|Weston will address feral cat concerns|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:28|
WESTON - Members of the Weston Village Council on Monday heard about a few problems and are examining various options to see what, if anything, they can do.
Penny Taylor, a village resident, addressed council about the problem of feral cats. She supplied the members with statistics and facts about diseases and other problems a proliferation of cats in her neighborhood.
Taylor also noted that she had tried to address the issues on her own prior to bringing the matter to council. She had done research and checked with the health department, the county humane society and the dog warden, to name a few. She found no suitable answers.
She also said she addressed neighbors who regularly feed these cats and found they were caring people who did not want to see the animals suffer. Though well-meaning she explained these people did not see all the ramifications and health hazards posed by these wild cats.
Council members Tammy McClellan and Jim Repolesk both noted they have noticed the same problems. McClellan said she had neighbors that also feed and allow cats to sleep under a part of their property.
Taylor, McClellan and Repolesk all said they have pet cats at their homes so as Taylor phrased it, "We are not cat meanies, this is a health hazard."
Among possibilities discussed included the legal issues involved in various solutions such as a nuisance trapper, licensing requirements being added, etc.
Council President Mark Sheffer suggested trying to get the word out to the residents that outdoor feeding of their pets is "contributing to the proliferation" of the feral cats.
The topic was not formally brought to the table at the meeting. This will allow the council time to do research, including how other towns and villages address such matters.
Members also heard about problems already with equipment in the parks and playground area. Two issues were noted including underage youth smoking under the shelter and vandalism to picnic tables and playground equipment.
One suggestion was to post no smoking signs in the shelters. The council also will look into the possibility of adding security cameras which would videotape any malicious or criminal action to allow identification and prosecution of the perpetrators.
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