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Proponents of 'barking dog' ordinance fighting uphill battle in Sullivan

March 7th, 2012 10:49 pm by J. H. Osborne

BLOUNTVILLE — It’s looking like an uphill battle for a twice-proposed “barking dog” ordinance in Sullivan County.

Even some of the commissioners who supported the failed original push for the ordinance two months ago are saying they won’t support it this time around.

The issue could come for a vote by the full Sullivan County Commission on March 19.

It needs 16 votes to gain passage.

The proposed ordinance failed to get that many “aye” votes in January. Commissioner Baxter Hood promptly reintroduced the measure and had it placed on the commission’s agenda for “first reading” last month.

Items on “first reading” only come for a vote if someone asks for a waiver of the commission’s rules. Otherwise, items are voted on the second time they appear on a monthly commission agenda — or later, in some cases, when a sponsor “defers” an item.

So far this month, two of the commission’s three primary committees have met — one voted to deny the group’s recommendation to the proposal; the other voted to take “no action.”


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