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Pain clinics and puppy dogs addressed in new Rogersville ordinances

December 11th, 2013 11:56 am by Jeff Bobo

Pain clinics and puppy dogs addressed in new Rogersville ordinances

ROGERSVILLE — Placing restrictions on pain clinics and puppy dogs were the subjects of two ordinances approved on first reading Tuesday by the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Questions arose last month as to whether a new suboxone clinic had moved into Rogersville recently.

Although the question remains unanswered, last month the BMA directed City Attorney Bill Phillips to draft a proposal limiting where pain clinics can operate within the city.

The ordinance approved 6-0 Monday requires all pain management, methadone and substance abuse clinics to be located within the M-1 (manufacturing) zone.

Rogersville currently has three areas zoned M-1, including the former International Playing Card and Label property on Main Street, the Holston Electric Cooperative on Main Street and the Rogersville Industrial Park just off Highway 11-W on the western outskirts of the city.

The ordinance also states that a pain management clinic, substance abuse treatment facility or methadone clinic cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school, church, day care facility, mortuary, hospital or establishment that sells alcoholic beverages.

The second ordinance approved by the BMA on Tuesday prohibits “dogs, companion animals and wildlife” from attending any municipal festivals.

Event organizers including Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker had requested the ordinance due to people bringing pets — mainly dogs, but occasionally other types of animals — to city festivals such as Heritage Days, cruise-ins, trunk or treat or the Fourth of July celebration.

Barker said some people were bringing large dogs to festivals that not only scared other patrons, but also left droppings that she and other organizers had to clean up.

The ordinance identifies companion animals as “dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and species that a reasonable person would consider to be a pet.”

Barker had previously told the board someone occasionally brought a boa constrictor to festivals, which made other people nervous.

That ordinance was approved 6-0 as well. Phillips said he will amend the animal ordinance to permit personal care animals before the ordinance is considered for its third and final reading.

In other business Tuesday the BMA:

• Heard a report from Barker that so far in 2013 Rogersville has gained 16 new businesses that created 73 new jobs.
“We’ve had a great year, and I want the citizens out here to know that we’ve had a great year,” said Mayor Jim Sells. “I want them to have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I feel like the city is going in the right direction. I can’t say enough about the board we have, and the job they do. It’s a thankless job and don’t get a lot of credit.”

• Approved the appointment of Michelle Stewart to replace Jennifer Winegar on the Historic Preservation Commission.

• Approved a low bid of $22,287.25 from W.L. Construction for the Swift Park paving project, which includes the basketball court, parking lot and east Stanifer Street. The work is scheduled to be completed next spring.

• Authorized this year’s city employee Christmas Bonus at $50 after taxes are removed.

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