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Posted: 07/16/14

State has dangerous
animal law in effect

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Secial Writer
      Michigan's State Law on Dangerous Animals was the subject of discussion at the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting July 8.
       The request for a vicious dog ordinance was brought forward by Trustee Mike Bailey. He did not know there was a state law on vicious animals until the township attorney conducted an investigation.
       "(I wanted) to make it known to our constituents that this state law exists," he said.
       The law regulates the confinement, tattooing or destruction of dangerous animals and the penalties for owners or keepers of dangerous animals that attack humans.
       Trustee Robin Buxar felt that following the state law on dangerous animals would be best as no issues involving vicious dogs had been brought up before the township.
       "If it becomes an issue, we can certainly pick this up again," she said.
       Supervisor Terry Gonser thanked Bailey for bringing the law to the board's attention, saying the township doesn't want to get into the business of confiscating dogs and putting them to sleep.
       "After reading the state law and the summary of it, it certainly seems to address nearly all the issues relative to a truly vicious dog," he said. "There's a lot of folks with dogs out there."
       Bailey then requested that a link to the state law be placed on the township's website.
       The link to the state law can be found on the township's website in the Community info section, under "Links to Area Websites." Once there, click on "Dangerous Animals." It can also be found in the Sheriff's Department section under "State Law regarding Dangerous Animals."
       The board also heard a brief presentation from Bailey and Buxar on maintenance and repairs needed at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. Their main concern was the cider mill's rear deck, which is showing signs of age and neglect.
       "It is dangerous," Buxar said. "The rails will fall over, your foot would go through the dry rot; it is an emergency exit from the building. It's pretty much in bad disrepair and decay."
       The board then approved a motion to have the township manager prepare the initial draft of Bailey and Buxar's request for a proposal to send out for compatible bids, starting with the rear deck.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Appointed Township Trustee John Giannangeli to the Cranberry Lake Board.
       - Approved the terms of the fire millage. The millage will be placed on the November ballot and will go into effect in December 2015. If approved by the voters, it will remain at its current rate of .995 mills for six years.
       - Received and filed a letter from the Planning Commission regarding electronic signs. The Planning Commission felt that electronic signs were not in keeping with the rural character of the township.


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