An­i­mal con­trol changes on coun­cil agenda

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Ben­ton City Coun­cil will con­sider an or­di­nance on Mon­day which will out­line changes to the an­i­mal con­trol reg­u­la­tions.

Sev­eral changes to the reg­u­la­tions have been un­der dis­cus­sion in com­mit­tee meet­ings and pub­lic venues since April. Ben­ton An­i­mal Con­trol Man­ager Terry Par­sons has been seek­ing to out­law the chain­ing of dogs within the city lim­its for sev­eral years. If the or­di­nance is passed, the prac­tice will be banned.

“It’s some­thing we’ve been work­ing on for about five years now,” Par­sons said. “We had a pub­lic hear­ing about chain­ing the dogs and we got unan­i­mous sup­port.”

Par­sons said he also re­ceived nu­mer­ous phone calls and emails from peo­ple voic­ing their sup­port for the mea­sure.

The new guide­line would ban the teth­er­ing of dogs to sta­tion­ary ob­jects with chains or other means. The only ac­cept­able teth­er­ing will be with a clothes­line or trolley type sys­tem.

Other changes in­clude new guide­lines re­quir­ing birds that are kept in cap­tiv­ity out­side to be housed 50 feet away from a home or busi­ness.

The breed­ing of snakes will also be regulated if the or­di­nance is passed. Res­i­dents who live in the city and are breed­ing snakes as a busi­ness will be re­quired to pur­chase a home oc­cu­pa­tion per­mit along with a priv­i­lege li­cense. The num­ber of snakes a res­i­dent can own will not be re­stricted.

Ben­ton Mayor Tom Farmer will also present a Quilt of Valor to Bobby Lee Cas­sady, Stan­ley Garver, Gary Hun­ni­cutt, Bill Larue, Terry Ni­chols, Arthur Frank My­ers, Ge­orge Morgan, Al­bert Ray, Mickey Shafer, Roy Sund­man and Olin Weaver. Other items on the agenda in­clude:

• A res­o­lu­tion declar­ing cer­tain property as sur­plus and au­tho­riz­ing the ex­change of property for their re­place­ments for the Ben­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing pay­ment for pro­fes­sional ser­vices to the city.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the pur­chase of dump truck equip­ment for the Ben­ton Street De­part­ment.

• An or­di­nance levy­ing a tax on all real and per­sonal property in the city of Ben­ton for the fire­man’s pen­sion and re­lief fund.

• A res­o­lu­tion con­firm­ing the ap­point­ment of Carl West as a Com­mis­sioner to the Ben­ton Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion.

• A res­o­lu­tion con­firm­ing the ap­point­ment of Bax­ter Dren­non as a Com­mis­sioner to the Ben­ton Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion.

• An or­di­nance re­zon­ing land from R2 to C2.

• An or­di­nance re­zon­ing land from R2 to R7.

• An or­di­nance an­nex­ing property in ward 5.

• An or­di­nance waiv­ing con­struc­tion fees re­lated to the con­struc­tion of the Everett Ford Deal­er­ship.

• An or­di­nance waiv­ing con­struc­tion fees re­lated to the con­struc­tion of the Palace The­atre.

• A res­o­lu­tion ex­press­ing the will­ing­ness of the city to use fed­eral-aid funds for the con­struc­tion of side­walks at New­comb Road.

• An or­di­nance adopt­ing stormwa­ter dis­charge reg­u­la­tions for the city of Ben­ton.

• An or­di­nance amend­ing or­di­nance 45 re­gard­ing lan­guage in the stormwa­ter and drainage man­ual.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing im­prove­ments at Hol­land and Tyn­dall Parks.

• A res­o­lu­tion ac­cept­ing the low­est ac­cept­able bid for the in­stal­la­tion of play­ground equip­ment at Ralph Bunche Park.

• An or­di­nance amend­ing 2019 rental rates for Parks and Recre­ation.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the an agree­ment be­tween the Ben­ton School Dis­trict and the city for the op­er­a­tion of the Ben­ton High School ten­nis team at Tyn­dall Park.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the an agree­ment be­tween the Ben­ton School Dis­trict and the city for the op­er­a­tion of the Ben­ton High School swim team at River­side Park.

• An or­di­nance waiv­ing com­pet­i­tive bid­ding and au­tho­riz­ing the pur­chase of equip­ment Ben­ton Util­i­ties Waste­water Col­lec­tion De­part­ment.

• An or­di­nance waiv­ing com­pet­i­tive bid­ding and au­tho­riz­ing the pur­chase of one clar­i­fier drive assem­bly and ad­di­tional parts for the Ben­ton Util­i­ties Waste­water Col­lec­tion De­part­ment.

• An or­di­nance waiv­ing com­pet­i­tive bid­ding and au­tho­riz­ing the pur­chase of ad­di­tional equip­ment for the Ben­ton Util­i­ties Waste­water Col­lec­tion De­part­ment.

The pre-coun­cil agenda meet­ing will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. with the city coun­cil meet­ing be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The meet­ing will be held at the Ben­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex, lo­cated at 114 S. East St.

All meet­ings are open to the pub­lic and at­ten­dance is en­cour­aged.

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