Osceola council approves updated animal ordinance

Osceola council approves updated animal ordinance

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - A proposed animal ordinance cleared the Osceola City Council Monday night during their monthly meeting.

According to Mayor Dickie Kennemore, the third reading was approved after city officials spent several months reviewing old ordinances and checking with other cities in the state.

In addition to banning vicious dogs including Rottweilers, Kennemore said the new ordinance will include a provision that no resident can own more than five cats at one time.

The ordinance will take effect Oct. 19.

In other action, the council approved a revised zoning code for the city. Kennemore said the code, which also takes effect Oct. 19, will have provisions dealing with long range planning and ways to help manage the expected growth in the city due to Big River Steel.

The council also approved a plan to help create the Osceola Redevelopment District. Kennemore said the district will work in a four to five block area in Osceola to upgrade water and sewer systems, as well as helping to build affordable housing.

The district would be funded by an abatement of local property taxes, Kennemore said.

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