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|Winnsboro City Council meeting goes to the dogs|
Topics ranged from city finance to leash law enforcement last Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Winnsboro City Council.
Winnsboro received a clean bill of wealth on its financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2009. CPA Doyle Hassell of Marcus, Robinson and Hassell issued the city an unqualified opinion, the highest rating available.
"They have a good staff in place," said Hassell. "All of the financial records are in order and well organized."
The audit shows Winnsboro with $15.8 million in assets for the 2009 fiscal year, an increase by $365,861. The city was able to increase coffers by $933,258 over the previous year primarily by a new 1/2 cent sales tax, but increased spending on proprietary fund by $349,821. The largest spending on city construction was $178,662 for water system improvements.
"There are lots of projects going on right now, and the city is in a financial position to pursue grants that they can back up with their own money," Hassell said.
The audit report is intended to provide a general overview of the finances of the City of Winnsboro.
Due to unleashed dogs roaming neighborhoods within the city limits of Winnsboro, the town's board of aldermen has put dog owners on notice.
"We have received several reports from the post office regarding mail carriers who have come in contact with dogs on their routes," said Mayor Jack Hammons. "To make the neighborhood safe, we will reinforce this law."
It is a violation of La. State law and City of Winnsboro ordinance to allow any dog to run at large on public or private property of another. All dogs are required to be on a leash at all times.
Dog owners must also comply with the following requirements:
* No dog shall be staked on a chain, rope, etc.;
* Dogs must be in a secured fence with enough height so the dog cannot escape;
* No dog kennels shall be allowed in a residential area;
* All dog pens must be cleaned daily;
* All dogs must have access to a sheltered area for protection from heat and cold;
* One dog pen per yard and must be at least 20 feet from property line;
* Large dogs (25 lbs and up) on a leash must have a muzzle to prevent attacks on humans or other animals.
Any violation of these ordinances will result in fines and court costs.
In other news, contractors interested in submitting bids for construction of the new Meadowbrook Subdivision by New Horizons Development, LLC, are asked to contact Lee McLin, administrative project manager or Doug Crawford, project management for an appointment to review plans and specifications. Representatives can be contacted at Provias Construction, 149 Concourse Drive, Pearl, Miss., 39208, or phone at 601-932-1674, ext 109.
Meadowbrook Subdivision is a 39-unit housing development planned for Winnsboro.