Town's Leash Law To Go Into Effect Feb. 28


The Town Council Thursday adopted a leash law that proponents hope is the end of all leash laws.

As of Feb. 28, all dogs not on their owner's property must be on a leash. The only exception is for dogs accompanying hikers, cyclists and horseback riders on designated national forest trails within the town limits.

The council had sent the amended ordinance back to Town Attorney Sam Streichman on two separate occasions for fine-tuning.

Council member Barbara Brewer said Thursday that dogs who now run at large will continue to do so and she feared that the ordinance will pit neighbor against neighbor.

But Brewer voted in favor of the measure along with the other council members present. The vote was 5-0. Council members Ken Murphy and Jack Monschein were not present.

In other business, the council:
• held a first reading and public hearing for restricted parking for disabled persons;

  • approved a request for a site plan for Kaibab's Sawmill Crossings that would allow for the construction of a building to house a six-screen movie theater and 6,000 feet of restaurant and retail space;
  • tabled a decision to terminate services for a government access cable TV contract with Larry Sheehan. The council voted 3-2 in favor of tabling the decision for a month. Mayor Vern Stiffler and Vice Mayor Ray Schum dissented.

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