Slater council discusses vehicle, animal ordinances
The city of Slater continues to develop motorized vehicle and animal ordinances, which city council members discussed at their meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 17.
Members reviewed a preliminary ordinance outlining what moving devices will be allowed on city streets. Muscle-powered devices, such as skate boards or bicycles; muscle-augmented devices, such as electric bicycles; and powered devices, such as motorized bicycles, all-terrain vehicles and golf carts, are all allowed.
The current ordinance states that powered devices must be registered with the city, at a cost of $10, and be insured. Those operating the devices must be licensed drivers.
Mayor Stephen Allegri voiced his concerns with the ordinance.
"My only objection to any of it is the registration," he said. "I just think it's an unnecessary burden."
City Attorney Pat Cronan offered a different view and said, "I don't think people will buy the insurance unless they have to prove they have it."
The council tabled the ordinance and will vote on it at its next meeting.
About the animal ordinance, Allegri said he has received feedback from several citizens, mostly those in favor of animals.
But, council member Terry Jordan said, "There's a few in town that are not taking responsibility for their animals."
Allegri welcomed further comments from Slater residents.
In his report, Mayor Allegri mentioned upcoming events in Slater.
The Christmas tree lighting and turkey giveaway is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. The city will host Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 5. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Santa train will be in Slater at 4 p.m.
Election filing dates were also announced at the council meeting. Citizens interested in running for office can sign up from Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Monday, Jan 18.
Council members Cathie Jeffries, Ruby Romine, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot, Ron Monnig and Brett Heymeyer were also present at the meeting.
The Slater council will meet again Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.