Whiting considers dog ordinance

WHITING — Following a dog bite incident in January, the Whiting selectboard has decided on the need for an animal ordinance.
The town still has 15 unregistered dogs, according to recent reports. Owners must provide proof that dogs have rabies shots upon registration, and the selectboard has agreed that it must have an ordinance as a matter of public safety. An ordinance would allow the town to enforce registration and safety in the case of dog bites.
Selectboard chair Ellen Kurrelmeyer said the board has already reviewed a draft ordinance, and will vote on an updated draft at an upcoming meeting.
The town is also waiting to hear on possible funding sources for a new library and town office complex, which would incorporate the old red schoolhouse across the parking lot for the town hall. The town voted to move forward on the plans on Town Meeting Day, and people involved with the town library are seeking funding to begin the project.
In the past few months, the selectboard also:
•  Discussed the placement of 40 mile-per-hour speed limit signs along Leicester-Whiting Road to control traffic.
•  Raised the town mowing budget for the area surrounding the town office, town hall and old school house from $450 to $500 on April 23.
•  Discussed starting a farmers’ market on the town green or the Town Hall parking lot. Kurrelmeyer said the matter is still just an idea, but that she has heard that shoppers and farmers could use more venues for local food sales in the area.
The following real estate transfer have been recorded in Whiting in recent months:
•  Dec. 23, 2011: Kylie Quesnel to Gardner Stone, 13.29 acres at 350 Leicester-Whiting Road, $40,000.

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