Lake City Council approves animal control ordinance

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lake City Council approved Ordinance No. 265-13, which amends Ordinance No. 253-13, which amends Ordinance No. 135, providing for the keeping of certain animals and the prohibition of keeping pit bulls; providing for an appeal process and providing for a penalty for any violation.

The Ordinance was approved after the second and third readings by title only and the emergency clause adopted. The amended clause states only banned specific breeds of dogs which were being kept within the city limits of the City of Lake City prior to the adoption of Ordinance No. 253-11, dated Sept. 26, 2011, shall be allowed to be grandfathered into the city of Lake City, under the Grandfather clause.

In addition, proof of insurance in the amount of at least $100,000 insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted on another by his specific banned breed of animal must be kept current and on file in the clerk's office at City Hall. If insurance is allowed to lapse by one day, the animal must be removed from residence and city limits and grandfather clause will be null and void. All other provisions of Ordinance No 253-11 shall remain in full force.

Aldermen present were Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins, Jeffery Wisham, Danny Dunigan and Brenda Hutcheson. Also present was City Clerk Linda Simpson.

City Clerk Linda Simpson then read Resolution 2013-2-18, authorizing Mayor Jon Milligan to apply for a safe route to school grant from the Arkansas Highway Department. The motion was approved and accepted by all members present.

Council members reviewed and accepted the financial statement for the period of Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012.

Mayor Milligan asked the council to review the present personal reimbursement mileage rates. Rates are currently set at 42 cents per mile. The federal and state rate for personal mileage rates is 55.5 cents per mile.

Alderman Barker made a motion to raise the reimbursement mileage rate to match the federal and state rates. The motion was approved unanimously.

Mayor Milligan announced upcoming events including the Easter Egg Hunt on at 1 p.m. March 16; March 18, Arbor Day; March 23, 5K Run for Autism; March 31, Easter Sunday.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6:30 pm. Monday, March 25, at city hall.

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