Oacoma board considers billboards to promote town

Dog ownership and responsibility was a topic of discussion at the Oacoma Town Board Monday night during the time reserved for public comment. Angie Zeman brought the topic to the board’s attention when she inquired if there were any regulations limiting the number of dogs an individual can own in town. Gary Dominiack, board President, informed Zeman there is an ordinance which addresses the behavior of dogs and that they can’t be running at large, but not a limit to the number of dogs which can be owned at one residence.

Zeman had inquired about the issue as a concerned citizen and cited an apartment building near her where seven dogs are living in one of the units. She stated that there is a large cage on the porch of the apartment and there is always one of the dogs in that cage. Police have also been called recently to the apartment building due to the dogs fighting each other and the owner being unable to control them.

“I don’t know if anything can be done,” said Zeman, “and, I don’t want to step on toes. But they (dogs) aren’t happy. She thinks she’s rescuing them because she brings them from the reservation.”

The board reviewed the ordinance and admitted it hasn’t been reviewed for a considerable amount of time. According to Dominiack, the original draft of the ordinance did provide limits to the number of dogs one household can own, but it was struck out of the final version.

The board agreed to review the ordinance and see what revisions may need to be made and enforced.

The Oacoma Community Center roof project is nearing completion. The board approved a change order for a substitution of fascia materials and a deduction of $1,292 in cost. The order also called for an extension of the contract substantial completion date to June 2, 2020.

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