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A doggone decision

Published 11:31am Thursday, June 13, 2013

After several meetings spent tossing around ideas for a proposed animal control ordinance, the Dadeville City Council is hosting a public hearing to allow citizens to voice their questions, concerns and opinions.

“Everybody has their points about what needs to be addressed in this dog ordinance,” said city attorney Robin Reynolds. “I’m trying to address a lot of issues.”

The 41-section proposed ordinance includes notations on everything from animal control officers, keeping pets leashed, protection of property, offensive odors and animal cruelty.

Reynolds cautioned the council to remember that the final ordinance, once in force, will apply to everyone equally, even “several dogs in this town that are just about mascots.”

A meeting is scheduled for June 18 to allow citizens to offer their input on the ordinance, which is a available for review a city hall. Attendees will sign an attendance list and then may speak to the council up to three minutes.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Rec Center.

“This is the hottest thing we’ve had come before the council in a long time,” said Mayor Joe Smith. “Everybody just think about what they are going to say next week.”

The council also:

- voted to purchase the necessary street signs and paint to come into compliance with the state department of transportation

- voted to grant the HAZMAT team the necessary funding to purchase needed equipment after hearing update from Assistant Police Chief Chris Martin

- recapped the meeting between a committee of the council and a committee of the Water and Sewer to determine which group should provide the matching funds for grants for Aster Street and a generator. Of the remaining amount that would be due, the Water and Sewer board will pay $42,500 at maximum, with the city picking up the other $42,500 at maximum, in addition to the $40,000 already paid by the city.

- voted to accept the lowest bid, R&H Electric of Montgomery, to complete the generator project

- voted to put Matt Campbell on the zoning board

- discussed a time to view the required ethics video

- spent time in executive session to discuss pending litigation

- opted to receive free workout equipment and allow volunteers to begin developing a work out center for city employees

A meeting is scheduled for June 18 to allow citizens to offer their input on the ordinance, which is a available for review a city hall. Attendees will sign an attendance list and then may speak to the council up to three minutes.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Rec Center.

“This is the hottest thing we’ve had come before the council in a long time,” said Mayor Joe Smith. “Everybody just think about what they are going to say next week.”

The council also:

- voted to purchase the necessary street signs and paint to come into compliance with the state department of transportation

- voted to grant the HAZMAT team the necessary funding to purchase needed equipment after hearing update from Assistant Police Chief Chris Martin

- recapped the meeting between a committee of the council and a committee of the Water and Sewer to determine which group should provide the matching funds for grants for Aster Street and a generator.

Of the remaining amount that would be due, the Water and Sewer board will pay $42,500 at maximum, with the city picking up the other $42,500 at maximum, in addition to the $40,000 already paid by the city.

- voted to accept the lowest bid, R&H Electric of Montgomery, to complete the generator project

- voted to put Matt Campbell on the zoning board

- discussed a time to view the required ethics video

- spent time in executive session to discuss pending litigation

- opted to receive free workout equipment and allow volunteers to begin developing a work out center for city employees

- heard an update on the out-of-service fire truck, which is still being worked on in Decatur

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