WILKES-BARRE — City Council will consider two ordinances Thursday — one that will update fines for animals running at large and another that will update the definition of “trailers” parked in the city.
Council will also vote on the proposed demolition of a fire-damaged property at 219-221 Gilligan St; an agreement with an engineer for the design and oversight of the reconstruction of Frances Slocum Park on Pennsylvania Avenue and Casey Park on Wilkes Lane, and a grant application for the police department.
If approved, city police will take any seized dog to the local SPCA and give prior notice to the owner listed on the dog’s license. If the animal is not claimed within 24 hours, a penalty of $300 shall be imposed, plus all other reasonable expenses incurred before the animal is returned to the owner.
If the animal is not claimed within three days, the animal could be disposed of in an appropriate manner.
Additionally, any animal running at large in violation of the ordinance will be subject to seizure, detention and disposal as per terms of the ordinance.
Council seeks to change the definition of trailer in its code to mean any vehicle designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. Council Chairman Bill Barrett said the situation has existed in the city for years where vehicles are parked illegally and are often left running during early morning hours.
He said some vehicles, such as campers, boats and utility trailers, can block traffic and cause parking problems for residents.
Council is seeking a $19,501 grant through the 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. If received, the money would be used for police training, saturation patrols, equipment purchases and Taser supplies.
Barrett asked Mayor Tom Leighton to have inspectors check a property on George Avenue that was damaged in a fire several years ago. He asked if there is a plan for the building and if not, the city should seek to have it demolished.