At Tuesday’s Hamlet City Council meeting, the board adopted the changes to the Hamlet City Code in regards to animal control.
Chief John Haywood of the Hamlet Police Department said just the discussion of the new system has made a difference. The ordinance deals with dogs running loose.
“We haven’t had any calls since the last meeting,” he said.
At last month’s meeting the council was asked to consider amending the current ordinance to make it more effective. For the first offense the fine would be $50 and with each offense could go up to $500. The defendant would have to appear in court for each offense. The fines will be assessed depending on the situation.
The city also received an early gift for the holiday’s when Ken Anderson, city auditor, presented the 2009/2010 audit to the council at Tuesday night’s meeting.
From June 30, 2006 until June 30, 2010 the general fund balance has increased from 26.8 percent to 40.99 percent.
“This has been a pretty strong year as fund balances goes,” he said.
The city received an unqualified opinion on their June 30, 2010 financial statements. The net change in the fund balance was $376, 925.
But the property tax collection percentages remained nearly the same.
Mayor Jeff Smart, commended the staff on a job well done.
And in the spirit of the holidays the city will be having the following events:
The annual tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m. at Main Street Park on Nov. 29. The annual Hamlet Rotary Christmas Parade is at 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. On Dec. 10, the Old Fashioned Christmas will be on Hamlet Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 11 the Old Fashioned Christmas will be on Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
In other business:
n Nina Winstead was appointed to the Richmond County Public Library System.
n The council adopted the ethics policy for the city.
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