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City Council

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mayor Tom Arthur's veto of an ordinance restricting the parking of semi-trailers in Brazil held up Tuesday, as city council members declined to call for a vote to override the mayor's decision.

Arthur issued the veto March 17, citing language in Ordinance 6-2006 that threatened to "(affect) a lot more trailers than were initially proposed," he said. The council's continuing discussion of the proposed ordinance-- which passed March 14 by a 3-1 vote -- will continue, Arthur said.

"We'll present a new ordinance with some new language at the next meeting," Arthur said.

City Attorney Joe Trout said he had conducted further research and would present a revision of the vetoed ordinance with more specific requirements for a trailer's length, width and height.

The censure of Ordinance 6-2006 marks the first time Arthur has exercised his veto power during his tenure as mayor.

-The initial vote on a new animal control ordinance

Ordinance 12-2006, legislation which would restrict the locations of kennels and catteries in Brazil, cleared a near-nonexistent public hearing and passed on its first reading Tuesday.

The ordinance would prohibit the operation of a kennel or cattery in residentially-zoned areas, though it provides a grandfather clause for existing operations in residential areas. Ordinance 12-2006 also defines a difference between "altered" and "unaltered" animals, creating stiffer penalties for animals which have not been spayed or neutered.

A public hearing held before the vote ended when no audience members offered comment.

The final decision on the ordinance will be made after a second reading at the next council session.

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