Warsaw Enacts New Dog Laws

Homer May
County Reporter
 Under new business Monday evening, Warsaw’s City Board adopted an ordinance which amends and expands the City’s laws relating to dogs, as follows: “No person keeping, harboring or owning a domestic dog shall allow such a dog to run at large off the premises of the owner. All dogs must be kept on a leash or voice command and under control of some competent person if such dog is not on the owner’s property.” Further, “In all City Parks and public use areas, all dog owners at all times shall keep all dogs on a leash no longer than six feet in length.”  City Administrator Randy Pogue explained these new regulations follow several complaints of dog bites received by persons on walking trails, adding that these restrictions protect the City from liability issues. He noted that property under control of the Corps of Engineers is subject to Corps restrictions.
 The meeting opened at 6 PM April 2, with Alderpersons Lou Breshears, Adam Howe, Eric Masoner, Eric Flores, Terry Marshall Sr., Dave Williams present. Mayor Eddie Simons presided; City Clerk Jessica Kendall recorded. First business conducted by the group was to approve the evening’s agenda and minutes of a previous meeting, then authorize payment of bills presented. There was no old business.
 Also under new business, the group approved an “ordinance accepting and approving the minor re-plat of lots 16-17 Vineyard Woods II within the City,” consolidating two lots to build one structure. City Administrator Pogue then discussed an initiative which could involve up to a $3 million grant for expansion of rural broadband into the City. He indicated the City should take steps in the near future which could put “backbone” into a future application for such a grant. A discussion followed about the BBQs at Lay Park, some of which City Clerk Kendall noted were “falling apart, and should be fixed or removed” The group decided to fix them. And in a late matter, the Board received a draft of new Park Board bylaws. They will be discussed at a future meeting.
City Clerk Kendall furnished a paper about an April 17 event which will explore this area’s “Trail Opportunities.” That paper noted the gathering will take place at the Assembly of God Church, 300 N. County Line Rd., Windsor (3-8 PM, food provided), where participants will explore trail tourism demand, connect the opportunity dots, and launch a local action plan. The event will be hosted by Henry County Economic Development Council, organized by New Growth/West Central MO Community Development Corp., in partnership with KBRPC. Interested parties are invited to learn more and RSVP with New Growth MO on Facebook.
The group went into closed session about 6:15 PM. The open sessions are usually held on 1st and 3rd Monday evenings; visitors are welcome.