What your government is doing: Sumter County Council

Unclaimed dog ordinance change proposed; Brent Dillard honored for power boat racing world ranking

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 4/12/19

Sumter County Council honored a Sumterite who is the fifth-best power boat racer in the world and moved one step closer to adopting an amendment to the animal ordinance relating to tethering and adoption to prevent euthanization at their regular …

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What your government is doing: Sumter County Council

Unclaimed dog ordinance change proposed; Brent Dillard honored for power boat racing world ranking

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Sumter County Council honored a Sumterite who is the fifth-best power boat racer in the world and moved one step closer to adopting an amendment to the animal ordinance relating to tethering and adoption to prevent euthanization at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Ordinance amendment would allow unclaimed dogs to be adopted after six days

Agenda item: A proposal to amend the animal ordinance relating to tethering dogs and other animals and to change the timeline for euthanizing unclaimed dogs.

Reading: Second of three

Background: The proposal is to add definitions for tethering and trolley lines in the animal ordinance, a request that stemmed from citizen concerns voiced to council members, according to council Chairman Jim McCain.

McCain said Councilman Charles Edens has been hearing from constituents who want to provide for more humane treatment of animals in Sumter.

This amendment would prohibit people from tethering - defined as attaching an animal to a stationary, immovable object by means of a chain, cable, rope, running line, harness or similar device - dogs or other animals unless they are tied to a trolley line, which allows for movement back and forth and is not restricting or dangerous.

A rope or chain, etc., may be attached to a properly fitting harness or collar, according to the proposed amendment. It cannot be directly tied around the dog's neck and cannot be heavier than a No. 2 gauge chain. The dog must have access to shade, shelter, food and water and cannot be left unattended in extreme weather.

Other requirements include ensuring the dog is away from a road, not sick or injured and with enough space between other dogs so they cannot make contact.

Hunting dogs may be tethered while supervised.

A second part of the proposed amendment involves unclaimed dogs. Currently county ordinance only says an unclaimed dog in the animal shelter may be euthanized humanely after 10 days. The amendment would require the dog to be not positively identifiable and would also allow for those dogs to be adopted or given to an agency that adopts out dogs, including any person who is approved to adopt or rescue, after six days.

County attorney Jonathan Bryan said the adoption change is to bring the county in line with the city ordinance.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous

Property owners want house on 75 acres south of The Links

Agenda item: A request to rezone about 75 acres at 2834 Beulah Cuttino Road from Residential-15 to Agricultural Conservation.

Reading: First of three

Background: Property owners Robin and Donnie Ryan Beard want to rezone the currently undeveloped parcel to the south of The Links at Lakewood to create a new 2.95-acre lot to build a house.

The proposed dimensions of the new lot do not conform with the R-15 development standards, but they do conform with the AC standards. According to county planning data, the applicant has tentative future plans to build a personal work shop toward the western side of the 74.63-acre parcel, and there are no further plans to develop the property other than the one house and accessory structure.

The purpose of the R-15 zonings is for suburban living with low- and medium-density, single-family residential developments, while AC is used to preserve areas of the county that are currently rural or agricultural in character and use. A few permitted uses in AC allow for single-family dwellings, agricultural uses and mobile homes.

The property is surrounded by R-15 or AC zonings, with land to the north and south being undeveloped.

Planning data show the property is also more than 9,000 feet from the closest sewer main and about 400 feet from water mains on U.S. 15 South. That means the area is more suitable for a less dense development.

Planning staff and commission members recommended approval of the request considering it is supported by the 2030 Future Land Use policies and considering the lack of utility infrastructure for the site to develop at R-15 densities.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous

Also during the meeting Tuesday, council:

- Approved third and final reading of a request from property owner Charles Smith to rezone his 5-acre plot on Cane Savannah Road from Agricultural Conservation to General Commercial so he can re-establish what was used to be Oak Grove Mobile Home Park;

- Approved third and final reading of a request from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office to allow for an outdoor pistol, rifle or skeet shooting range in the county's Heavy Industrial District beside the Brewington Road landfill; and

- Proclaimed April 9 as Brent Dillard Day in Sumter County in honor of Dillard's fifth-place ranking worldwide in the 2018 World Championship from the American Power Boat Association.