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|Ordinance Change Means Outdoor Cats in Knoxville Must be Tagged
|If you are cat owner and allow it to go outside in the city of Knoxville - you'd better make sure the animal is tagged.
The Knoxville City Council Monday night approved a change to the animal at-large ordinance to include outdoor felines. The vote was 5-2 to add cats to both the licensing section and animal at-large section of animal ordinances in Knoxville.
Alderman Ed Mahar brought the matter to the city council at the last meeting after he received complaints from his constituents of cats running around town. The council tabled the issue until City Attorney Wayne Statham could review the animal ordinances to see if cats could be added to certain sections. He found that cats were already included in most sections of the ordinances.
Alderman Lester Naslund, who voted against the revised ordinance, told the city council that he's concerned that the addition of cats to certain ordinances will complicate the jobs of the police department.
In other business, the Knoxville City council voted to purchase electricity from Integrys. A representative from Mechanical Service, Inc. (MSI) presented the idea to the council about buying electricity from Integrys in a solid rate. Aldermen unanimously approved a 3 year deal with the company to pay 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour for the next three years.
The representative provided data that the rate could provide a savings of around $35,000 dollars over the three-year period. The savings estimate is based on current Ameren rates, which will be changing at the end of May.
The representative says the rates are expected to increase, but by how much is unknown.
|01 06 09 by Newsroom
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