Animal control changes on council agenda
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.