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How many dogs are enough?

MP resident thinks there should be a limit
Oct 12, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Offering a preview of the next Mt. Pleasant City Council’s Committee meeting, Mayor Steve Brimhall said that dogs, or how many dogs to allow a city resident to own would be on the agenda.

During a council meeting two weeks ago, Brimhall said the city council wants feedback on the question of how many dogs are acceptable.

The council has received limited feedback, and Brimhall said the council needs more input from residents. Residents wanting to weigh in on the issue can call city hall (319-385-1470) or contact a council member.

Joyce Gueldenhaar, who lives in Ashford Park, wrote the council, relating there is a problem with dogs where she lives.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t have problems with folks walking or running dogs here and over in the (Prairie View) park. Some days folks come here with four dogs and some with three dogs running at large,” Gueldenhaar began.

She says dogs on leashes are just as bad as the dog owner stands on the sidewalk while the dogs go right under Gueldenhaar’s sunroom windows to relieve themselves.

“Of all the dogs that run in our area, there are only two who are well-trained dogs,” she continued. “…I would hope homeowners should be only allowed one dog per household. …I love dogs, but enough is enough around here.”

Council members had a light agenda Wednesday for their regular meeting. Jim Burden received a one-year lease to farm 75 acres of city-owned farm ground near the airport. Burden had the top bid of three bidders at $210 per acre. Remaining bids were $185 and $151.25, respectively, per acre.

The third reading was passed and ordinance adopted establishing no parking on East Clay Street at its intersection with South Harrison Street. Parking will be prohibited on the north side of East Clay Street. City staff said cars are parking up to the corner, blocking the view at the intersection of cars traveling south.

A second reading was approved on a proposed ordinance establishing a four-way stop intersection at East Mill and North Main streets, which is near Harlan Elementary School. “This is a safety issue,” Brimhall said.

Mt. Pleasant Police Lieutenant Lyle Murray said the department is receiving a rash of calls dealing with credit card fraud. “We are averaging over one call a day, and it takes four to five hours to investigate each one,” Murray noted.

Brimhall signed a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Mt. Pleasant. Several events are planned in Mt. Pleasant during October to raise awareness of domestic violence, Kristal Yotter of the area Domestic Violence chapter told the council. She also shared some facts and figures on domestic violence with the council.

In final action, the council:

• Approved the appointment of Kevin Elmore to the active firefighter roster from the reserve firefighter unit.

• Jim Warner of Warner Engineering stated that an asphalt overlay will be placed on Courtland Avenue this week and the street should be open for travel sometime next week.

Council members meet next in regular session Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m., in City Hall.

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