about how blocking or deleting contents may affect constitutional rights. Troy Iedema suggested looking for one more month for an individual to run the page and establishing use rules before approving the Facebook page. Discussion of returning to publishing a community newsletter also began. Harig says she is getting comments for better communication from council and happenings of the city. The newsletter that published until late 2021 was well received.
Further discussion of an ordinance limiting chickens kept in the city limits continued. Harig reported that she has had comments from the public that the fly problem has improved tremendously. Credit for that improvement was given to the new ownership of the chicken operation next to town. Council approved the first reading of the amendment that allows up to 6 chickens to be kept at a residence and no roosters. The chicken population is amended from 3 to 6.
A lengthy discussion about having 2 junk cleanup days per year was held. Stephen Meyer questioned if the limited use in the spring was an issue of communication or of residents’ needs. Council decided to keep the service to once each year with a closer look at planning and scheduling of the service and the real need for a second clean up day.
Council looked at the discharge of firearms ordinance. Harig supports the idea that protecting citizens from wild or vicious animals should be prompt and accessible rather than trying to get law enforcement or other source of containment. Liability concerns were discussed of council were to designate individuals for the task. The mayor stressed looking at how other communities handle the issue and establishing standards for anyone who may get authorization to discharge a firearm in town. Trapping was discussed as an additional option for animal control. Crop fields line the community and are natural habitat for certain wild animals.
Archer Reformed Church scheduled a block party for September 7. The church asked to close Locust Street from Harriman south one block. Council approved the request after a discussion to expand the event from a church event to a community event.
An open house to view new library and fire department drawings, discuss the project and share ideas about the potential structure was set for Saturday September 10 starting at 10am. The event will be held at the Archer Library. The public is encouraged to come and offer ideas to improve public facilities in the community.

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