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Public hearing on proposed dog kennel ordinance coming up in city of Tracy

May 28, 2009
By Deb Gau

A second public hearing on a proposed dog kennel ordinance for the city of Tracy will be held at the Tracy City Council's next regular meeting June 9. A revised version of the ordinance came before the council at its Tuesday night meeting, said Tracy City Administrator Audrey Koopman. There wasn't much discussion of the ordinance before the new hearing was set, Koopman said, but there will be opportunity for public comment then.

The ordinance, which proposes regulations for the size, construction and location of dog kennels in the city, had been sent back to the Tracy Planning Commission for revision after a public hearing in April. While Tracy Police Chief Bryan Hillger had said the ordinance was necessary to set standards allowing police officers to respond to animal complaints, several members of the community had expressed concerns about different parts of the ordinance.

At its Tuesday meeting, the council also approved a new measure intended to encourage more property owners to maintain their vacant properties in Tracy. Koopman said the council approved adding a $50 base fee for the city to mow the grass on vacant properties. The $50 would be added to the cost of the mowing and charged to the property owners.

Koopman said the city is currently responsible for mowing about10 or 11 vacant properties, and there seem to be a growing number of maintenance requests.



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