SF takes action to limit number of dogs in city

SF takes action to limit number of dogs in city

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 8:58 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
South Fulton city officials have approved action to limit the number of dogs which can be kept at any one residence.
The second and final reading of an ordinance to update a portion of the city’s animal control ordinance was approved by the South Fulton City Commission at its meeting Thursday evening.
The updated ordinance adds a line under the section prohibiting animals being kept in such a manner as to become a nuisance. The addition is, “Not more than five dogs shall be kept at any one residence.”
Commissioner Charles Moody said he has seen a lot of dogs roaming around town and has seen residences with as many as seven or eight dogs. South Fulton Mayor David Crocker said the addition to the ordinance limits the number of dogs per residence. It takes effect immediately.
In other action during Thursday evening’s meeting, which was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer led by Moody, the commission:
• Approved a resolution for five-year capital outlay notes for the purchase a 2011 Ford F-250 4×4 crew cab pickup truck for use as a fire department brush truck. The issuance, sale and payment of the tax-exempt interest-bearing capital outlay notes will not exceed $28,000, according to the resolution.
Crocker said the new vehicle will be picked up from Union City Ford as soon as all of the necessary paperwork is completed.
• Learned Crocker has met with the contracted engineering firm over closing out last year’s Community Development Block Grant for the city’s sewer rehabilitation project. He said $525,000 was budgeted as the cut-off for the first phase of the work and it came in $19,000 under budget at $506,000.
Crocker said the first grant will be closed out and the city will proceed with applying for grant funding for the next phase of the project.
• Was informed Crocker has met with representatives of a Missouri company about possibly contracting out the maintenance and day-to-day operation of the city’s water/wastewater plant. The mayor said a called meeting will be held in order for all commissioners to meet with representatives and hear their proposal.
• Learned advertising has been placed in several publications for the city manager’s position, left vacant by the December resignation of Jeff Vowell. The deadline for applications is Feb. 25 and Crocker, who is serving as interim city manager, said three have been received so far.
• Heard the city has received a letter from Jeff Campbell regarding his recent offer to help the city by personally paying up to $27,000 for up to nine dilapidated properties to be condemned and demolished. A representative from Inspection Solutions, a contracted building inspection company, will attend next month’s commission meeting.
City attorney Karl Ivey said there is a process involved in condemning property and it will be the city’s decision to determine which properties to declare condemned. Crocker said the building inspection company would report its findings to the commission, which would make the final decision.
• Reminded residents that vehicle city stickers are due by Monday and property taxes are due at the end of February.
Beer board request
Prior to Thursday’s regular commission meeting, the city’s beer board — comprised of all of South Fulton’s city commissioners — convened to hear a request from Lenny Hohlbein for a permit for the sale of beer both on and off premises for Reed Brother’s.
Crocker said the business currently has a permit to sell beer on premises and the new request is for a permit to include the sale of packaged beer.
Vice Mayor Keith Curlin said he has concerns about patrons drinking beer at the establishment and then also purchasing it to take with them when they leave. Crocker agreed and said it is not a good combination to sell beer both on-site and to-go.
The request died for lack of a motion by any of the commissioners.
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Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 1.28.11

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