The Marshall City Council made another move to protect the rights of animals in the city at its meeting Monday, June 15.
The council amended section 6-5.1 of the code of ordinances, which makes it unlawful for pet owners to provide inadequate food and water for their animals and tether them in unsafe or unsanitary conditions, among other things.
"We just want to be sure that they're getting proper care," Mayor Connie Latimer said as she expressed hope that the ordinance will give animals "a little bit better quality of life."
Latimer said the ordinance is one from Missouri Municipal League, one that many cities use to promote responsible animal care.
Police Chief Mike Donnell said this ordinance is effective immediately, though the police department will give pet owners a "reasonable amount of time" to meet the new guidelines. People found to be in violation of the ordinance will receive citations, which will then require court appearances, he said.
In her report, Latimer gave updates on two ongoing city projects.
She said there was a pre-bid meeting for work at Marshall Memorial Airport last week, and bid openings will be Tuesday, June 23. A pre-bid meeting for the Eastwood bridge project is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, and bids will be due Friday, June 26.
Latimer also asked the council to approve a new member of the Marshall library board. Linda Valenzuela was confirmed for a three-year term on the board as a replacement for Katie Sharon.
Council member Dan Brandt reported on upcoming street projects in Marshall. He said contractors will do slurry seal work beginning on July 6, weather permitting. There will also be work done at the railroad crossing on Boyd Street in July.
In other business, the council heard a brief presentation from local insurance salesmen Larry Askins, who is offering optional long-term care insurance for city employees.
"It is a good program for individuals," City Administrator Charles Tryban said about the insurance.
In order to be fair, the council decided to hear offers from all insurance agents in town before making a decision.
The council is next scheduled to meet Monday, July 6, at 5:15 p.m.