WILLIAMSON – At a Williamson City Council meeting held Thursday evening, a motion was approved to accept the county proposal allowing municipalities use of the animal control vehicle one day a week and to allow Lt. Garrett Gregory with the Williamson Fire Department to assume the animal control responsibilities for the city twice monthly.
Williamson Mayor, Robert Carlton approached the discussion stating, “The county commission has offered to provide us with a vehicle to be used to pick up dogs and we have a dog warden that is about that and a procedure that could be implemented with the right procedure and personnel.”
Councilwoman Judy Hamrick responded stating, “We had an offer from one of our fireman who had been complaining about the dogs and he felt it would be a good thing to step up and offered to be part of the solution.”
Gregory then approached the council upon Hamrick’s request stating, “After discussing with Judy yesterday, we talked about two times monthly should be sufficient. After doing some research, I found that a dog catcher makes about $15.83 an hour and that is about $120 a day. I would be more than welcome to do it for $100 a day on my off days…”
The council then discussed that training would be provided to the city representative interested in using the animal control vehicle.
Hamrick continued stating, “My understanding and we will confirm all of this; is that the county is willing to work with us. Mr. Gregory can schedule this time around his work and we can start solving some of this problem. We have a leash law. That would be a benefit to us because most of these dogs that are out are not on a leash, obviously. I think it would be a good starting point. We will make sure the ordinance is gone over and they will get their training. I am all for it because the dogs have been a big issue and they have bitten people in my neighborhood. My recommendation is that we implement the program with the proper training, safeguards and ordinance review. We should put Mr. Gregory in charge of that program for 90 days and see how it works and if we need to make adjustments, we can make them.”
The discussion continued concerning leash law ordinances.
Hamrick made a motion to accept the proposal stating, “I am going to make the motion. I think it is a good idea and a good place to start. Goodness knows the dogs have been an issue for a lot of people.”
Carlton responded stating, “The motion would be to hire Gregory two days a month for a $100 a day for a total of $200 per month?”
Hamrick clarified the motion and Councilwoman Hairston-Brown seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)