By CARL SMITH
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will hold its second public hearing on a proposed vicious dog ordinance Monday during its second regular meeting of the month.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m., with the hearing following the opening prayer. Citizens comments, which normally are heard within the first hour of the meeting, are scheduled for 11:15 a.m.
The board held its first public hearing on the potential ordinance mid-September. Since that meeting, supervisors made minor tweaks to the amendment.
The second draft adds additional details toward fines, penalties and costs assessed by the justice court.
The board will present that version to the public Monday. Supervisors could follow the hearing with a vote and officially adopt the policy. If adopted, the law would be published in local media outlets three times and would not be official until 30 days after the last publication.
In October, board President Marvell Howard said the law’s possible implementation would provide an ordinance with teeth that places burden and responsibility squarely on dog owners’ shoulders.
“I think it’s got enough teeth to make sure anyone in violation will be dealt with,” he said. “It offers some sort of real repercussions. Once violators start getting prosecuted, that will start to curb the problems our county is facing.”
Following the public hearing, supervisors are scheduled to hear a request from Sheriff Dolph Bryan (10:30 a.m.) and a presentation from EMCC President Rick Young (10:45 a.m.). The board could also adopt new E-911 road names following a work session last week which aimed to cut duplicate names from the county register.
Two exiting supervisors will also thank their constituents for allowing them to serve as their county representatives. Following this year’s elections, both District 1 Supervisor Carl Clardy and District 5 Supervisor John Young will not return for another term.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped me as District 1 supervisor. It has been an honor for me,” Clardy said. “I’m sure the new board will do a good job. Some decisions that have to be made are not easy ones. We should always remember and support the ones we have elected. Thanks to everyone who supported me as District 1 supervisor for the past 12 years.”
Young said it has been a privilege to serve District 5 during his term.
“It meant a lot to me to go out in my community, seek the interests and concerns of all that live here and serve the to the best of my abilities,” Young said. “I wish the new board luck and hope supervisors continue the work that this current board has started.”