Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pit Bull ordinance tabled- Decorah,IA,

Castalia's proposed Pit Bull ordinance has been muzzled - at least for now.

After hearing objections, the Castalia City Council Monday night tabled an ordinance which would have banned Pit Bulls and regulated the ownership of those dogs located within the city before the adoption of the ordinance.

The ordinance was proposed after a Pit Bull was observed running at large in the city.

The dog's owner, Jarrod Haug, told the Council his dog happened to get loose that day and it has never harmed anyone, according to City Clerk Chris Bodensteiner.

He also said he's owned the dog since it was six weeks old. Haug told the Council it shouldn't single out one breed of dog, since any animal can turn viscious.

Haug rents his house from Susan Haberkorn, who also told the Council she was opposed to the ordinance.

Bodensteiner said the Council did not receive any comments in favor of the ordinance, but did receive a letter from the American Humane Society that dispelled several Pit Bull myths.

After about a 20-minute discussion, the Council voted unanimously to table the ordinance. Council members voting were Dennis Wilkins, Joe Moellers and Larry Brockway. Council members Wayne Corlett and Jamie Smith were absent.

Currently no cities within Winneshiek County have Pit Bull ordinances and few Iowa cities have adopted them.

In other matters Monday, the Council scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. on the proposed fiscal 2010 budget. The March meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

There will be no change in the tax rate, which is currently $8.10 per $1,000 of taxable value.

The Council also approved a $20 per month raise for the city clerk, who has not had a raise since 2002. In addition, the Council approved a $50 donation for Postville High School's post prom activities.

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