Jefferson City councilman suggests splitting up animal-control bill
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday evening, the bill containing language pertaining to cats and dog may not be an all-or-nothing issue.
During Friday afternoon’s brown bag meeting — which was not actually a meeting because of the lack of quorum — 5th Ward Councilman Ron Medin indicated he would like to see the bill split up and voted on as separate parts.
The bill is made up of three distinct issues. The first portion of the bill limits the number of dogs and cats that can be kept at the same residence to six or fewer. After that, residents can apply for a license to house up to 20 animals.
The second portion of the bill would make it illegal to feed stray dogs and cats on public property, such as feral cats.
The final aspect of the bill would make it illegal to leave cats or dog in vehicles without air conditioning on days with temperatures above 90 degrees. It would also allow police and animal control officers to remove animals from such situations.
Medin said he believed it was appropriate because the three subjects were separate and distinct from each other.
“They would essentially become bills a, b and c,” city attorney Nathan Nickolaus said.
Also under council consideration Monday evening is a resolution that would fund the sidewalk repair program with 50 percent of the remaining sales tax funding available, which is close to $300,000. The city would pick up 100 percent of the cost through the program.
The resolution will not affect the legal issues pertaining to the current sidewalk ordinance, which would have been potentially altered by a bill that will be removed from the agenda during Monday’s meeting.