Florence Council tables decision on cat, dog fees

Deliberation on new ordinances continued at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Florence City Council.

Changes to animal licensing ordinances increasing fees for dogs and instituting fees for cats were tabled until the next meeting.

Although unpopular with some present, the new cat-licensing ordinance is believed to be a deterrent to “catteries” and help cut the number of strays. The increased fees were also said to be below fees in nearby towns.

Ordinance No. 773 regarding noise, loitering and vagrancy, and Ordinance No. 774 incorporating prior changes to cemetery ordinances, were approved following deliberation and official readings at prior meetings.

In other business, the council:

— will have City Attorney Marilyn Wilder review the minutes of the Nov. 11 special meeting before their approval.

— will pay the $150 fee for Florence PRIDE leader Sue Klassen to attend a leadership class.

— heard how city workers will deal with holidays observed by the city that don’t coincide with holidays at the refuse transfer station.

— tabled the issue of providing cell phones to the police department and to city superintendent Ken Hoffman.

— heard that Hoffman will contact U.S. Filter regarding warranty service needed for the city water-filtration system.

— heard Officer Erik King’s message of thanks to people for their donations to needy families during the holiday drive.

— approved liquor license for C&W Liquor.

— approved amusement license for the Junction Saloon.

— heard that an economic development town meeting is being planned for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 25, with location to be announced.

— gave Glen Carroll permission to replace a worn-out culvert bordering his property.

— adjourned the meeting with a 15-minute executive session for personnel-related matters with no action following.

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