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Commissioner steps down; cat ordinance addressed

Barlow - During the recent meeting of the Barlow City Council, the commissioners discussed the resignation of Virgil Mullins due to health issues and an addition to the city’s dog ordinance to include cats.

The council is considering candidates to fill the vacancy left on the commission by Mullins. The council will approve the new candidate at the March meeting.

As a result of a complaint about a resident in Barlow having thirty cats, Mayor John Wood introduced a Draft Ordinance for cats. He said he had talked to Dr. Greg Rogers at Coffee Animal Clinic, who said he wants to be sure that people who own cats know what’s going on. He was not comfortable with putting down a cat that has been trapped and brought to him when it could be someone’s cat.

Wood said Rogers suggested that there should be a way to identify a cat. For cat owners who did not want to put a collar on their cats, Rogers offered an alternative that included having the cat get a chip. This would help Animal Control Officer James Campbell identify the animal since he carries a scanner.   Wood further stated that Rogers does not put down any animal unless it has first been scanned.

Currently, Ch. 115 of the city’s dog ordinance states that anyone with over 3 dogs must have a kennel license. Wood wants to add cats to the ordinance. “If we notify the people and they understand that this is how we are going to control the strays in our town. That they have to have a collar on or have a chip, and if they are off the your premises and cause a problem with a neighbor, then they can be trapped and taken to the clinic,” said Wood.

Of the ordinance, Wood said, “This thing puts the onus on the owner.”

In addition to adding cats to the current ordinance, Wood wants to add in a stipulation regarding animal waste.

Wood called for a Town Hall meeting to be held on February 25th at 6:00, so residents may come to voice their opinions about the issues stemming from the Draft Ordinance.

In an update on the Clear-well project. Mayor John Wood said a change order for completion of repairs of last months pipe damage due to rain and freezing temperatures. Work will continue as temperatures get higher and the area thaws.

Regarding the city’s plan to install a water line to a new house on Jim Ireland Road, City Maintenance Supervisor Tim Walker said the engineer had contacted him saying surveying would begin once the cold weather breaks. The plan is to run approximately 1,700 feet of 6-inch line and install a fire hydrant.

In reference to last month’s discussion of the Fiber Optics survey conducted in Barlow by Ballard Rural telephone, Mayor Wood said the individual responsible for doing the survey apologized for not contacting city hall before starting his survey. He said he had been delayed by having been called to an issue at another location. Wood said he felt comfortable after the conversation.

Mayor Wood discussed what had been at issue during executive session following last month’s meeting of the city commissioners. The topic was the possibility of having a fire station at 3rd Street and Farmer. After coming out of Executive Session, the commissioners voted to allow Mayor Wood to negotiate for the property.

Concerning property clean-up, Mayor Wood told the council that he and Tim Walker would be meeting with Glenn Denton. The original meeting had to be rescheduled due to weather conditions.

Fire Chief and Fire Commissioner Peggy Meriedeth discussed the need to put together a training schedule; weather has been a factor.

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