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Council takes step forward on proposed animal ordinance

Published 1:55pm Thursday, May 30, 2013

A public hearing will allow community members to voice their input on the proposed animal ordinance, as decided at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“I think the city needs to have a fairly comprehensive dog ordinance,” said Robin Reynolds.

Reynolds recently distributed a proposed ordinance to the council for their review, comment and approval.

Tuesday the council, as recommended by Mayor Joe Smith, agreed to hold a public hearing June 18 at 5 p.m. to allow the public to share their input on the dog ordinance.

“This is an important thing to everybody,” Smith said.

The lack of animal control in Dadeville has been a controversial topic for some time now, drawing a number of voices at the first council meeting with the new members Nov. 15 and surfacing again April 11 when Richard Jarrell approached the council about a recent dog attack.

“We have a growing number of irresponsible pet owners in our community,” Jarrell said. “We do have a serious safety problem. We need to address it now.”

At the April 11 meeting, Reynolds produced the city’s most recent dog ordinance, which dated back to 1958.

“Basically it says if you are an owner of a dog, you have to keep that dog muzzled,” Reynolds said. “If you fail to muzzle that dog, you can be fined from a minimum of $2 to a maximum of $20.”

The council also:

- heard from Vance CPA about particulars of the City of Dadeville audit

- voted to contribute $50,000 toward a KwangSung expansion, at the request of the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance

- authorized Councilwoman Pat Potts to petition residents of a street in her district to name the street after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

- discussed the necessity of attending the required ethics seminar