Vicious dogs back on a agenda

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Spencer City Council will consider a more defined ordinance to deal with vicious dogs as part of its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday in council chambers.

But committee work suggests specific breeds won't be singled out in the ordinance language.

Some residents were concerned about language that specifically mentions the Staffordshire terrier breed, American pit-bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics, or being predominantly of those breeds.

"The Public Safety Committee met on this item on August 12, and determined that the ordinance should remain intact with the exception of removing any reference to a specific breed of dog," said Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen. "For the most part, the ordinance gives a detailed definition of a vicious animal. The ordinance also clarifies when an animal may be destroyed. The Public Safety Committee is recommending that the reference to breed specific dogs be removed from the proposed ordinance and that the third and final filing of the ordinance be adopted."

Another change that may come out of committee work calls for a "Historic Restoration Classification" in the section of city code addressing substandard buildings.

To be eligible for the "Historic Restoration Classification," an application would need to be submitted to the city clerk's office who in turn would forward it to a city building official for review. The building official would review the plan for compliance and discuss with the owner any deficiencies or need for clarifications.

The application would then be forwarded to the Historic Preservation Board for their review. The board would send its recommendation to the city council for consideration.

The council would set a deadline for the rehabilitation project, but the time table could not exceed three years.

In other possible action, The Spencer Municipal Golf Course Board received bids for the 2008 Golf Course Clubhouse Project. Six bids were received with Everly Construction being the lowest at $290,820. The proposal comes in about 3 percent less than the architects estimate of $300,000 and the golf course board is recommending approval.

Council members

also will consider:

* an $18,308 contract with H & S Roofing to re-roof the Spencer Communications Center;

* an agreement with the county for the West Beltway project;

* and an agreement with consulting firm for the Safe Routes to School program.

A Finance and Personnel Committee meeting will be held an hour before Monday night's council meeting.

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