Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 24, 2014

Bluefield, Va., Town Council looks at revamping barking dog ordinance

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Town council members are scheduled to hear today about a proposed ordinance designed to help residents resolve issues when barking and howling dogs become a problem.

The Bluefield, Va., Town Council’s agenda for this evening’s meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. at town hall, includes a report from the town attorney about a barking/howling dog ordinance.

Under the current ordinance, town residents are encouraged to try resolving barking dog problems themselves, said Mayor Don Harris.

“The way our town ordinance is interpreted, if a resident has an issue with someone’s dog barking, they are to first go to that individual,” he said Monday.

This approach does not always work, and becomes a problem if the meeting sparks arguments. The goal of the revised ordinance would be to eliminate these “one-on-one confrontations,” Harris stated.

The town has had issues in the past when people are not controlling their dogs. Instead of urging residents to speak between themselves, the revised ordinance would call on them to contact the town or the police, Harris. These are among the options that will be discussed tonight.

In other business, the town council will hear a report from Town Manager Mike Watson about Tazewell County’s plans this year for the annual Back of the Dragon motorcycle event. The town is not participating, but the report will be “informational” and tell the council what can be expected this year, Harris said.

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