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FT noise ordinance will address barking dogs
As discussions continue on a noise ordinance for Franklin Township, residents should prepare to stifle their barking dogs.
Franklin Township Police Chief Jim Timko presented a draft of the ordinance on July 19.
“I’ve cobbled something together I think we can live with,” Timko said.
The ordinance does not prohibit activities such as discharging firearms or target shooting in the township, but loud dogs were a sticking point with some residents.
“There are noises that would apply,” Trustee Chair Tim Guyton said. “It’s not that I get a lot of noise complaints, but the majority I do get, are barking dogs and music.”
“If a barking dog is in a licensed, zoned kennel, that’s not a violation,” Timko said, “If a dog is barking, and it’s not (housed) in a business that is a violation.”
Residents speaking at the meeting advocated specific language for targeting vocal dogs to enable better enforcement. They were concerned it would be tricky judging what level and amount of barking is a nuisance.
The trustees tabled the discussion for their next meeting.
Other Franklin Township news
• Road Department Superintendent Jim Stevens said his crew finished cleaning up debris following the June 29 storm.
Stevens submitted a request for reimbursement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for labor, materials and dumping.
“I believe we will get reimbursed, up to 90 percent,” Stevens said.
• The Eureka Park sanitary sewer project is scheduled to begin this fall, Stevens said.
The projects in the Brown Road and Mon-E-Bak areas missed a June 1 completion deadline.
According to township officials, the contractor is being assessed $1,500 per day as consequence.
“They are still under contract and they’re plugging away,” Stevens said.
• A $3,000 state EMS grant will be cooling things down at the fire department, literally.
The funding will go toward purchasing refrigerators to be installed on medic vehicles, said Mark Kid, Franklin Township assistant fire chief.
The refrigerators will store medications, like intravenous fluids and ice packs.
“In cardiac arrest, we use the IVs and ice packs for active cooling,” Kidd said. “There has been real marked success with this treatment… when you can get the (body) core temperature down, the survivability goes up.”
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