June 17, 2015 Edition

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Hoxie citizens cry out against
proposed pit bull ban

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Over a dozen Hoxie citizens attended the June 9 city council meeting to speak out against a breed-specific dog ban. During the May meeting, aldermen authorized a draft of a new city animal ordinance, which will include a section on vicious dogs with a possible ban on pit bull terriers and related breeds.

While those who spoke out said they had no issues with a vicious dog ordinance, they did make cases for why a breed specific ban was unjust.

Citizen Dale Johnson said a pit bull can be as calm and loving as any other breed if it's brought up right. "I think it is all in how they are trained and raised."

Tammi Davis, who rescues animals, said she has labs and pit bulls who wouldn't hurt a fly and a Chihuahua that will bite every ankle it sees.

Alderman Rickey Mayland said he agrees that any breed can be vicious and bite, but he urged citizens to be patient until a draft is approved before judging it.

The city attorney was reviewing the draft at the time of the meeting. Once the draft has been approved, it will undergo the standard three readings required to pass. Mayor Lanny Tinker said this gives all citizens time to voice their concerns.

Also at the meeting, the council discussed how to handle property maintenance after recent storms caused tree damage, leaving downed limbs across the city. Typically, the city would only offer limb pickup during citywide cleanups, but city workers did assist by cleaning up green limbs taken down by the storm.

Aldermen discussed when and for what reasons it would be appropriate for the city to collect limbs, but no clear answer was presented. Alderman Tim Taylor said he didn't want to rush a decision and the council agreed to table the matter.

In other business:

the purchase of the former Save-A-Lot property has been delayed until July, Tinker announced. The city has agreed to give a 30-day extension to allow the buyer time to enter an agreement with Save-A-Lot to house a new store there. If the presentation is not accepted, the city will look into other options with the building.

Tinker said interviews for a new full-time fireman have been conducted and a selection will be made soon.

the council approved the transfer of $25,000 to the water fund, to be paid back as revenue is available.

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