WALKER - The Board of Aldermen agreed to put to a vote a newly proposed ordinance defining and setting up control laws for keeping “dangerous and vicious dogs.”
According to the proposal accepted Monday by the board and headed for a public hearing and final vote July 13, Mayor’s Court would determine what is a dangerous and vicious dog.
The proposed ordinance states that any dog that, when unprovoked, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the dog’s owner will be determined to be “dangerous and vicious.”
Further, the ordinance states any dog that, when unprovoked has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury or otherwise caused injury to a domestic animal off the owner’s property, the dog also shall be determined to be dangerous.
The measure, among other things, calls for fines and additional punishments if the owner of the dog determined to be a danger to the community allows the animal to stray from his or her property.
Other topics the aldermen handled during their meeting included:
NEW FORCE MAIN: The board unanimously agreed to award a $667,893 contract for a new force main to serve a large area of the city.
Walker was cited by environmental authorities several years ago for deficiencies in the town’s sewer and storm water delivery systems and agreed at that time to upgrade the facilities as funds became available.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: Mayor Bobby Font urged all residents of the area to join in Walker’s Independence Day celebration, which will be held on July 2.
The celebration, planned for Sidney Hutchinson Park, will begin at 3 p.m. and will conclude with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Font said that a highlight of the gala will be tethered hot air balloon rides for children, along with inflatables, water slides and other attractions such as food and beverages.
LIGHTING PROBLEMS: Walker resident Chance Ballard complained to aldermen that excessively bright lights at a shopping center in his neighborhood create problems for residents.
The town administration agreed to work with Entergy Inc. and owners of the shopping center to see if the lighting capacity could be either reduced or redirected and the problems resolved.