Fenner: Proposed dog law will go up for town-wide vote

Discussion of the possibility of enacting a noise ordinance in Fenner died in November when Councilman Hank Stoker suggested the Fenner Town Council should stop talking around the issue and cut to the chase: The town has a dog problem, and the council should propose an appropriate ordinance to combat it.

"I say we put it on the ballot and let everyone vote on it," Stoker said.

The matter was tabled to the December meeting to allow Supervisor Russell Hammond to consult with representatives from the Madison County Board of Elections to determine how it is done.

Cary returned to the board Dec. 10 with the news that they should have an attorney draft the wording for the ballot so it doesn't sound slanted.

"It should be written in neutral language," Cary said.

Councilman Bill Wester is researching dog laws in other communities and will lead a committee of residents in drafting a proposed local law that will address the issues Fenner faces. Once reviewed and approved by the attorney, the proposition can be placed on the ballot if submitted at least 90 days before the 2009 vote.

Cary said in November that a movement to enact a dog law several years ago resulted in a turnout of nearly 200 people in opposition to the effort.

Agency offers helping hand

Barbara Henderson and Tom Clarke of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association made a brief presentation to members of the town council about the services they provide and projects they have undertaken.

Henderson, executive director of the organization, said though CACDA's service area technically is the Cazenovia Central School District, the organization is working on a farm book in partnership with American Famland Trust. She said the project crosses into Onondaga County.

"It's similar to the lake book we did for Cazenovia," Henderson said. "It will be about 6-and-a-half by nine-and-a-half inches and talks about how important agriculture is, especially to Onondaga and Madison counties."

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