Coun­cil Ad­dresses Animal Com­plaint

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Con­nie Le­tourneau took the Goodman City Coun­cil to task on Tues­day night, ask­ing coun­cil mem­bers to ei­ther fully en­force the cur­rent animal con­trol or­di­nance or throw it out.

The Goodman neigh­bor also asked for City Clerk Karla McNor­ton’s res­ig­na­tion. Le­tourneau said she called the city to ask it to pick

up a stray cat and that McNor­ton pur­port­edly told her that city of­fi­cials would pick up the cat, then re­lease it else­where.

Le­tourneau, whose anger was ex­plo­sive at times, said that was against the law and called for McNor­ton’s res­ig­na­tion.

She also told city coun­cil mem­bers that she didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate a coun­cil mem­ber’s wife com­ing to visit her at her house and in­trud­ing in her busi­ness. Le­tourneau said the visi­tor told her the city coun­cil had been try­ing to help her with a sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing an in­di­vid­ual with a re­strain­ing or­der.

Le­tourneau said Char­lott John­son asked her what she would do if the in­di­vid­ual steps foot in her house.

“I’ll tell you what I told her, ‘I’ll kill him,’” Le­tourneau told those present at the meet­ing.

City Al­der­man Ron John­son said he was con­cerned about the re­strain­ing or­der be­ing en­forced. He said he had con­ducted some re­search, spo­ken with Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney Bill Dobbs and dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion with his wife. He said they were sim­ply try­ing to help.

Char­lott John­son said she was mo­ti­vated to go to Le­tourneau’s house be­cause she was in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion 10 years ago and thought her visit would be por­trayed as car­ing and help­ful.

Le­tourneau said po­lice of­fi­cers have been to her house 33 times in the past month and that she feels the of­fi­cers are do­ing their job. She said oth­ers who are pok­ing in her busi­ness are only get­ting a small pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion and said she is “re­ally close to hav­ing it re­solved.”

Other busi­ness fol­lowed but be­fore the dis­cus­sion con­cluded, Le­tourneau asked again what ac­tion the city coun­cil was tak­ing re­gard­ing the animal con­trol or­di­nance. Le­tourneau has spo­ken about dogs and cats run­ning loose in Goodman at least two other times in re­cent months.

Mayor Greg Richmond said he and the coun­cil would look into the animal con­trol is­sue. He also ex­pressed con­cern about Le­tourneau’s be­hav­ior and ob­vi­ous anger at the city coun­cil, say­ing that it wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior to yell at mem­bers.

He also men­tioned that an­i­mals run­ning loose didn’t seem to be that big of a prob­lem un­til Le­tourneau moved into town. Le­tourneau left the meet­ing be­fore it con­cluded.

In other busi­ness, the city coun­cil:

Agreed to quick deed some land to the Neosho R-5 School District. School of­fi­cials said they had pulled rail­road records to dis­cover the owner of the land on which the for­mer Goodman El­e­men­tary School was lo­cated, and the lo­ca­tion of the new school be­ing built. The build­ing con­trac­tor could not de­ter­mine the owner of the land, though it’s been oc­cu­pied for many years by the school district. When it can’t be de­ter­mined and no one claims the land, the par­cel de­faults to the city. The coun­cil voted to have city at­tor­ney Duane Cooper draw up pa­per­work, once school of­fi­cials pro­vide a le­gal de­scrip­tion of the land. Richmond then will sign the pa­per­work to quick deed the land.

Ap­proved a wage in­crease of 50 cents per hour for of­fi­cer Joe David, retroac­tive to Aug. 16.

Voted on its sec­ond read­ing to set the 2018 tax levy at 0.6861 per $100 val­u­a­tion on real es­tate and per­sonal prop­erty.

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