Orangeville addresses animal issues
Resolution R2007 was discussed and adopted by the Orangeville City Council on March 8. This resolution deals with pets and the fees and charges to be assessed by the court for animal control violations.
In the event that an Orangeville resident is deemed to be in violation in regards to their pets, and a citation is issued, this ordinance will be used by the judge to determine the fines to be charged. Most cities in Emery County have prepared such an ordinance for the judge to use when the residents come before the court.
This ordinance calls for a $50 fine for any animal that is unlicensed with a $25 reduction with proof of license. If an animal has a license that is not displayed on the animal, the fine will be $25, and if the same animal is cited again, the subsequent fine will be $50.
The fine for not having animals vaccinated is $50 and will be reduced to $25 if the animal is vaccinated between citation and court appearance. If an animal is vaccinated but does not have the tag displayed, the fine will be $25.
For harboring a stray dog the fine is $40. For an animal running at large, the fine is $50 for the first offense. For each subsequent offense the fine will raise $25 with a maximum of $100. The fines for a nuisance animal (excessive barking, etc.) are the same as for an animal running at large.
The fine for inhumane care of an animal is $50, and if your animal is deemed to be a vicious animal, the fine is $100. The maximum fine of $100 will be charged if a person interferes with the animal control officer. All violations not listed in this ordinance will be charged as class B misdemeanors and will be fined the maximum amount of $100.
Animal control officer for Orangeville, Casey Toomer, investigated what other cities use as their fine scales and put this together for the city of Orangeville. This will be the first fine scale the city has adopted for animal control purposes.
In other business by Orangeville City, Councilman Jeff Tuttle opened bids for the sidewalk projects that the city is doing. These projects are in addition to the projects that will be completed by the Castle Valley Special Service District.
As the two bids that were received were opened and read, B. Hansen was the low bidder and that company was awarded the bid. The sidewalks to be completed during this project are from the new fire station south to corner, the south side of 300 South, an approach on 100 East, a sidewalk on the east side of 200 East, a sidewalk on the east side of 200 West, sinkhole repair on 300 South, pot hole repair on 100 East, and an overshot on 200 North.
Ruanne Leeflang, city recorder, presented a plan to reduce the city's insurance expense. At the present time the city is insured through Allstate. The policy covers all the city property such as building and equipment. The premiums were $11,000 last year and will raise to $12,000 when they are due at the end of March. If the city goes with the Utah Local Government Trust, the premiums will be $4,000 per year, but the enrollment period does not open until July. The council approved to remain with Allstate until the enrollment period opens with ULGT.
The next Orangeville City Council meeting will be April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the city hall building.