City adds bite to its animal control law

By Richard Nelson — editor@dibollfreepress.com

New Diboll City Council members Veronica Hernandez and Tom Farley took the oath of office Monday, May 20, and got down to business in their first council meeting.

Council approved revisions to the city’s animal control ordinance, giving more enforcement authority to its animal control officer, Donna Brown, and also keeping revenue from fines in the city.

Until now, when a stray animal was picked up, fines went through the county. Diboll municipal court will now handle those fees.

Brown told council her “goal is to educate, not legislate.”

“A lot of people don’t know what it takes to be a pet owner,” Brown said

In other business, council:

■ Approved a three-year lease for specialized golf course maintenance equipment with Brookside Equipment Sales Inc.;

■ Approved the city manager, city secretary and finance director as TexPool representatives;

■ Approved requesting about $84,000 from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation for sound and lighting improvements for the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center; and

■ Appointed council member Daniel Lopez as the representative on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors.

 

City Attorney Jimmy Cassels swears in new City Council members Tom Farley and Veronica Hernandez. Incumbent Don Hendrick, right, also took the oath of office for another term. He ran unopposed.

City Attorney Jimmy Cassels swears in new City Council members Tom Farley and Veronica Hernandez. Incumbent Don Hendrick, right, also took the oath of office for another term. He ran unopposed.