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By Karla Pomeroy

Resident discusses dog ordinance, dog parks with council


February 6, 2020

WORLAND — After an attempt by a Greybull town council member to ban pit bulls failed, a Worland resident approached the Worland City Council Tuesday to try and prevent a similar attempt in Worland.

Katie Hillmer said she is a dog trainer and animal behaviorist. She said she had a proposed ordinance for the council to consider that works better than breed banning. She added that breed banning does not prevent dog bites, what does prevent dog bites is education, especially among children second grade or younger.

She said there are several models for ordinances and she feels Worland should adopt portions of a model from Calgary, Canada, where fees from licenses help raise funds for dog parks. Dog parks, Hillmer said, help dogs learn to socialize with people and other dogs.

She said the ordinance could also include free rides home for dogs who are properly licensed but escape.

Training could be offered to dog owners who have a dog who habitually escapes.

“I would like the council to consider modifying your current dog ordinances,” she said.

City Attorney Kent Richins said the Greybull issue stemmed from one council member who favored a breed specific prohibition.

“Our dog ordinances are working very well, it’s a matter of enforcing and I think we do a good job,” Richins said. He added that he also does not believe any Worland city council member is in favor of breed specific legislation.

Public Works Superintendent Brian Burky said the city has property north of Riverside Rotary Park that would be appropriate for a dog park and he has received comments regarding the need for a dog park. He said he would like to put together a volunteer committee and Hillmer said she would be interested in serving and helping design the park.

Mayor Jim Gill thanked Hillmer for coming in and noted that per the city’s code dogs need to be licensed every year starting Jan. 1.


In other business Tuesday night, the council:

•Passed a resolution in support of a State Loan and Investment Board grant. Public Works Superintendent Brian Burky that he was seeking a grant for 50% ($183,375) of the estimated total project cost of $366,750. The project would be to line 1,000 feet of 24-inch outfall sewer line and three manholes. The line was constructed in 1957 and runs parallel to the Big Horn River. He said this was the line that was exposed during runoff flooding and erosion in 2017. The project would also replace three sewer pumps for the line.

Burky also reported that crews would be working Tuesday night until 4 a.m. Wednesday to clear city streets of snow with more snow forecast Thursday and Friday.

He said there is about five miles of groomed trail for cross-country skiing and biking at Green Hills Golf Course and if the snow holds, another four miles will be groomed as it was last year. He said there is a great interest in the trails with some of it being used before volunteers were done grooming.

•Worland Chief of Police Gabe Elliott said Naomi Harris was hired as the new ordinance officer and will start Monday. Celia Easton retired as patrol sergeant.

•After a closed executive session, the council approved a motion to inform Propp Management that they were in breach of contract for management at Green Hills Golf Course. No further details were provided at Tuesday’s meeting.

More on the breach of contract will be published as it becomes available.

Mayor Gill said the city would begin seeking a new management firm for the golf course.


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