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Montevideo Council gives green light to motorcycle run

MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo gave the green light to a motorcycle run in the community this summer.

The council action Monday welcomes 250 to 500 riders expected to participate in the American Legion Legacy Run on Aug. 22. Council members approved the request for free camping and the use of Lagoon and Smith Parks, according to City Manager Steve Jones.

The Legacy Run is a fundraising event for scholarships. The scholarships are provided the children of active duty servicemen and women killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

The American Legion Riders Post 59 of Montevideo is hosting the event, according to information provided the council by Paul Rice, post secretary.

Many of the riders are expected to stay at motels in the city as well as at the Training and Community Center, but a number have also expressed interest in camping.

In other business, council members approved a new timetable for the street and utility projects for 2010. The bid opening date was moved from April 15 to May 13. Spring flooding had delayed engineering work on this year's slate of project.

Council members also agreed to publish a summary of the newly updated ordinance governing cats and dogs in the community. The new ordinance makes cats subject to the same licensing, leash and other regulations as dogs. It also includes other language clarifications or changes, according to Jones.

Council action was necessary to approve publishing a summation rather than the entire ordinance, which is quite lengthy and would be expensive to publish in its entirety, he explained.

Council members also agreed to set aside time next Monday to review the city's policies concerning liquor sales, with all issues, including bar closing times, on the table.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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