MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring City Council discussed and reviewed the pet ordinance in the city at their Nov. 3 city council meeting. When water bills are sent out in April, May and June, city residents are reminded on their bill that their animals have to be licensed and have their rabies shots.
Mayor Jean Pace told the council many people in the city are not doing so. "We have especially bad problems with unwanted cats. Most abandoned dogs we can find homes for but no one seems to want a cat," she said.
Contrary to rumors, Pace said there was no heated argument at the council meeting about the cat situation. A secretary in her office said a city resident had called the office on three different occasions complaining that many stray cats were in her yard and under her feet and she was afraid she was going to fall because of them.
The person feeding and watering the cats, there were eight of them, is a neighbor to the lady that called city hall.
"I was out of town when the cat incident occurred. The cats were illegal and they had no collars on," Pace said. She said city employees did do away with the cats but she did not know how. The mayor said when there is a skunk problem in the city the skunks are drowned. There was nothing illegal done," she said.
"The city has purchased a large cage for illegal cats found in the city limits. It is located close to where the city keeps unwanted dogs. We, along with the lady who was feeding the cats, are going to try to adopt these cats out in the future," Pace said.
The council made no other decision toward the problem. "We are just looking at other options regarding the cat situation," she said.
Pace handed out copies of the 2009 budget to council members at the Nov. 3 city council meeting.
Pace said the deadline in Arkansas to get the budgets handed out is Dec. 1. She said there was a 10 percent increase in nearly every department because of cost increases including materials, fuel and electricity. She said the budget will be adopted at the January city council meeting.
The council discussed and approved borrowing $75,000 from First National Banking Company to go toward the new firetruck the city is purchasing. The city has already appropriated $5,000 toward the truck. "I have applied for a $30,000 grant from Rural Development and am expecting that grant to come through. If that should be the case, we would only have to borrow $45,000," the mayor said.
Pace told the council two city employees have gone to waste water treatment school, Steven White and Cameron Kent. Each employee in the city that deals with the waste water treatment plant has to have 18 hours of training each year.