07/14/13 — Animal ordinance changes on City Council agenda

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Animal ordinance changes on City Council agenda

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on July 14, 2013 1:50 AM


At the Goldsboro City Council meeting Monday the Council is expected to take action on a proposed amendment to the Goldsboro city ordinances referring to animals.

The proposed changes would prohibit the feeding of feral animals unless they were involved in a trap-neuter-return program, change the wording from the "dogs running at large " clause to "animals running at large" and outline what activities would be defined under the public nuisance section added to the ordinance.

The measure was tabled at the June 17 meeting due to a heavy agenda of public hearings and will come up for discussion Monday.

Other items up for a vote include the non-contiguous annexation of a property located on Ditchbank Road as well as rezoning the property to approve a more tightly compacted subdivision than would be approved in the county which the land currently is zoned under.

If approved the 24-acre tract would be serviced by city trash, water and sewer.

The Council will discuss the plans for the new W.A. Foster Recreation Center and the next phase of Streetscape during the work session beginning at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Addition.

At the 7 p.m. meeting in the council chambers the Council will vote whether to accept a bid by T.A. Loving Company to purchase and install a bar screen to filter out large debris from the wastewater entering the Big Cherry Pump Station.

The bid from T.A. Loving came in at $174,775, the only lower bid from A.C. Schultes of Carolina was found to not meet the specifications outlined in the bid request so it was dismissed.

A public hearing will be held about a request by George Denning to open a boarding house on the South side of Edgerton Street between Jefferson Avenue and Madison Avenue.

The property is zoned R-9, which allows boarding houses, but a conditional use permit is required as well as a host of other stipulations including fire code requirements and proximity of the resident manager to the property.

The codes for boarding houses also limit the number of residents who may stay in one area and minimum sleeping quarters sizes.

The donation of 211 Shaw Court to Habitat for Humanity by the city will also be discussed during the work session.