Liberty wants dogs to stay warm

By BOB COUPLAND

Tribune Chronicle

LIBERTY — Just as other communities such as Warren, Girard and Niles have done, Liberty residents want township officials want to pass dog tethering legislation to prevent the animals from being left out in cold weather.

Linda Becker of Logan Way asked trustees at Monday’s meeting what the township can do about having some type of law in place to protect dogs.

”There are places that have passed tethering laws,” Becker said. “I am concerned with dogs being left out in the cold.”

Mark Finamore, the township legal adviser who also represents many area townships, said communities that have such laws are cities, not townships, which are under different guidelines.

He said Liberty has a dog control code in place that requires dogs to be on a leash or restrained if not on their property.

Police Chief Richard Tisone said the guidelines also address excessive barking under noise violations.

Both Finamore and Tisone said the township codes do not dictate when someone must bring their dog inside due to outdoor temperatures, but said anyone with concerns of animal being neglected without a shelter or dog house can contact animal control agencies. Tisone recommended recording video of the neglect or excessive barking as proof.

Finamore said Girard Municipal Court has addressed animal neglect or mistreatments in the past, with complaints filed with the prosecutor.

”They take this very seriously,” he said.

In another matter, the township is seeking funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvement / transportation improvement program for the 2017 street resurfacing of Parkwood Avenue, Liberty Street, Euclid Avenue and Arms Drive.

Trustee Chairwoman Jodi Stoyak said the county will provide 39 percent of the costs and the township 61 percent, with total project cost at $342,738. The township’s share is $209,070 from the road fund.

In other action, trustees;

• Heard from Tisone that money generated from the new traffic cameras in the township will be split 70 percent to the police fund and 30 percent to the township general fund;

• Heard from fire Chief Gus Birch that he is seeking $150,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for a new ambulance;

• Hired Mike Malone of Boardman as a part-time firefighter / emergency medical technician at $14 per hour, with no benefits;

• Heard from Finamore that he is reviewing franchise fees and conditions for cable and similar franchises in the township. Other communities, such as Johnston, have approved putting in communication towers and received a one-time $500 fee;

• Announced during winter months, meetings will be held 1 p.m. the second Monday of the month, with next meeting Dec. 12.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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