According to City Solicitor Brent Saunders, current city code does not ban pit bulls, though it defines them as being vicious dogs. Under current state law, pit bulls do not have to be registered, but they are supposed to be kept properly confined, owners are supposed to purchase a $100,000 liability policy, and they are supposed to be muzzled and contained to a lease when being taken for a walk.
The incident in January occurred inside a dwelling, which is considered to be adequate confinement under state law.
With the enactment of this legislation, city residents that already own pit bulls will be required to get rid of them, though a timeline for removal has not yet been set. If a person is caught with a pit bull inside the city limits it would probably result in a first degree misdemeanor, Saunders said, though more detailed legislation is to be prepared for the next city commission meeting on Feb. 17.
In other action, commissioners passed the second reading of an ordinance to set appropriations for current expenses during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2009 as follows:
• Total General Fund — $3,441,100.
• Total Special Revenue Funds — $1,376,634.
• Total Capital Projects Funds — $1,238,849.
• Total Debt Service Fund — $348,683.
• Total Water Fund — $1,633,832.
• Total WPC Fund — $1,433,396.
• Total Enterprise Funds — $3,597,482.
• Total Fiduciary Funds — $8,021.
• Total All Funds — $10,010,773.
Commissioners held a public hearing during the Jan. 20 meeting, at which time no concerns were voiced regarding the tentative 2009 budget prepared by the city manager.
With the passage of this ordinance, the city auditor is authorized to draw payments for any warrants of the said appropriations upon receipt of proper vouchers. Furthermore, appropriations for contingencies can only be made with approval of a three-fifths vote by the city commission for items of expenses constituting a legal obligation or for a purpose other than what is covered by the aforementioned appropriations, according to the ordinance.
Commissioners passed the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the city auditor to transfer the following funds:
• $97,000 from General to Cemeteries.
• $20,000 from General to M&R Streets.
• $29,000 from General to Shade Tree.
• $60,000 from General to Swimming Pool.
• $6,500 from General to VOCA Grant.
• $20,000 from General to Bandstand Preservation.
• $30,000 from General to New Municipal Building.
• $114,675 from General to Debt Service (National City Lease Purchase).
• $8,939 from General to Debt Service (Vehicle BAN).
• $31,498 from General to Debt Service (Davis Hall).
• $953 from General to OCJS Grant.
• $7,000 from General to Rinky Dink Basketball.
• $10,000 from General to Baseball/Softball.
• $49,936 from M&R Streets to OPWC Paving.
• $142,104 from Fire Levy to Debt Service.
• $51,465 from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to Debt Service.
• $76,000 from TIF to Phase II Farm Road.
• $30,000 from TIF to Farm Road Hike & Bike Trail.
• $50,000 from Water to Water Replacement and Improvement.
• $50,000 from WPC to WPC Replacement & Improvement.
• $5,421 from Unclaimed Monies to General.
The following advances were also authorized with the passage of this ordinance:
• $14,000 from General to OCJS Grant.
• $76,190 from General to Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
• $5,000 from Fire Levy (2007 Advance) to General.
• $3,600 from ODOD Planning (2007 Advance) to General.
• $76,190 from Assistance to Firefighters Grant to General.
• $12,000 from Community Corrections Act to Court Capital Improvement.
• $14,000 from OCJS Grant to General.
Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance to enter into agreement with CompManagement, Inc., a Sedgewick CMS Company (CMI) out of Dublin, for consultation and administrative services regarding city workers’ compensation matters.
According to the ordinance, CompManagement will act as representation for the city with respect to its workers’ compensation program for a one-year period from Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010.