residents must register dogs and kennels
November 21, 2008 | NEWTON -- Residents with dogs and
kennels will have to visit Town Hall before April 1
to complete registration, said Karla Ferguson, town
recorder, during the Newton Planning Commission Thursday.
Town Treasurer Susan Newmyer-Jeppson is planning to
hold registration every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at
Town Hall, Ferguson said, however the arrangement isn't
yet set in stone.
If a dog isn't registered by April 1, the owner will
have to pay a fee, Ferguson said, and if the dog is
impounded before the fee is paid the owner must pay
double the fee before their dog can be returned.
"We had about 50 dogs that weren't licensed last year
that were the year before," Ferguson said. "But we don't
know if these dogs still exist."
Ferguson said the town council wants to create a dog
clinic next year like they have in the past, but they
need to find someone to be in charge of the clinic.
This clinic is normally held within the first weeks
of the new year, she said.
There were no reports from the county on animal control
this year, Ferguson said.
"The problem kennels have been dealt with last year
and haven't been a problem this year," she said.
Information about new dog registration and kennel
procedures will be sent out to the town in a form letter,
The commission also went over material commission
member Helen Rigby received at conference by the Utah
League of Cities and Towns. The material contained information
to help commission members understand their purpose
and procedures and to define planning goals.
"We should be looking 10, 20, 30 years down the road
and our planning should reflect that vision," said Mike
Peterson, commission member.
The commission discussed creating a vision statement
that would define what they would like to see happen
with Newton in the future. This statement would then
be used to guide planning decisions and ultimately achieve
that vision. Planning Commission Chair Roland Griffin
said a public survey would be a good way to collect
residents' opinions and would help the commission decide
what would be best for the future planning of Newton.
The commission also discussed work that needed to
be done on the zoning map. Commission member MaRee Bird
suggested the new map be organized by designating each
zone a different color in order to make the map easier
to use. The commission discussed whether land must be
zoned agricultural or if it can stay zoned as home occupation
in order to be qualified for Greenbelt.
Rigby was told she could start labeling commercial
zones but should wait on the agricultural and home occupation
zones until more information was collected.