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August 20, 2013

Public speaks to animal issues

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Neibert said the ordinance has been reviewed by Martin Boykin of Jefferson County Animal Control, which works with the city in enforcing animal control ordinances. Neibert said Boykin approved of the ordinance and would be able to enforce it.

Resident Shirley Riley spoke to the council in support of the ordinance, giving her personal experience with neighboring dogs which she described as "aggressive and vicious."

She said the dogs are large and used as guard dogs by a neighbor, and lunge at a rickety, short fence bordering her property.

"When my 70-year-old husband tries to mow the yard, the dogs charge this rickety mess," Riley said of the fence. "No one should be afraid to mow their own yard or walk in their own yard."

The ordinance will be presented for a second reading at the next City Council meeting.

In other business, the council:

Approved a bid from Kenneth Hails Excavating, Inc., for $76,200 to demolish 10 dangerous and dilapidated structures;

Approved a bid of $44,650 from Trikote, LLC to paint the Times Square Mall Water Tower;

Approved a request to seek bids for a wayfinding program;

Approved an ordinance to amend the Industrial Park Conservation Area Tax Increment Finance District to allow for residential development;

Tabled a second reading on an ordinance defining what constitutes a kennel and the number of animals allowed on property;

Amended the number of liquor licenses available to allow for a package liquor store;

Approved a request to apply for an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant to expand a bike trail on Veterans Memorial Drive from 28th Street to 10th Street; and

Approved the appointment of Chris Mendenall to the Police Pension Board to replace Curt Mowrer.

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