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Harmony Council discusses violation

Thursday, May 3, 2012

At Tuesday's meeting, the Harmony Town Council discussed a house in violation of the animal code, as the problem persists in Brazil and the surrounding area.

According to Council President Janice Gooch, surrounding homeowners of the house, located at 10066 Hickory St., have complained various times about the amount of cats the owner has.

"I have had call, after call, after call, from that woman that lives south of (10066 Hickory St.,) and I don't blame her," Gooch said. "She said there's not a thing about her house that doesn't smell like cat (waste) and she is so sick and tired of it ... I don't know what we're going to do, but she's going to have to get rid of her (loose) cats."

Town Attorney Eric Somheil said the town ordinances have specific language about animals being nuisances, which he and the council agreed is the case in this situation.

Somheil said the first course of action is to send the homeowner a citation. However, he said the owner never signs for certified mail so the letter is sent back as undeliverable. According to Somheil, the next step is to publish it in The Brazil Times once the letter comes back in approximately a month.

"So maybe by next month we'll be ready to assess the fines," Somheil said.

Gooch also commented on the state of the yard, saying it is "terrible," because the grass has become very tall.

Somheil said when he is able, the homeowner will be cited for tall grass and the cat problem.

Meanwhile, the council also approved for the walkway, track and parking lot in Harmony Park to be sealed.

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