North Apollo to put onus on dog owners |

North Apollo to put onus on dog owners

North Apollo will be trying to put controls on dogs roaming and becoming nuisances.

Borough council passed an ordinance Monday night designed to make dog owners more responsible.

Dogs can no longer be tethered outside for more than a half-hour or “no longer than it takes to complete some tasks,” such as shopping.

Dog owners have to control “habitual howling, barking and chasing and harassing” neighbors.

Dogs roaming neighborhoods will be picked up by officers from Hoffman Kennels.

Owners will have five days to reclaim their dogs from Hoffman.

Untethered dogs can be in owners’ yards with electronic monitoring collars.

Dogs will not be allowed outside when the National Weather Service declares a severe weather warning.

“This is really for protection of the dogs,” said Solicitor Anthony Urti. “Some discretion will be left to police officers answering complaints.”

Officials said the ordinance will be posted on the borough’s website:

In a related matter, council will pay Hoffman $65 monthly next year for animal control.

Water shut-offs

Council passed a measure that will shut off water service to customers if they don’t pay their sewage fees.

Once quarterly bills go out, customers have 30 days to pay their bills or face shut-offs.

Officials said it would alleviate the borough’s having to serve as a debt collector.

The measure passed, 4-1, with Councilman Ed Hall dissenting, saying that 30 days is too soon for that type of action.

Officials said landlords will be notified of the new law, which will go into effect Jan. 1.

Trash-hauling contract

Council awarded a two-year contract to Shank Sanitation for trash collection that will keep costs at $35.75 quarterly for residents.

The contract is for almost $69,400 per year for the borough.

Shank’s was the only bid council received.

Officials and residents on hand praised owner Randy Shank for his efforts during the past two years of the current contract, particularly in the aftermath of last summer’s flooding.

Stormwater control

Senate Engineering estimated it would cost $295,000 to install a 60-inch pipe from the intersection of 19th and Acheson streets to Moore Avenue.

A 36-inch pipe would cost $145,000 to cover the same area.

Officials hope the pipe would alleviate flooding similar to that which occurred in the borough during the summer.

No financing method or vote was taken on the issue.

Senate said the Oakwood Avenue project should begin next summer, once approved funding is received.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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