City council hears from dog owner
The Marked Tree City Council heard from an angry dog owner and passed a resolution to approve the tax millage at its regular meeting Monday night.
Jerry Phillips approached the council about a ticket he received because his dog was unleashed.
"I got a ticket because my dog got off the chain," Phillips said. "I didn't get a warning or anything. Another dog was right there with my dog and it didn't get a ticket."
Phillips said he knew of other residents who received warnings, but said he had not received warnings himself.
"I want to be treated fair," he said.
"He has been warned several times. The dog bit an officer on the hand," said Jim Crum, chief of police.
Phillips denied that the dog bit anyone.
"My dog doesn't bite," he said. "It's a chocolate lab that wouldn't hurt no one."
Mayor Lawrence Ashlock said that the matter was not for the city council to decide but rather for the court to decide.
"Dogs are one of the biggest complaints we have," Ashlock said.
City attorney Mike Dabney told Phillips he needed to take his story to court.
"Tell it to the judge," Dabney said.
In other business, the council passed a resolution to approve the city's tax millage with a rate of 1.8 mills for the general tax and .4 mills fireman's retirement and pension fund.
"The rates haven't changed," Ashlock said. "They're the same as every year. We just have to approve them again."
In other agenda items the council:
*Heard committee reports from the Airport and the fire, police, street and water departments. Chief Crum reported that arrests were up. He shared statistics from the same time last year, noting that there had been a total of 177 total arrests so far in 2006. The total for all 2005 arrests was 148, so the department has already surpassed last year's number of arrests.
*Elected Jerry Jones and mayor pro tempore for October through December.
*Hired John Jones as a maintenance person for the water department.
*Approved the city financial statements.
*Approved the minutes from the previous meeting.