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Milton city commission dismisses dog ordinance

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Proposal off table in favor of county ordinance

By Dave Taylor

Milton city officials agreed Thursday, April 14, to dismiss the item from future discussion. The commission determined the proposal unnecessary after city attorney Genon Hensley informed them that a county ordinance is already in place.

“I have a copy of the county’s ordinance, and theirs says basically what ours says – plus a few more things,” Hensley said. “The county has passed an ordinance that is pretty comprehensive. Unless we’re going to strengthen it or add to it there really isn’t much reason to keep going” with the discussion.

Mayor Denny Jackson agreed, stating that the county’s ordinance “has more bite” and is sufficient. “I don’t see the need to duplicate what the county’s doing.”

“The county ordinance has always covered everything that we’ve always tried to implement here,” Constable Tom Persell said. “What we’re waiting on now is to get the dog pound going and see what’s going to happen there, so we’ll know what direction we’re going to go.”

The Kentucky Humane Society in January informed Trimble and Henry counties that, effective June 30, they would not be renewing contracts to provide dog control, sheltering, adoption, euthanasia or disposal services.

The two county governments have formed a partnership to build a shelter facility, staff the facility and hire animal control officers.

In other business, Jackson signed an executive order granting permission for Trimble County Emergency Management Service to place an emergency siren on a city water tower at the Milton sewage treatment plant.

The commissioners approved the action by a voice vote. The order also grants an easement over the city-owned property to enable emergency personnel to access the siren for repairs or maintenance.

The commissioners voted to place signs prohibiting street parking on Agin Way and Hillwood Drive in Milton, at the recommendation of Constable Persell. He said he has received complaints that people have been parking on the street, “and it’s hard to get around them with school buses.”

Commissioner Tom Mahoney asked if emergency vehicles could negotiate the streets if vehicles were parked there.

Any vehicle parked on the street “would hinder emergency equipment,” Persell said.