Menlo Wants Help With Loose Dog Problems PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 September 2017 13:42
Staff Writer
The Menlo Town Council wants Chattooga County Animal Control to help with its loose dog problem but doesn’t want to pay much for the service.
The council voted in July to quit paying $4,200 for Animal Control services. Council members used the savings to pay increased costs of insurance for the town’s volunteer firefighters.
Some council members now believe that decision was seen by some residents as giving them free rein to let their dogs run loose in the town. 
Last week there were published reports of an aggressive bulldog harassing town residents.
At their meeting on Tuesday, council members voted unanimously to pay Animal Control on a “per visit” basis. They did this without having any agreement with county officials to provide the service.
“We’ll need to talk to them about this,” said Mayor Theresa Canada.
County Commissioner Jason Winters on Wednesday told The News that it was unlikely the county would provide the service as requested by Menlo.
“I’ll be glad to talk to them but we have to keep in mind the cost to us of the service and the fact that other municipalities are helping to pay for the service,” he said.
Currently Summerville and Lyerly pay the county for 24-hour service. 
“If there’s a dog bite or a vicious dog loose they can call us any time day or night and we will respond,” said Winters. “Menlo needs something like that.”
Winters said that being paid on per call basis “probably doesn’t make sense for us.” 
“If that’s what Menlo wants, they may want to contact a private individual who does nuisance trapping,” he said. 
Council rejected the idea of seeking Tree City USA status. 
Councilman Chuck Powell made the motion to do away with the proposal and was supported by council members Virginia Welch, John Van Horn and Carol Mitchell. Councilwoman Patty Settoon abstained.
Tree City USA is a nationwide program which encourages municipalities to preserve and plant trees on government property. The program has been adopted by all three of the other municipalities in Chattooga County.
In other business:
* Council voted to cancel the municipal election scheduled for Nov. 7 because no one qualified to run against the three incumbents in open positions.
* Council voted to have both town security guards on duty on Halloween.
* Mayor Canada scheduled a 6:30 p.m. work session before the council’s normal 7 p.m. meeting in October so members could discuss Tillotson Grant options. 

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