WALKER — A new city ordinance requires residents whose dogs are deemed “dangerous and vicious” to take precautions to keep their pets confined or face fines and possible criminal action.

The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the animal-control ordinance Monday.

The ordinance addresses a problem the city has faced for the past several years, said Mayor Bobby Font in calling for passage of the measure.

The ordinance defines “dangerous and vicious dogs” as animals that have engaged 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.

Further, a dog can be labeled as dangerous and vicious if the animal, when unprovoked, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury or otherwise caused injury to a domestic animal off the property of the owner of the dog.

The ordinance states it is unlawful for any person to own a dangerous or vicious dog without properly restraining or confining the dog.

Other matters the board considered included:

CITY OF WALKER: Without discussion, aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance officially declaring Walker a city.

Font told the council Monday all the necessary documentation had been filed and completed and with the council’s action, Walker became a city.

Walker’s new population numbers easily exceed the minimum number of residents and almost 7,000 call Walker home, he said.

SIGNAGE GRANT: Aldermen approved a resolution accepting a grant from the state Department of Transportation and Development for new signage on Pendarvis Lane from La. 447 south to U.S. 190.

Chief of Staff Fred Raiford said the new signs would enhance safety on the busy stretch of road.

POLICE COMPUTERS: Aldermen agreed to seek a $30,000 Office of Community Development grant to buy 15 laptop computers for the Police Department.

Raiford said current police laptops are outdated.

MILLAGE RATES: City property taxes will remain the same for the coming year, aldermen decided.

The tax rate is set at 2.2 mills, a source of about $111,500 for the city each year.

City Clerk Myra Streeter said updated property assessments would be issued next year.