Bedford City Council Approves Animal Control Ordinance

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford City Council approved amending the animal control ordinance.

Here is a look at the ordinance:

A public nuisance animal shall mean and include the following that:

  1. Is repeatedly found at large
  2. Damages property of anyone other than the owner
  3. A declared a potentially dangerous or dangerous animal
  4. Attacks without provocation
  5. Excessively makes disturbing noises, including but not limited to, continued repeated howling, barking, whining, or other utterances causing unreasonable disturbance or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept.
  6. Creates unsanitary conditions or offensive and objectionable odors in enclosures or surroundings and thereby creates an unreasonable disturbance to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept;
  7. is not kept conformity with city zoning ordinance; or
  8. Molests passers-by or passing vehicles.

B) Any such public nuisance animal may be impounded and/or owner charged for a violation of this chapter.

In other business:

  • Approved resolution 7 and 8 2020 for reimbursement of Cares Act funds for public safety. The city was reimbursed for public safety funds that were used in March and half of April payroll costs. The city received a total of $430,983.00 that paid for payroll expenses and approximately $37,000. The city council then approved those funds be moved from the CARES Act line item and moved to the general fund. There is no decision yet to where the city will earmark the funds as Mayor Sam Craig encouraged city council members to be thinking of what other uses that money can be used for.
  • Approved Adam Chastain and Craig Turpen to be appointed to the Bedford Plan Commission to fill two vacancies.
  • Phase III of the OCRA COVID-19 Relief Fund is underway. The city council members were asked to be considering what kind of guidelines and procedures will be put in place for the next round of grant funding. The grant can be used for small businesses or food pantries; however, Mayor Craig was informed our local food pantry is doing quite well at this time and probably would not qualify.
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