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North Augusta City Council hears presentation about animals in the city, recognizes retiree

August 21, 2018

A group trying to speak for those who can’t give a presentation to North Augusta City Council Monday evening looked ahead at the future of furry friends in the city.

Friends of North Augusta Animals (FONAA), a 501c3 non-profit group, spoke to Council about what the city has done right regarding impounded animals, and also what goals they have for the future of animals in the city.

North Augusta currently has one animal control officer – under the umbrella of Public Safety – who picks up animals in the city and takes them to a holding facility, according to FONAA president Tyler Galles.

Galles presented nine high-impact goals to Council, including better veterinarian assistance, volunteers, tags and microchips and a pet license program.

During the meeting, Council only voted on one item, accepting a deed of dedication for sewer, storm water collection and fire suppression systems of Thomas Place.

Tom Zeaser, the city’s Director of Engineering and Public Works, said during the meeting that Thomas Place, a residential subdivision off Austin Graybill Road, meets the city’s standards and that the roads of Thomas Place would remain private roads.

A vote on the resolution accepting the deed of dedication, along with a maintenance guarantee and a letter of credit, passed unanimously among Councillors who were present.

Councilmen Fletcher Dickert and Jimmy Adams were not at the meeting and didn’t vote.

During the regular Council meeting, Mayor Bob Pettit also recognized Jack D. Jordan III, Building Inspector II, who is retiring from the city after over 29 years of employment, according to the agenda.

Jordan worked in building code enforcement, particularly in the electrical field, the agenda says.

“Anyone who has lived in a home, or occupied a structure built in North Augusta since April of 1989 owes Jack a debt of gratitude. There is no doubt that through his efforts, lives have been saved and private property has even protected,” the agenda says.

During the study session, Mayor Bob Pettit also announced that Envision, a two-day planning session scheduled for Aug. 23 and 24, was being postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. No date has been announced for when the session will take place.

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