Atlantic looks to fill Committee position, and won’t shoot cats


June 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic is looking for a female to fill a position on the Community Promotion Committee. Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Livengood said during Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting, that they’re looking for resumes’ from woman because of gender balancing mandate handed down by the State. Livengood said the applicant should be “community active.” Your resume may be submitted to City Hall.

Livengood said also, the City “Is not going to shoot cats.” The Community Protection Committee, he says met on June 12th to discuss a complaint about cats which, according to one resident, threatens her bird sanctuary. He says the Committee reviewed the City’s Animal Protection and Control licensing Code, and no where does it mention cats per se. Regardless, the Committee feels Chapter 55 of the Code is applicable to cats, even though it specifically says “dogs” and “animals.” Chapter 56 refers specifically to dog licensing. Livengood says the committee is examining the pro’s and con’s of licensing cats, but no decision has been made. Livengood said if your neighbor’s cat is in your yard, you have rights. He suggested cat owners respect their neighbors’ wishes to keep the animals out of their yards, while the issue is being studied.

In other business, City Administrator Doug Harris said a representative from Mediacom Cable Company wanted to inform residents of the community who have cable tv service, that the company will be going to an all digital platform in September. As a result, analog television sets will be incapable of receiving cable signals without a special box. The box will also improve internet speed with the changeover. And, the City Council approved a three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 234, along with a Resolution establishing the Pay Plan for non-union employees of the City of Atlantic, for the fiscal year which begins July 1st and ends June 30th, 2013.