"The cats don't have to be feral," said Town Attorney Greg Sciccitano. "They could be owned by other neighbors. The purpose [of the law] is more to prevent leaving food out for days on end," which draws more and more cats to the area, thus, creating the issues addressed.
During the vote, most board members commented as they approved the new law. While Councilor Kerry Mannion concluded, "neighbors have put up with enough," Councilor Vicki Baker was concerned for the cats that really lack nurturing. She was in favor of the law, Baker said, as long as the town makes a commitment to educate the public with literature, and makes an effort to somehow work with nonprofit organizations such as Wayward Paws.
"I have a problem when government says we can't be kind to animals," she said. "There's no home for them. They'll die once Bill comes and seizes them."
Michalenko and Pulaski said they were both committed to raising awareness through the town newsletter and handouts about issues such as spay/neuter programs as well as referrals to adoption and foster care programs provided through local animal advocate groups.
"It's a good step to get us going," said Councilor Irene Scruton. "It provides a venue for education."
Scruton asked Pulaski to come back in six months for a follow-up on the success of the new local law.
In other action:
The board unanimously approved to abandon a portion of Sand Hill Road that lies within the Woodbine Business Park. Woodbine Group is in the process of developing this particular area, as it was never developed, and was asking the road be abandoned so it could take it back and make it part of the final project. The decision was made after the scheduled public hearing closed; nobody from the public commented.