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Brinson considers animal ordinance

At Brinson’s Monday night city council meeting, member discussed an animal control ordinance for the town.

“I have received several calls about wild and untamed dogs,” Mayor James Earp said.

In an effort to minimize and control the problem, Town Attorney Paul Fryer presented the city council with a new dog control ordinance to be up for consideration.

The new ordinance states:

If a dog is seen with no current vaccination tag, being a public nuisance or viewed as potentially dangerous or dangerous, the dog can be taken into custody and owner will receive a warning.

After a dog has been taken into custody, a public notice will be issued to the people of Brinson. If the owner cannot be determined and animal remains unclaimed for three days, it will be euthanized. If the dog owner is identified, that person will receive a notice from the city to correct the violation or charges will be issued.

The council decided to hold off on voting on the ordinance for now.

“But, if the dog problem continues, we will bring about to council to vote on this ordinance,” said Earp.

Frank Sherrill, president of Hightower Engineering, also spoke at the meeting on behalf of a loan received by Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) to help fund the construction of a new town well. Following is a review of the Special Conditions the City of Brinson must follow in order to receive the loan:

 The City of Brinson will designate a total of $150,000 in SPLOST funds for the Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund, until such time as the GEFA loan is paid in full or until GEFA no longer requires this. A signed resolution must be submitted to GEFA prior to contract execution.

 The City of Brinson will restrict a minimum of $16,000 in a separate bank account for the purpose of satisfying or guarantying the GEFA debt, to be in place until such time as the GEFA loan is paid in full or GEFA reduces the amount or no longer requires it. This account is to be fully funded no later than Oct. 31, 2009. A signed resolution must be submitted to GEFA prior to contract execution.

 The Town of Brinson will increase utilities rates to generate $20,000 in additional annual revenues to be implemented no later than Sept. 30, 2009. A resolution must be submitted to GEFA prior to contract execution.

Because of a deadline on signing the agreement was approaching, the matter had to be voted on before meeting adjourned.

The council voted 3-1 to sign off on loan conditions to secure the money in case it is needed.

City Clerk Sherri Bowers also announced that the town’s water tank cleaning project has been approved.

“We are waiting for the company of utility services to schedule a date,” said Bowers.