Another spirited exchange between the public and the Chino Valley Public Safety Committee took place on Thursday, Sept. 13, as a revision of the town animal regulations crawls to a conclusion.
Originally started in June, the committee has produced several drafts of Resolution No. 12-999, and with the cooperation of many local animal lovers, including dog breeders and kennel club members, continues to fine tune the document.
Among the items still being debated are the definitions of "kennel," "enclosure," and a clarification of the duties and restrictions of animal control officers during investigations of complaints.
Several members of the audience suggested that a separate designation between for-profit kennel operators and hobby kennel operators, allowing hobbyists to avoid certain requirements such as business licenses and zoning issues.
"I think if we can iron out the kennel item, defining who is a commercial kennel and who is a hobby kennel, we will be able to move a lot quicker," said committee chair Mike Best. "One of the problems was that we didn't have very much participation during the early stages, and now, when we're ready to present to council, we are presented with all of these suggestions, but that's the process, so we will definitely take all of these suggestions into account."
Chino Valley Police Cmdr. and committee member Mark Garcia said less than a dozen members of the public attended early meetings on June 21 and 28. No one was in the audience for the July 12 meeting.
"I really enjoy this interaction," said Garcia after the meeting. "The cooperation between the citizens and the government is what this country is built on. This is government in action."
As the meeting adjourned, Best, Garcia, and fellow committee and council member Darryl Croft encouraged all in attendance to further review the draft of resolution 12-999 and forward suggestions and comments to them through email or by phone before the next committee meeting.
As of Review press time, the next meeting had not yet been scheduled.
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