Council: Leash law will be enforced

Published 11:12 am Thursday, July 5, 2012

By Tim Reeves

The Demopolis Times

During Monday’s meeting, the Demopolis City Council said the city’s leash law trumps any rules or permissions given by the city’s parks and recreation board, allowing dogs to roam free on the city’s walking trail.

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Demopolis resident Wanda Akins told council members she has repeatedly had to deal with dogs — large dogs — “threatening” her while she walked.

Mayor Michael Grayson instructed the city’s police department and the city’s parks and recreation department to install additional signage, reminding walkers of the leash law and asked the police department to fully enforce the city’s ordinance.

Despite the measure being on the agenda, the council took no action on the remaining Demopolis School Board vacancy. Members did meet behind closed doors in an executive session for more than 15 minutes to discuss the issue, but did not openly discuss the issue when they returned.

The council also voted to move their next regular council meeting, set for July 19 to Thursday, July 26 to accommodate request from councilman Mitchell Congress.