Published: January 9, 2019

Callery council set to enact ordinances on roads, pets



Caleb HarshbergerEagle Staff Writer

CALLERY — Working on roads without a permit and having unregistered pets will soon be prohibited in the borough as council works to fill the gaps in the town’s codes and ordinances.

Officials plan to approve two new ordinances at the 7 p.m. meeting Monday.

The first change requires anyone wanting to excavate, make openings or do any work on borough roads to first obtain a permit from the borough. To obtain a permit, a resident or other interested party will have to provide council with an application that council will have to approve before a permit is issued.

The other ordinance requires owners of domestic animals to have their dogs licensed and vaccinated.

Owners are also prohibited from letting animals run loose in the borough or from owning certain animals, including any “wild or semi-wild animals” or undomesticated animals not normally kept as pets. Residents also will be prohibited from owning any “cattle, swine, horses, goats, sheep, mules, donkeys, ponies or other livestock, hares, rabbits, minks, chickens or other fowls within the borough.”

Ed Conway, council president, said these ordinances are the latest in an ongoing effort to review borough ordinances and to fill any gaps that may be found.

“We went over the codes and other things in the code book and are just bringing it up to date,” Conway said.

Council has spent much of last year going over the code book and working with the borough solicitor to make any changes that officials felt were necessary.

Conway said the work is part of an effort to prepare the way for new council members to take the reigns from Conway and other officials who hope to retire after years of holding office in the borough.

“We’re hoping in the future to get a newer council,” he said. “We wanted to make sure whoever came in had a nice book (that’s) up to date.”