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Council conducts session for animal ordinance

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Brazil City Council members (from left) Tyler Hutcheson, Dustin Jorgensen and Ann Bradshaw, along with Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham at Monday's special City Council meeting. [Order this photo]
The Brazil City Council conducted a workshop concerning the proposed animal ordinance Monday night, which immediately followed a special meeting for the first reading of two ordinances.

The council brainstormed with those in attendance, in an attempt to get the proposed ordinance into working order.

The proposed changes to the ordinance are:

* Registration and name tags for pets will be optional -- but encouraged -- and will be offered at no cost. The city will also allow owners who already have name tags to use their own, but are still "encouraged to be registered with the city." Instead of applications having to be renewed annually, it will be a one-time process, but if contact information changes or the animal dies, owners are encouraged to update the information,

* Penalties were increased from $50 to $100 for the first offense and $100 to $250 for the second offense. The penalty for every offense thereafter will stay at $500. The council decided to allow first-time offenders, who are registered with the city, one free pass for each animal, and

* In the section regarding kennel and cattery permits, the verbiage concerning boarding kennels being prohibited was changed to reflect the restriction of breeding kennels only.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said the rationale behind making registration optional was to see what kind of reaction it gets.

Wyndham said he believes the majority of people -- like himself -- will want to get their animals back if they get loose and if they're registered, it will be easier to identify the animals.

Councilman Brad Deal's stance concerning the fees, as they are currently stated in the ordinance on the books, are too low to prosecute and collect via court -- even for repeat offenders -- because it wouldn't be cost-effective.

Councilman Dustin Jorgensen said he felt raising the fees would be a good idea.

"Let's raise the fees ... then let's see what happens and see if that works," Jorgensen said. "Instead of changing everything all at once and then if it does work, we have no idea what part of it (worked), or if it doesn't work, we're still not sure what it was."

The council's plan is to have City Attorney Traci Lawson make the changes to the ordinance and vote on it again at its Sept. 19 meeting. Once the ordinance is passed, the council will see how it works with the changes for a year, then revisit it.

Meanwhile, the council heard the first reading on Ordinances Nos. 11-and-12-2012, regarding the raising of water and sewer rates.

The motions were made and seconded to accept both ordinances, and passed 4-0, with Councilman Sam Glover absent due to a family emergency. The council will meet again on Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., in City Hall, for a public hearing regarding the ordinances and the second reading, which will allow the ordinances to be passed, pending the vote.

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That's just what people on a fixed income need...a higher water bill!!

-- Posted by Tala on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 7:56 PM

where does all this money go to and how will it be spent????

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 11:15 PM

While I agree that the pet population is overbearing, I really think there are bigger problems in the city that need fixing above the pet problem.

-- Posted by sixfoottown on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:42 AM

I agree with sixfoottown. This city needs more important things solved. How about fixing our horrible streets!

-- Posted by Tala on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 5:00 PM

i can not belive we still have gravel roads in the city. i know i live on one.

-- Posted by msnow on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 6:32 PM

I assume the penalties are for loose pet, since it's not specifically stated. Evidently it's not for registration, since that's optional, and I didn't see anything about vaccinations. So an optionally registered pit bull with no rabies vaccination gets loose and its owner gets a free pass? That's a pet ordinance?

Buried at the bottom was mention of raising the water and sewer rates. How much? Who knows?

I do tire of trying to decipher what passes for writing in the Times nowadays. I miss the old Brazil Times, when it read like news instead of a Twitter feed.

-- Posted by CaptBrent on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 9:35 AM

Pit bulls are not inherently agressive - they suffer at the hands of irresponsible owners (like Michael Vick) drawn to the dog's macho image who encourage agression for fighting and protection.

"Petey" from The Little Rascals was a pit bull. Pit bulls aren't any more problematic than any other breed BY NATURE - if raised properly and socialized (treated) right.

No, I don't own one, but I respect the breed. I'm a dachshund hound lover personally.

ON POINT: I loved how the Council tried to slip the increase in water/sewer rates in this article. (eye roll)

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 11:33 AM

BIG ARTICLE ON PETS, LOTS OF QUOTES, BIG TYPE (ohandyoursewerandwaterratesaregoingup). :) Prize-winning journalism.

-- Posted by CaptBrent on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 11:41 AM


Here is the link to the story explaining the increase in rates. There will be a public hearing at next month's meeting (Sept. 19), regarding the rate increase ordinances and they will be voted on again.

I apologize for the confusion and inconvenience.

Steven Penn

-- Posted by StevenPenn80 on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 2:12 PM

so,lets review.the city wants to tax pets owned by citizens of brazil,monitary benefit from pet owners.and yet,when there are festivals,the pets are prohibited.to me,thats wrong.its a double standard.ive had pets my entire life,one in particuler for home and personal protection,its either him or go get a firearm.now,sense pets are prohibited from the parks during festivals,that must includes the horses in the christmas in the park.horses are pets,no exceptions.but you can bet the city will turn a blind eye to that.i want to know which city or park employee is going to clean up the horse manure?anybody know?ill tell you who,NO ONE.i wont pay pet tax,call me,enforcement come knock on my door,dont have to answer either.what happens on my property is NO ONES BUSINESS but mine.when the horses are banned during festival operations,then i might consider.until then,AINT GOING TO HAPPEN.my property is posted no tresspassing,and that is exactly what it means.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 7:20 PM

They said fees are going towards an ACO= Animal Control officer and they need a law in Brazil city limits NO PITS . There are 4 pit bull breeders now in the City limits , why does a small town like Brazil need that many pit bull breeders.

-- Posted by oknow on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 5:48 PM

Why does ANY town need pit bull breeders?

-- Posted by My Dime on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 4:32 AM

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