Greer City Council on Oct. 12 approved on first reading language to amend ordinances governing animal control within the city.
“From time to time, these (the ordinances) need to be addressed and worked on,” said city administrator Andy Merriman. “The animal control ordinance is being brought to you today not because of any initiative outside of some of the issues we think we need to address on here. It’s more to the point that this is a complex ordinance and obviously, fosters a significant amount of feeling.”
The proposed amendments include:
- Improvements on how the city may enforce the prohibition against tethered animals
- Giving the city the power to remove tethered animals from their owner and, if the owner does not later retrieve the animal or correct the tethering problem, leave the animal with a County Humane Society.
- Increase dog impoundment fees from $5 to $20-per-day.
- Require animal caretaker/foster homes to register with Animal Control
A second reading could come as early as Oct. 26.
Approved on first and final reading:
A request to authorize Greenville County to approve and execute a fee in lieu of tax and special source credit agreement with Project Homecoming, the Parkview Apartments complex on Main and Cannon streets, and other related matters.
“This is the city’s step in the process of the County considering a multi-county industrial park for Project Homecoming,” said Merriman. “This is effectively the inducement resolution to request that County Council consider this as part of a multi-county industrial park.”
According to supporting documents the city will also request Anderson County to approve a park ordinance similar in scope to the Greenville Park Ordinance and, as such, for Greenville County and Anderson County to execute and deliver a multi-county industrial/business park agreement regarding the project.
Flora Jones was reappointed to the Greer Housing Authority. Her term was set to expire Oct. 31.