February 17, 2020

Dog leash ordinance debated in St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — Business was dispensed in record time for a special town meeting in St. Albans Tuesday night.

According to Town Clerk Stacey Desrosiers, a total of 19 people turned out to complete business in less than 30 minutes. Items on the warrant were tabled or omitted from the annual town meeting a month ago.

An appropriation to fund the building and equipment account flew through without debate, Desrosiers said. The money, $19,500, was included in the 1997 budget, but an article to designate it was omitted from the warrant.

The only issue that stirred debate was an animal control ordinance tabled from the annual meeting. The revised ordinance would allow the town to charge fines for repeat offenders and for failure to place a collar and tags on their dogs. Owners of dogs caught running at large will receive a warning for the first violation, a $25 fine for a second offense and a fine of $35 for the third offense. In addition, dogs caught running at large without a collar or tags will cost the owner a $5 fine. The fines will be levied in addition to any boarding or veterinary costs for the animals.

The controversial ordinance was approved in a 13 to 5 vote.

Voters also approved additional funding from surplus to pay for on-going renovations at the town hall. An additional $10,000 will not only pay for new roofing, but also for refurbishing the interior of the hall.

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