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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City defends record on animal control; control officer resigns

  • At Monday’s City Commission Meeting, Mayor Tom Brown responded to criticism of the city’s animal control services by providing statistics from Oct. 1, 2012 through Aug. 20, 2013.
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  • At Monday’s City Commission Meeting, Mayor Tom Brown responded to criticism of the city’s animal control services by providing statistics from Oct. 1, 2012 through Aug. 20, 2013.
    Out of 203 reports of dogs running at large, 34 were cited, 55 were impounded, 71 were returned to the owner with a warning, and 42 couldn’t be followed up as the dog reported could not be found.
    Out of dog bite cases, 12 were referred to Animal Control, with two of these occurring in the owners’ yards and one occurring at a veterinarian’s office.
    There were five vicious dog cases, two of which had been through the court with a recent case still pending.
    There were four cases of dog versus dog attacks, and the district court had two cruelty to animals cases pending.
    Brown also was quick to point out, while he feels that Animal Control does an adequate job, the ultimate responsibility for these animals lies with their owners.
    The city accepted the resignation of current Animal Control Officer Ryan Moore.
    “This type of rhetoric can really get to people,” Brown said.
    In other business, the city approved changing the date of the next regularly scheduled city commission meeting to Sept. 3 in recognition of Labor Day.
    The city also approved:
    - A street closure requisition brought by Ann Engel of Main Street McPherson for the Burning Down Main event on Oct 5.
    - The purchasing of two new 24 foot ladders for the Fire Department for $1,325.
    - A request to purchase mosquito control chemicals not exceeding $5,000 and a request to purchase three tons of grass seed and fertilizer for the golf course with cost not to exceed $8,000.
    - A Street Department request to re-stock its supply of sign post material for cost not to exceed $3,000.
    - Renewing the city’s AutoCAD license with DLT Solutions for a cost not to exceed $2,000.
    - A request to have MKC spray herbicide on the city’s fields due to severe infestations of various weeds for a cost not exceeding $3,500.
    - A request to purchase a spare motor pump for waste water removal at a cost of $6,547.
    - An ordinance officially naming the road that connects Avenue A with the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant Treatment Plant Road.
    - An ordinance bringing parking ticket fines in line with state statutes as a $10 fine.

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