Council considers approving changes to Mitchell’s pet ordinances, allowing shock collars – Mitchell Republic


Pet owners may have a new set of rules to follow when handling their furry friends, as Mitchell City Council will consider passing changes to the pet ordinance on Tuesday.

Among the more notable changes to the ordinance are the permission to use remote collars unless the animal is at a public gathering of 10 or more people and how the city considers that an animal is under “full control”.

Proposed changes to the city’s pet ordinance would deem any pet with shock collars that strays more than 50 feet from its owner or handler as not being under full control. Also, any animal or pet causing non-consensual contact with another person would be considered an adverse action, according to the amended order.

In recognition of the July 4 holiday, council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The city ordinance defines full control as a “state in which an animal is prevented by a leash, verbal command, or remote collar from taking any action” that is not desired by the owner of the animal. animal or a member of the owner’s immediate family.

Councilman Dan Allen has previously raised concerns about the city’s definition of an animal under total control, noting that many dogs roam beyond the jurisdiction of their owner or handler while under in control and in good behavior. Allen also asked if the city could ensure that a pet is under full control under the city’s proposed new definition.

Before the council considered proposed changes to the city’s pet ordinances, the use of shock collars was considered a gray area. After being challenged by a Mitchell resident for using a shock collar while riding his dog, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson sought to clarify the town’s animals in a major ordinance, while recommending that remote collars be included in the prescription.

While the city’s existing ordinance regulating animals in general doesn’t technically allow remote pet collars, Everson said former Mitchell public safety chief Lyndon Overweg informed him. before retiring a few years ago that the ordinance wasn’t enforced if an animal was wearing a collar because it’s considered a leash.

The following will be considered part of the consent agenda:

  • Approve the minutes and reports of the following meetings: June 21 municipal council meeting; special meeting on June 27; June 13 Meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
  • Approve an automatic supplement of $6,616 to the General Fund from a grant for the Mitchell Fire Division.
  • Approve the following raffle permit: Mitchell Ducks Unlimited with the draw taking place October 6th.
  • Approve special event request for Palace City Pre-Sturgis Party on August 4 in downtown Mitchell, stretching from First to Seventh Avenues along Main Street.
  • Approve the appointment of Whitney Kroupa to the Community Services Advisory Board for a term from July 2022 to June 2025.
  • Approve the appointment of the following Board members to the respective Boards and Committees: Chamber of Commerce (Liaison) – Steve Rice; Community Services Commission (Liaison) – John Doescher; Corn Palace Events & Advisory Board (voting member) – Jeff Smith; Golf and Cemetery Council (Ex Officio) – Dan Sabers; Housing and Redevelopment Commission Board (Liaison) – John Doescher; Library Board (liaison) – Steve Rice; Mitchell Area Development Corporation Board of Directors (Liaison) – Jeff Smith; Mitchell Main Street & Beyond Board (Liaison) – Susan Tjarks; Parks and Recreation Commission (Liaison) – Marty Barington; Planning Commission (ex-officio) – John Doescher; Sports and Events Authority Board (voting member) – Kevin McCardle.
  • Approve change orders to Maguire Iron and H&W Contracting for the West Side Water Tower project.
  • Approve Change Order to Top Grade Concrete for Concrete Project #2021-4, Appendix A.
  • Approve gas and fuel quotes.
  • Approve July 5 salary estimates.
  • Approve invoices, payroll, salary adjustments, new hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and receive the United Church of Christ invocation.
  • Consider reappointing the following department heads for the Town of Mitchell: Michelle Bathke-Finance Officer; Doug Greenway-Corn Palace Director; Justin Johnson-City Attorney; Elizabeth Kitchens – Director of Human Resources; Police Chief Mike Koster; Marius Laursen Fire Chief/EMS; Kevin Nelson-Director of Parks and Recreation; Jessica Pickett-Director of Community Services; Joe Schroeder-Director of Public Works.
  • Consider electing the president and vice president of the city council.
  • Listen to citizen feedback.
  • Meet as an adjustment board.
  • Set the following hearing date: July 18, for Vander Hamm Motorsports’ application for a conditional use license to operate an automotive repair services facility; located at 2951 S. Rowley St., legally described as Lot 11 of Iverson’s Addition in the southeast quarter of Section 33, Township 103 North, Range 60 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian, in Davison County. The property is zoned a UD Urban Development District.
  • Reconstitution in city council.
  • To hold a hearing on an application to transfer retail liquor license (for sale) RL-19079 from Anisa Deinert, doing business as Jade’s, located at 107 N. Main St., to Anisa Deinert, doing business as Jade’s, located at 107 North Main Street, Mitchell due to license reconfiguration.
  • Consider approving the transfer of vacant land at the corner of 15th Avenue and Minnesota Street. The city has received and is negotiating an offer of $30,000 on the lot of Mitchell resident Cory Marek. The city recently put the property up for sale after nearby residents pushed back on plans to transfer the land to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation for a new Mitchell-based nonprofit housing organization to build a workhouse.
  • Approve the dish of batches 1 and 2 of the third addition of CJM Consulting.
  • To approve resolution no. R2022-41, annexation of the 13 feet south of the 450 feet south of lot 2, excluding the 375 feet south of Mitchell Township.
  • Approve Resolution No. R2022-42, Annexation of Lot K of the Kippes Subdivision in the East Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 9, Township 103 North, Range 60, West of the Fifth Prime Meridian, in Davison County, South Dakota and Lot A of the First Addition of FF Kippes, a subdivision of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section Nine, Township 103 North, Range 60, at the west of the 5th Principal Meridian, Davison County.
  • Second reading of Ordinance No. O2022-11, revising the provisions of Chapter 4-2: Alcohol regulations.
  • Receive an update on bridge inspections with Brosz Engineering.
  • Consider going into executive session, personnel matters to the ceiling.

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