Archive for Tuesday, May 10, 2011

City council approves update of animal control ordinance

May 10, 2011

With little discussion Monday, the Tonganoxie City Council unanimously approved an extensive update of the city’s animal control ordinance.

Most of the details of the update, which increases license fees and fines, were hashed out in the two previous council meetings. Discussion among council members Monday focused on limiting the total number of dogs and cats in a household to four animals.

That issue had been debated in the two previous meetings, and Mayor Jason Ward reminded the council Leavenworth County Humane Society President Crystal Blackdeer suggested that could result in fewer residents volunteering to offer foster care to stray dogs. He asked that some method be found to accommodate those interested in providing pet foster care.

Council members, however, were comfortable with the four dog or cat limit per household. Those residents who currently have more than four total dogs or cats of more than 90 days of age have until June 1 to register their pets. After that, a special-use permit would be required to keep five or more cats and dogs in a household.

Among other changes in the ordinance are:

• An increase in the annual pet license fee from $10 to $15 and from $5 to $19 for spayed or neutered animals.

• An increase in the city impoundment fee from $10 to $20.

• Increases for such first-time offenses as pets running at large to $50 and step increases in fines to $2,000 for six violations or more.

• Establishment of a new class of offenses with a fine starting at $500 for a first offense and escalating to $2,500 for a fourth offense for such violations as neglect and abuse of animals.

• Prohibits tethering animals “for a period of time or in a location so as to create an unhealthy situation for the animal or a potentially dangerous situation for a pedestrian . . .”

In other business, the council:

• Promoted Lloyd Wisdom to city utilities supervisor.

• Learned of confirmation of a 25-minute fireworks show for June 11, the evening of Tonganoxie Days. City Administrator Mike Yanez said the city was still accepting donations to help with the $2,500 cost of the show.

• Approved the Tonganoxie Tidal Waves’ use of the pool for three swim meets the first three Fridays of June and an after-season party. Janet Falk, coach of the Tidal Waves, said the team would practice and compete at times that wouldn’t conflict with the pool’s schedule.

• Approved a $91,190 contract with American Marking and Paving to provide 2 inch overlays from Sixth and River streets to Eighth to Yoeke streets; from Seventh and River streets to Seventh and Yoeke streets and, from Eighth and River streets to Eighth and East streets. The contractor will also mill and overlay on Eight Street from Pleasant to River streets, on Sixth Street from River to Pleasants streets and on River Street from Sixth to Eighth streets.

• Scheduled a special meeting on the 2012 budget for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

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