Mayor: Animal complaints continue
by Rachel Davis
Mar 14, 2014 | 2358 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — The city of Dora approved a new animal ordinance late last year that would provide a method for the city to enforce a leash law and control strays running loose. The ordinance requires their pets to have vaccinations required by state law and to be confined to the owner’s yard or home, unless on a leash. Mayor Randy Stephens said Tuesday he had hoped that would encourage residents to confine their pets, but the number of animal complaints to the council has continued to rise.

The complaints range from pets tearing up trash to threatening or attacking people or animals. Stephens said the city is now beginning to enforce the ordinance strictly to ensure the safety of residents and their pets.

Two dogs who were said to be threatening people at the city park were picked up Tuesday night by Dora animal control officer Larry Kilgore. Pictures of the two black lab mixes will be placed in city hall, in other locations around the city and on the city’s Facebook and website. As with any pickup, the owner has seven days to contact the city and claim the dogs or they will be taken to BJC Animal Control in Birmingham to be placed for adoption or euthanized.

In other business, the council:

•agreed to have an engineer draw up specs for repairing or replacing the roof on the old armory building. The council will then begin taking bids on the project.

•approved the request of Rising Star Baptist Church to use the city park for an early morning service on Easter Sunday. The church invites the community to the service and will serve breakfast following the service.

•approved a request from Ashly Swann to hold a 5K and fun run on the walking track on April 14. The event will benefit a local child who is undergoing expensive medical treatment.

•agreed to talk with the city of Sumiton about possibly assisting with brush pickup in the city. The council also wants to look into long-term options for the city to deal with the ongoing brush issue.

•agreed to allow city clerk Marcy Brown to apply for two grants that would help put a decorative sign welcoming people to the city and another than would give the city trees to plant as part of a beautification project. There would be no cost to the city for either project.

•heard from Stephens that the city hall building and various other buildings in town had been inspected by the insurance company and qualified for new roofs because of storm damage sustained in storms over the last few years.

•heard the first mention of a new alcohol license application from TJ’s store in Burnwell. The store has changed ownership since the first license was issued.