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Supervisors yet to set date for future animal law hearing

October 1, 2011

By CARL SMITH
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

Oktibbeha County Supervisors say the public input on a possible animal ordinance was greatly appreciated, but they are not expected to make any decisions on the ordinance during tomorrow’s regular board meeting.
Supervisors will meet Monday at 10 a.m., and the most they will do with the ordinance is possibly schedule a second public hearing, said board President Marvell Howard.
The board unveiled its first draft of the potential ordinance — which defined vicious dogs, set vaccination requirements and delegated enforcement to the sheriff’s department — mid-September. Some members of the public asked the board to consider a countywide leash law during the hearing, but supervisors said the issue at hand would be considered and dealt with first.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said public responses about the proposed ordinance have been mostly positive.
“We have to get some kind of basic instruction in place in the county,” he said. “The main thing making owners responsible (for their animals) and putting it on the books.”
The board will hear a presentation from Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman in regard to a possible memorandum of understanding between the city, county, university and local economic groups.
Wiseman said the city is taking the lead on applying for a grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development which could help the area around MSU match the university’s master plan. In order to apply for the grant, a show of commitment is needed from all of the groups.
“One of the things that community leaders that met with the campus master planning team showed great interest in having was a framework for all of the land and assets around the university — an area that would be in harmony with the campus master plan. Some of those areas are in the city, while others are in the unincorporated part of the county,” Wiseman said. “It can touch infrastructure, planning, transportation and future planning, but it’s a means of working across jurisdictional lines to make sure we maximize the opportunities for Starkville and Oktibbeha County.”
Also the board is scheduled to hear from Phillip Griffin, but Starkville Public Library Director Ginny Holtcamp said his presentation might be postponed due to a scheduling conflict. County Administrator Don Posey said Griffin was to speak to the board and thank them for funding.
In other business, the board will also hear presentations from the county road manager and engineer, and a personnel matter from Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis.

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