UNION — The City of Union will enter into an agreement with Union County to allow county animal control officers to enforce the city’s animal ordinance within its municipal boundaries.
During its July meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Harold Thompson to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the county. The intergovernmental agreement would allow the county animal control officers to enforce the city’s animal control ordinance on behalf of the city.
The ordinance states that the city “acknowledges that Union County has the capability to provide” Union with code enforcement officers and provide this “vital service … with maximum cost efficiency.” It further states that the city had requested this “contractual arrangement” with the county so that the county could make code enforcement officers available to the city to enforce its animal ordinance.
Even as they are enforcing city’s animal ordinance within its municipal boundaries, the ordinance states that the animal control officers will still be employees of the county. It further states the city will compensate the county for providing it with these code enforcement officers. All fines levied within the municipal boundaries of Union will be retained by the city.
At its July meeting, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve second reading of an ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental agreement authorizing the county to provide animal control services to Union within the city’s municipal boundaries.
In other business, council voted unanimously to allocate $500 for a sponsorship for the Union County Pep Rally.
A report prepared by Thompson stated that the Rally is an annual event hosted by WBCU Radio and Holcombe Funeral Home. This year’s Pep Rally will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday’s agenda also included two appointments to the Planning Commission Board.
Thompson reported to council that it had to fill two seats on the Planning Commission Board which had become vacant because of expired terms. He said that the board works closely with the City of Union Planning Department. Thompson said the board meets to consider and make recommendations to council concerning zoning ordinances and resolutions. He added that the commission also make recommendations for the subdivision of land and appropriate revisions within it jurisdiction.
Thompson said that applicants for these seats were solicited by public notice in the local newspaper on May 16. He also presented council with request to serve letters from applicants, adding that city staff recommended they appoint qualified candidates to the seats.
Council voted to reappoint board members Oscar Gist and Mary Norman. In their letters requesting reappointment, Gist and Norman both pointed out that they have already served several terms on the board would appreciate the opportunity to assist the city by serving another term.