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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Mound City Council votes to put collar on habitual dog offenders

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

The Mound City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 5, voted to adopt an ordinance that amends an ordinance it passed earlier this year on loose and dangerous dogs. In the earlier ordinance, the council increased the fines for a loose dog from $25 to $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second, and $500 for the third in addition to the $105 in court costs for each violation.

Police Chief Paul McKee, back in limited action while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon in early summer, said that while the ordinance passed earlier this year had cut down the number of dogs running loose in the city, it had not worked on everyone. He said that one dog owner ignored the tickets and continued to let the animal roam freely.

That dog, which has acted in a threatening manner towards some people, has received complaints from people ranging from an older woman to Councilman Cody Beckman.

To close that loophole, the new ordinance calls for the police chief to seize the dog following the third offense. The chief can either adopt the dog out, euthanize the dog, or take any measure he deems necessary to remove the animal from the city.

Businesses plan music event

The council discussed a plan by a group of Mound City businesses calling themselves the Mound City Business Coalition to host a free concert by Nashville recording artist Blaine Howard on the weekend of the Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts festival. The concert would be located at the city’s amphitheater on Main Street near the Fifth Street intersection on the evening of Oct. 14.

Organizers wanted to block off part of Main Street for the concert, but city consultant Josh Baldwin pointed out that the street, which is also Kansas Highway 152, would be closed off that morning for the parade and earlier for the Jayhawk-Linn High School homecoming parade and he doubted the state would allow a third closure.

It was suggested to closed off Fifth Street near the amphitheater for vendors to set up their tables instead. Mayor Wade Doering suggested the city give the group $1,000 to help with event costs.

He said it appeared to him like the group wanted to resurrect the Mound City Chamber of Commerce.

In other business, the council:

• Learned from city Superintendent John Bruns that the asphalt crew will start working on city streets beginning Sept. 11. Bruns also said he was continuing to seek prices on a new backhoe and skid-steer loader.

• Approved a bid by Heartland Propane for 1,500 gallons for $1.85 per gallon or a total of nearly $2,800.

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