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Vote delayed on number of pets allowed in Milan


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Originally Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 9:23 pm
Last Updated: March 18, 2013, 11:30 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com

Milan trustees on Monday delayed a vote on changing the animal control ordinance when village attorney Lincoln Scott failed to bring a copy of the resolution.

The board plans to vote on the amendment at its April 1 meeting, changing the ordinance to allow four domestic animals instead of two.

Trustee Bruce Stickell said the village was contacted by a couple moving into the village who owned four dogs and were concerned about the ordinance. Mr. Stickell said the amendment will make Milan more welcoming.

"We don't really want to raise it, but we don't want to hinder growth," said Mr. Stickell. "We have a lot of people in Milan who probably have more than four animals, but we don't find out about it until someone calls the police."

Mr. Stickell said the amended ordinance will let more people move into Milan, and the downside is police will spend more time responding to animal complaints.

In other news, the board heard complaints about monthly recycling bills. Joyce Larson said she does not use the recycling service and still is charged a monthly fee of $4.

"I don't cook. I don't take the newspaper. I don't have anything to recycle, and I'm not going to recycle," she said. "Maybe the village needs to cut back if you need money."

Mayor Duane Dawson said dropping the service for some residents would force Milan to drop it for others. He said garbage fees would increase if the village was forced to take more recyclable items to the landfill, noting the village received a recycling award last month.

"If we didn't have the recycling fee, we would have to put it on the garbage fee anyway," he said.

Village administrator Steve Seiver said three companies submitted bids for the recycling collection, and Allied Waste was chosen because pricing was based on mandatory recycling for each house.

"It was the most economical way to do it," he said. "It saves money on stops for garbage collection."














 




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