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Thayer considering kennel licenses

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thayer residents with more than two dogs must apply for a kennel license through the Board of Aldermen, according to city ordinances.
Thayer aldermen heard from two residents Sept. 13 seeking kennel licenses for their homes. One was approved, the other is being studied.

Connie Maclin asked for a kennel license to cover six dogs at her home on North Ninth Street. The board tabled Maclin's request to "check into the situation further."

Later in the meeting, the board approved a request by Jennifer Joy for a kennel license at her home. Joy has three dogs, and asked for the license, so she can take in a dog her father can no longer care for.

The board unanimously approved the request, pending Joy's submission of required paperwork.

Thayer's animal ordinance states that no one may keep more than two dogs over the age of two months without a kennel license. Dog owners also must buy a permit annually of $1 each for male or spayed female dogs and $3 for females not spayed.

Those wishing to keep more than two dogs must file an application with the Board of Aldermen. The application must include a petition signed in agreement by at least two-thirds of resident property owners, within a 250-foot radius of where the dogs will be kept.

"Applications not accompanied by such petition shall be granted only by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to the Board of Aldermen," the ordinance states.

The kennel license must be renewed annually for a fee of $15, plus the regular dog licensing fees. Commercial kennels will pay an annual fee of $50, but no dog license is required for each dog.

The number of dogs to be kept in any licensed kennel cannot be more than 15 at any time.

All licensed kennels shall be inspected by the Health Department at least once every three months. If the kennel is found not to comply with city ordinances or constitutes a nuisance, the Board of Aldermen may revoke or suspend the license.

In other business

* The board heard from resident Norman Trimble, who asked the city to move a sewer line that runs under an addition to his Seventh Street house. The board unanimously approved Trimble's request.

* The board approved six of seven requests for wastewater treatment supplies totaling $5,181. The board agreed to get more information before approving a request for a SCADS proposal for the department.

* The board approved purchases of $800 for tax statement printing, $300 for fire department monthly expenses, $1,303 for the water department, $185 for fire hose and $771 for electric department supplies.

* After returning from 14 minutes in closed session, the board unanimously approved pay raises of 50 cents per hour for Randy Cowen with the street department, and Daryl Childers with the police department. Both have completed 90 days of probation. The board also unanimously approved raises of $1 per hour each for City Clerk Donna Martin, Street Commissioner Brian Blankenship and Water Department Supervisor John Blivins.

* The board approved making a final offer to the Bank of Salem for a parcel of land next to the police station.

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I think this is taking the dog ownership to a whole new level. I can only say I don't run a kennel but I will not pay for registration for my dog's. I don't recall there being a vote put forth to the people of the city to approve this railroading.

-- Posted by Basser on Mon, Oct 3, 2011, at 10:26 AM

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