Hartselle considers cracking down on barking dogsPublished 12:04pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Hartselle City Council is considering whether to restrict barking dogs within the city limits.
At a work session Monday, Mayor Don Hall asked the council to direct City Attorney Larry Madison to draft revisions to the animal ordinance to include noisy dogs.
“About a year ago, we were asked by a family about doing something to limit barking dogs within the city limits,” Hall said. “They came back and visited me once again last week and I think it’s something that we should look at.”
Hall presented the council with a portion of Vestavia Hills’ animal ordinance, which gives a procedure for reporting noisy dogs. After a first complaint is filed, a warning is issued either verbally or by mail.
The second complaint within a 90-day period would result in mediation between the two parties. The third and subsequent complaints would result in a misdemeanor offense.
The council was planning to discuss the issue with Madison during a regular meeting Tuesday night.
In other business, the council:
• discussed renaming a portion of Old Byrd Road to avoid confusion with addressing for Hartselle Utilities.
• discussed annexing and zoning five acres of land on Nanceford Road.
• discussed accepting the low bid from Schaefer Systems for 549 roll-out refuse containers at a cost of $28,712.70.
• considered approving contracts with the Morgan County Commission for airport and library funding.