The monkey is safe.
Resident Charlie Riker learned at Monday’s city council meeting that there’s no ordinance prohibiting his wife, Darlene, from having a pet monkey within the city limits. The Rikers had been approached by Animal Control and informed they couldn’t have the monkey, which Darlene had kept as a pet for 10 years. However, city ordinance states that any animal that can be lawfully obtained in a pet shop, which their monkey was, can be kept as a pet. The only caveat is if the animal is aggressive, and there have been no complaints of aggression by the monkey, according to Mayor Larry Haag.
Also at the meeting, the council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of substances containing synthetic cannabinoids or their use in public facilities.
Washington Police Chief Steve Riney said the substance known as K2 or “spice” came to his attention in January or February through a police chiefs’ association.
He said there’s no state law against it and legislation prohibiting its sales and use would take a year or more, so many cities and counties were adopting local ordinances.
“Only one establishment in town had it, as far as I know, and it wasn’t in public view,” Riney said. “It was kept under a cabinet and had to be asked for.”
Nonetheless, Riney said he approached city attorney Jeff Norris about drafting an ordinance prohibiting the substance. Norris read the ordinance at the meeting.
“I would like to suspend the rules on this and pass it tonight,” said Councilman Steve Dyer.
Councilman Art Biddinger seconded the motion, and Norris read the ordinance again by title only. The council voted, with Councilman Ralph Brummett absent, and passed the ordinance unanimously.
“This will have to be published in the newspaper before it can take effect,” Norris said.
Council members signed an interlocal agreement for the county stating that contractors hired to do work on the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow project would repair any roads damaged by their equipment. County officials have said the large trucks moving dirt from the project are damaging some county roads. Mayor Haag said the contractors are bonded.
“The contractors will stand behind that and repair any county roads damaged,” he said. “They will pay the city and county for damages to any roads under this project.”
In other business:
The West End Fire Station will be a Halloween Safe Stop for children Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Section 29: Rules of Conduct, #26: Neatness of the Police Policy was addressed and amended. Chief Riney said he’d received some verbal complaints about officers who don’t shave regularly, so he recommended the addition of a section addressing hair and grooming. It was approved.