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Council expands powers under animal ordinance
by Gary Kent
Jul 29, 2012 | 762 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — City Council members voted Tuesday to toughen up the city’s animal ordinance to make it easier to deal with vicious animals.

Councilman John Fulghum made motions to expand the number of city officials who could order that a vicious animal be removed from the city limits, assigned to an appropriate animal care facility or euthanized in the event an animal is deemed to be vicious.

The amended ordinance will allow the municipal judge to issue such orders, along with the chief or police, or anyone designated by either of them for such purposes.

The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Libby Spires. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten joined the two council members in voting to approve the changes in the ordinance.

Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez and Councilman David Carabajal were not at the meeting.

Also, the council approved paying invoices totaling $89,900 to SPA Skateparks of Austin for work completed on the skate park at Flournoy Park.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said the payments will be withheld until the final inspection of the facility has been completed.

A soft opening for that facility is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The council also approved the payment of a $12,564.59 invoice to AG/CM for work completed in managing park improvements for the city.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Pay a $360,397.82 bill from Amstar General Contractors for work completed on park improvements and an $18,484.62 bill for work on completing football facilities at Veterans Memorial Park.

— Approve a 50 percent reduction on a city lien for the owner of property at 1301 N. Ave B.

— Authorize the return of $131,400 to the Texas Department of Transportation. The money had been awarded to the city in the form of a grant for work to be completed at the Beeville Municipal Airport, but it was not spent.
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