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Barlow swears in Johansen as councilman

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(Barlow City Council March 2014)

Barlow swears in Johansen as councilman

Barlow - Terry Johansen took the oath of office as Barlow’s newest councilman following the resignation of Virgil Mullins. Mayor John Wood led Johansen in being sworn in to fill the vacant council seat left my Mullins when he resigned due to health issues in late January.

Following a Town Hall meeting held on February 25th, the council discussed a proposed amendment to the city’s animal ordinance to include mandating that cats need to either wear collars with identification or have a microchip. Although it was the intention of the council to have the first reading of the amended ordinance at the recent meeting, Mayor Wood said he wanted to postpone it until City Attorney Dan Thomas could review it. The main issue involves the amount of days a cat would be lodged before it would be euthanized if it were not claimed.

Other issues pertaining to the proposed amended ordinance have not been reviewed for change. The identification requirement stayed the same, as did the removal of pet waste by the pet owner while the pet is out in a public place.

As of the date of the meeting, Mayor Wood said Animal Control Officer James Campbell had reported that he had trapped six cats. Mayor Wood also reported that a woman had called Coffee Memorial Animal Clinic to claim two of the cats that had been trapped, but she did not go to City Hall to pay the boarding fee, nor did she pick up the cats.

In other business, Mayor Wood updated the council about the Clearwell project, since City Supervisor Tim Walker was not at the meeting as he was attending a training session. Wood said the Clearwell needed to be drained in order to de-chlorinate the water in an effort to produce samples to send to the state for evaluation. Wood also indicated that Walker needed to address record-keeping procedures.

Fire Chief Tom Whitis said the Fire Department had responded to two calls in February; one call was at the elementary school, but the department could not find a fire when they arrived at the school. The other call was to a house fire in Wickliffe.

The council also discussed the city’s property cleanup ordinance. Mayor Wood will meet with former city attorney Glenn Denton to go over the ordinance he had written while in service to the city of Barlow. The city is in the process of making a list of the top 5 properties targeted for cleanup.

Additionally at the meeting, the council approved the purchase of a mower and set August 2nd as a day the city has set aside to hold a citywide event.

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