Politics & Government

Byron to regulate noise, dangerous dogs

BYRON — City Council is planning to rein in noise and dangerous dogs in the city.

On Monday, council members heard the first reading of separate ordinances concerning noise levels and dangerous dogs. The ordinances likely will be voted on at the council’s July 13 meeting.

Both ordinances define and set investigation policies, penalties and appeal processes.

In part, the dog ordinance defines a dangerous dog as one that causes substantial puncture to a person’s skin, aggressively attacks and causes a person to think they or others are in imminent danger, or kills a pet animal.There are some exclusions to the last provision regarding hunting dogs.

The ordinance provides guidelines for investigating dangerous dog incidents, requires registration of animals deemed dangerous dogs and outlines penalties, including impoundment and euthanasia.

The stated purpose of the proposed noise ordinance is to “protect, preserve and promote the health, welfare and safety” of residents.

The ordinance sets a variety of prohibited noise levels and conduct, most based on time the noise is created and distance of the noise from those affected.

The ordinance includes mechanical sound, such as that produced by radios, TVs and other sound producing and amplification devices, human made noises, commercial advertising noises and party noises.

The council did not discuss the ordinances at the meeting.

Also Monday, council members voted to authorize Mayor Larry Collins to sign documents charging a franchise fee to the city’s customers of Jointly Owned Natural Gas.

Jointly Owned Natural Gas is a partnership of Byron, Warner Robins, Perry, Cochran and Hawkinsville.

Councilman Michael Chidester said a 4 percent fee is from existing lines and new lines being built that pass from Macon-Bibb County to the city.

He said counties are not allowed to charge the partnership a franchise fee, but municipalities are. He said that with consolidation in Macon-Bibb County, the lines are now covered under the municipality’s extended boarder and are subject to the fee.

Chidester said all governing bodies of the partnership’s communities are being asked to sign agreements to implement the fee by July 1.

He said customers of other such services, such as Atlanta Natural Gas Co. Company, already pay the fee.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.