Highlights from October 26th’s City Council meeting
EXCEPTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE VICIOUS/DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCE
While the Scribner’s vicious and dangerous dog ordinances still stand, it was suggested by the city’s lawyer to add Rottweiler to the list.
The first of three readings was read last night. A new Scribner resident, and owner of a dog on the list, questioned whether they could keep their dog of six years since they had secured a $100,000 liability insurance policy to cover any potential damages made by the dog.
An option was thrown out by the city’s lawyer that they could potentially keep their animal if the city council were to add to the ordinance that accepting a certain breed on the list could be on a case-by-case situation. This would mean each resident who owns a dog on the list would have to present to the council proof of a $100,000 liability insurance policy, proof they have a fence to genuinely hold the animal, an adult is always present with the animal outside the fence with the animal on a leash, etc.
The council still questioned this exception, keeping the public’s safety in mind. While they didn’t question this resident’s animal, they feared others who may abuse this exception. The resident respectfully understood.
For the next two city council meetings, there will be a reading each month before the approval is voted on, stating no exceptions to the ordinances.
The public is encourage to come and voice their opinions in the next two meetings, whether for or against any exceptions.
The current vicious dog ordinance bans these breeds:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Bandogge Mastiff
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Any dog that has the appearance and predominant characteristics of any of the above-listed breeds.
It has also been added to the ordinance that residents who go to license their pet each year with the city cannot have “mixed” under the BREED section of the Veterinarian’s proof of rabies shots. The predominant breed must be stated.
The garbage rates were increased 1.6%, about $.34, due to Waste Connections raising the city’s rate.
DOWNTOWN STREET CLOSURE FOR HOLIDAYS
Scribner’s Chamber of Commerce requested to have Main Street blocked off October 31st and November 28th for the Halloween Shenanigans and Christmas Parade.