Grantsville town council met in the courthouse little
courtroom on Monday at 7 p.m.
The second reading of an ordinance regarding a $100 fine for feeding
pigeons was held and voted on. There was a great deal of discussion
about the law. Council members said the following:
Helen Jordan: “People have called me saying things like,
‘Why is the council worrying about the pigeons when there are so many
other problems and how can we enforce such a law’.”
Connie Schoolcraft: “We have a responsibility to the
town and its people. We are just trying to take care of our businesses
and this concern.”
“No one has called me. If there is any person in here that would like to
have pigeons on their roof, raise your hand.”
Dorothy McCauley: “The pigeons are a concern with
businesses that have flat roofs especially. Drains are being blocked and
Loretta Stevens (the only member to abstain from the
first reading): “It would be better if we could have the pigeons removed
in a humane way. The animal lovers that fed the pigeons have stopped
since the last meeting. Can’t we just figure out a way to get rid of the
Knight said that the ordinance was not against any
individual, animal lovers, or bird feeders: “The ordinance is a
deterrent to feeding pigeons. The primary concern is in the pigeons and
the mess they leave. They cause problems and can carry diseases. The
council is simply trying to rid the town of more possible problems that
the birds can create. Yes, this law will be difficult to enforce. It is
not like we are planning to arrest everyone with a bird feeder in town.
We just want any deliberate feedings to stop.”
Four council members voted in favor, and Loretta Stevens
voted against the ordinance.
With approval of the second reading, Ordinance: Section
9-32 became a law: It shall be a violation of this municipal ordinance
for any individual to deliberately feed and/or harbor pigeons within the
municipal limits of the Town of Grantsville. Any individual cited for
this violation is subject to a fine of $100 per violation.
Council approved prepared budgets for the Sewer and
Water departments and a renewal of a CD for $5,000.
Mayor Gary Knight reported that the sewer project is
underway, with advertising for bids beginning this week. Pre-bid
conference will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Bids will be
opened Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.
He also expressed appreciation for the work Energy
Express had performed around town.
“It is good to see young people show genuine interest
about the town and future projects,” said Knight. “The volunteers were
Amy Nicholas, Kim Cottrell, Tessa Batten, Kayla Hixon, Angela Kisner,
Maria Kisner, Brook Turner and Kayla Wilson. The VFW also placed a new
flag pole in the town park and we would like to thank them.”
Kerby read a list of citizen complaints that included: a
drain at the corner of Napa, the maintenance of sidewalks, the wall in
front of Calhoun Realty, and money for schooling that should be returned
by former officer Jeff Starcher.
Knight said he would check on the drain issue and that
the money owed by Starcher was also being looked into. He said that the
wall is a concern, but responsibility for it had not been decided. Frank
Venezia was to look into it and find information for the town. Peter
Cobbett would be requested to take a look at it too.
After some discussion, council approved a resolution to
comply with an ordinance for a drug-free work place .
Grantsville Police Dept. law enforcement report for July
was as follows: 39 calls for service, 39 citizen contacts, 4 criminal
investigations opened, 1 citizen ordinance violation, 4 warnings for
traffic stops, 2 citations for traffic stops, 3 K-9 calls for service,
and 6 arrests: 4 failures to appear (Wood and Calhoun capiases),
domestic battery, breach of peace (summons served), brandishing (DPS
warrant), DUI, no insurance, expired operators (DPS warrant), and
possession of marijuana <15 grams (citation issued).
Municipal court judge Jacob McCumbers gave no July
After a motion to pay bills, council adjourned at 8:05
p.m. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.