Keep Fido and Fluffy at home during festival time.
The Common Council of the City of Brazil, in conjunction with the Brazil Parks Board, passed an ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting prohibiting pets and animals inside a festival area at the parks during its operating hours.
"This is not to punish people, but to protect the patrons of festivals at city parks," Parks Board Vice President Ruthann Jeffries said. "There are some dogs out there that are bigger than the young children."
Council Member Sam Glover made the suggestion to have the ordinance apply only during the set festival hours to allow residents who like taking their pets to the park time to still do so.
"There are people who like to walk with their pets in the park in the mornings and they shouldn't have that opportunity taken away, even when one of the festivals are going on," he said.
The ordinance does, however, specify certain animals allowed to be inside the perimeter of festivals.
Animals allowed inside festivals are limited to those for:
* Search and Rescue,
* K-9/horse officers, and
* Animals involved in festival-sanctioned attractions, events or rides, such as pet shows.
The ordinance specifies that it is in effect during the Popcorn Festival, Christmas in the Park and Rotary 4th of July Celebration, but the Parks Board is allowed, subject to the Mayor's approval, to designate other times to enforce the ordinance.
In other business the council:
* Tabled the second reading of the sign ordinance because additional items still need to be added, and
* Discussed placing a fee on the application to receive a burn permit. Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said some residents are applying for multiple permits per week and not using them under the terms of the burn ordinance. The council was unable to come to a unanimous decision for what the charge should be so Smith, Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison and City Attorney Bob Pell will meet at a separate time to discuss the fee and potential amendments to the current burn ordinance.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall.