Animal Control Issue Regarding Banned Breeds Dominates Council Meeting

Nov 21st, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

Mayor Mike Robertson told council members Monday night that he was concerned with the current ordinance concerning banned breed dogs in the city. Those banned breeds are Pit Bulls and others in that category of terriers. The city attorney, Barrett Rodgers, said that perhaps the city should combine the banned breeds and vicious dog categories.  The gist of the changes may be - when they come to the council table at the December meeting - that whenever one of those dogs gets picked up by the city, it will not be able to be adopted and may be euthanized. The city attorney is working on the changes for the ordinance which will be presented at the Dec. council meeting.

In other action, the council heard from a local owner of a mobile home park who complained that the city was not picking up stray dogs on their property due to it being located next to the county line. After asking the city attorney for his advice on the matter, the mayor said that they will pick up dogs when they stray from the county onto city property when the city is called.

Mayor Mike Robertson commended McAfee Construction Co. for the great job they did painting and repairing the City Hall. “They billed us for $19,278.55,” stated the mayor, “and that is $10,000 to $20,000 lower than other contractors we contacted outside the city. This shows how important it is to do business within the city when possible.”    McAfee was also donating 10% of that back to the city to be used as the city wishes.

In other discussion, the mayor wanted the citizens to know that there is a recycling program available here in Beebe. “We have  been offering curbside recycling since 1993,” stated Mayor Mike Robertson. “We want the citizens to know that all they have to do is call us and get a recycling container and start recycling glass, plastic, and paper. The recyclables are picked up on the first and third Mondays of each month.”  Just call city hall to let them know you need a recycling receptacle - 882-6295.