Revised Kenton ordinance takes aim at vicious dogs
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:55 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Vicious dogs in Kenton are the target of a new city ordinance that was approved Tuesday night on the first of three readings.
The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 2011-2.
The city ordinance was originally put into place in 2005, but is being revised to target vicious dogs, and specifically pit bulls, rotweillers and mixes of the two breeds.
Members of the board have voiced concerns at recent meetings that problems with vicious dogs in the city are growing more serious.
“We’ve got to do something about these dogs,” Mayor Virginia Davidson said Tuesday night.
“They’re getting worse every day,” council member Delores Agee said about the vicious dog problem in the city.
Once the ordinance is approved on its third and final reading, it will provide residents of Kenton with more protection because they can to report vicious dogs to the Kenton Police Department.
Also during Tuesday night’s near hour-long meeting, the board was given a thorough update on work being done to park facilities in the town.
City parks and recreation commissioner Faye Sharp read from an extensive list of work being done to the Youth Center building, to the city’s Community Center and to the City Park. She told the board work at the Youth Center’s kitchen is nearly complete and she advised board members about flooding problems along the walking track in the City Park.
Work that still has to be done to the Community Center includes painting the interior walls of the building and installing tile flooring.
Mrs. Sharp unsuccessfully tried to convince the board to remove dilapidated bleachers in the Community Center, saying, “They’re in bad shape.”
“It’s just impossible to clean under those bleachers,” she said.
She tried to convince other board members to remove some of the bleachers from the building and instead set up chairs and tables. Other board members weren’t convinced, though, saying they were opposed to removing the bleachers from a building that was designed and is being used as a gym.
Only Mrs. Sharp and Ms. Agee voted to remove the bleachers from the center. Voting against the motion to remove the bleachers were board members Tim Johns, Angie Choate, Wade Simpson and Sarah Skinner.
“And now I want some answers,” Mrs. Sharp stated after the vote, referring to how to deal with cleaning and repairing the bleacher area in the Community Center.
She said work on the Community Center’s roof should be done soon and she finished up her report by opening up a brief discussion about how to remove overhead heating units and ductwork in the Community Center.
Along with all the reports from board members, the looming threat of flooding in Kenton was discussed briefly by the board.
Calhoun Street resident Thomas Conley brought to the board’s attention recent water drainage problems he is experiencing along his street. Johns replied to Conley that once the floodwaters recede the roadside ditch will be cleared out.
“We’ve had a rough week … but things are looking up now,” Mrs. Davidson said, referring to flooding in town.
Johns reported Tuesday night that representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to be in Kenton in the next few weeks.
In other action Tuesday night, the board:
• Approved the third and final reading of an ordinance that prohibits trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds from using College Street, from Main to Poplar streets. The ordinance is designed to protect the streets in downtown Kenton.
• Briefly discussed the city’s weather warning system and also discussed the need to start working on a new city budget.
• Received a report from Mrs. Choate, who serves as the board’s police commissioner, that the Kenton Police Department responded to 61 calls last month, completed 20 police reports and wrote 19 traffic tickets. She said progress is being made on acquiring new shotguns for the department.
“I’ll know more next month,” she said about plans to purchase four new shotguns.
Tuesday night’s meeting was opened in prayer by Mrs. Skinner.
Published in The Messenger 5.5.11