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City of DuBois amends animal ordinance
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois City Council continues to discuss an ordinance regulating animals after a first reading at last night's council meeting proposed a ban on Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and a change in where animals may be kept in confined quarters.
Council bill No. 1885 amends the city's code of ordinances to remove Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as an exception to DuBois' prohibition against keeping pigs, hogs, or swine within city limits. Solicitor Toni Cherry said current Vietnamese pot-bellied pig owners would not be grandfathered in. If their pigs are judged to be a nuisance, the ordinance provides for their removal.
The section of the city's prior ordinance stipulating where animals may be kept in confined quarters proved to be too restrictive, Cherry said. The amended ordinance provides large animals shall be confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 10 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or property line. Small animals shall be confined in quarters no closer than 5 feet.
The prior distances were 100 feet and 25 feet; a problem for residents whose lots measure 50 feet, Cherry said. Large animals are defined by the ordinance as any wild or domestic animals of the bovine, equine, sheep, porcine or reptile family, Cherry said. Small animals are any wild or domestic animals such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse or Chinchilla, and any wild or domestic fowl such as a chicken, turkey, goose, duck or pigeon.
The city's current ordinance states the owner of any such pet that's kept in a dwelling is required to follow the city's procedures and practices as to the number of them that are allowed there. Pet owners are required to ensure their pet is not creating a public nuisance or threatening the health of others, Cherry said.
Council also approved a second reading of council bill No. 1884. The bill amends the city's code of ordinances to add that parking shall be prohibited on both sides of Daly Street and Locust Street on Tuesday mornings between the hours of 7-11 a.m.
DuBois Planning Commission's recommendation to proceed with the lot consolidation on 107 and 109 S. Main St. contingent on acquiring the surveyor and owner's signature was approved. Planning Commission Chairwoman Nancy Moore said the property owner plans to consolidate lots in order to build a garage.
In other business, Councilwoman Diane Bernardo said the Department of Public Welfare plans to close the Village View independent living facility. Village View is part of the DuBois Continuum of Care, a large employer.
"These places with 80 or 90-year-olds are not the places to be going after the fat," said Bernardo. "The DPW knows nothing about running a nursing home."
Angel's Perch, a movie produced by DuBois' J.T. Arbogast will be shown at Carmike Cinema 5 on June 25 at 7:30 p.m., Councilman Ed Walsh said. The movie was inspired by Arbogast's personal experience with his grandmother's Alzheimer's disease.
Suplizio asked council to consider where dogs would be allowed once the next phase of Beaver Meadow Walkway is completed. Residents have requested that dogs be walked on the dirt trail on the right side of Sandy Lick Creek once the trail loop is complete, he said.
A black bear has been spotted in the Coke Hill area, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been contacted, Suplizio said. Residents should be mindful of where they place their garbage and bird feeders, he said.
An executive session was held after the meeting.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is June 24 at 7 p.m. at the city building. A work session is slated for June 20 at 4 p.m.
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