Recent Cat Issue Discussed At Pioneer Council Meeting


There are some Pioneer residents who are fed up with cats.

More particularly, they are tired of dealing with a plethora of cats stemming from a single house, which is situated on North Third and Michigan streets. The occupant of that home is alledgedly gathering cats, regardless of the current number of felines they already own, and allowing them to roam free outside.

This is a problem for Tom Lanhem.

Like other citizens of Pioneer, Lanhem has concerns about the large number of cats wandering the streets of the village. Namely, his wife and daughter are allergic to the pets. Not sure of what to do about the issue, Lanhem attended the March regular meeting of the Pioneer Village Council with the specific intent of mentioning the problem to the village administration.

They immediately knew about that which he spoke.

“You’re talking about the house on the north side of town, right?” Mayor Ed Kidston asked.

After answering in the affirmative, Lanhem was then directed to Police Chief Timothy Livengood, who was also quite familiar with the issue.

“I’ve addressed this with the resident several times.” Livengood claimed. “At this point, we may have to take this issue through the court system.”

While that may seem like a bold choice, Livengood is at a loss as to how else to rectify the situation.

“We could keep warning them, but that’s obviously not working.”

Kidston agreed that the current course of action regarding the problem has been fruitless thus far.

“We’ve tried being nice about it, and we’ve tried being firm.” The second generation mayor stated.

An alternative of passing an ordinance was brought up by Lanhem as well, though in a questioning manner. Whether such an edict would involve limiting the number of cats one could own, or merely force owners to keep their pets indoors was not discussed. In fact, Kidston expressed a desire to stay away from this possibilty altogether.

“We’re a small town, and we don’t like to pass ordinances for a single home.”

Those wishing to file a complaint about the cat issue can do so at the Pioneer Police station. Only a single complaint is required for the village to take the matter to the courts.

During his own report to the council, Livengood introduced a new policy manual for his department. He invited them to thumb through the thick booklet at their leisure.

“Those of you who want to dive into (the manual), knock yourselves out.” Said Livengood.

Village Administrator Al Fiser will hold on to the handbook until the next council regular meeting. Council members are free to stop by and examine the policies within it at their convienence. It is Livengood’s hope that they will approve the book at the April meeting.

“I would like for council to approve these policies so we can begin implimenting them.”

Fiscal Officer April McMillen was allowed to make an ammendment to the 2015 appropriations, thanks to an ordinance passed by council under emergency conditions. The village will now see an additional $30,000 in its Electric fund. This reshuffling of funds was made in order to cover costs associated with the plans to renovate First Street and village assistance with the North Central Building Project, which is set to begin construction in early June.

The council also set dates for the next Large Trash day. Those Pioneer residents looking to rid themselves of unwanted furniture or other bulky items will be able to do so on April 24 and 25.
The meeting concluded with the council electing to enter into Executive Session to discuss possible litigation. No action was expected.

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