Town-hall meeting set next week in Crestwood

A town-hall meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Crestwood Community Center, 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane.

The meeting will take place primarily to discuss the proposed and current animal-control ordinances presented in November to the Board of Aldermen, according to information released by the city.

Under the proposal, license fees for cats and dogs would increase. Annual tag fees would jump from $2 to $5, annual fees for non-commercial kennel and cattery licenses would rise from $10 to $150 and annual fees for commercial kennel and cattery licenses would go from $50 to $250.

Under the city’s animal-control code, a kennel or cattery is defined as any residence that has four or more dogs and cats.

In addition, sportsman’s permits would increase from $10 to $50 and rescue organizations now would be required to pay $150 for a permit.

A section of the proposed animal-control code amendment also states: “The animal control officer or those acting in his behalf shall have the right of entry onto any lots or lands and the right of entry to any property or premises for the purpose of collecting any dog, cat, or other animal, which is subject to impoundment due to the animal being unattended and causing a disturbance that is excessive, continuous or endangers the animal.”

Mayor Roy Robinson has said that other city-related topics also might be discussed if there is no further discussion on the proposed animal-control ordinance changes before the end of the town-hall meeting at 9 p.m.