Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Council studies bite of ordinance

September 4, 2003

The meatiest topic for the regularly scheduled Basehor City Council meeting, Monday, Sept. 8, could be how much bite the City Council wants to take out of its vicious dog ordinance.

For the past few weeks and during various meetings and work sessions, the Council has discussed amending the ordinance, which would include banning such breeds as pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf-hybirds. The amendment would grandfather-in residents owning those breeds before the new ordinance was approved.

On Monday night, the City Council is slated to review the measure and take action.

City attorney John Thompson amended a draft of the vicious dog ordinance to include stiffer penalties for dogs that attack people or animals and setting more stringent insurance policy requirements for people who own those animals.

A vicious dog is defined as "any dog which by virtue of its breeding, training, characteristics, behavior or other factors the owner or custodian knows or has reason to know has a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked," according to the amendment.

Pursuing the amendment comes as result of an incident in June 2002, in which two stray dogs, a pit bull and Rottweiler, attacked and killed a miniature show horse valued at $4,500 on Parallel Road in Basehor.

The City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Before the meeting, the City Council will host a work session, beginning at 6 p.m. During the meeting, City Council members will discuss creating a city administrator position.

Mark Tomb, League of Kansas Municipalities, will be at the meeting to answer questions.

The City Council is also scheduled to act on the following:

  • Approve or deny amendment to chapter 2, section 2-115, the Vicious Dogs of the Animal Control and Regulation ordinance.
  • Approve or deny authorizing hiring Nichols and Wolfe Chartered and Piper Jaffrey as financial advisors for the Pinehurst development benefit district.
  • Approve or deny a resolution authorizing the issuance of temporary notes for the Pinehurst development benefit district.
  • Approve or deny a request for vacation of alley between 155th Terrace and 156th Street.
  • Approve or deny creation and hire of planning/inspection personnel.
  • Approve or deny engineer cost to design north interceptor extension.

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