When it comes to regulating barking dogs, the Dickinson County Commission decided to, well, let sleeping dogs lie.
The issue became before the commission at the last meeting when it received a complaint from a county resident whose neighbors’ dog barked. The commission asked County Administrator Brad Homman to see how other counties handled similar situation.
Homman said he received responses from four other counties. They all basically had the same response. Nobody does anything with dogs.
“One of the comments; kind of like we tell people who complain about dust or the smell of feed lots or tractors late at night or combines, that’s part of living in the country,” he said. “We have tried to stay away from regulating that. If people live that close to the city, they suggest being annexed into the city limits, if they want city regulations.”
Homman said he received two sample resolutions from the Kansas Association of Counties but they dealt more with vicious dogs.
“I’d like to take no action,” Commissioner Craig Chamberlin said. “We’d be opening up a door.”
Commission Chairman LaVerne Myers agreed.
“I think I stated last week, I think it is something that needs to be worked out among the neighbors,” he said. “It’s hard for us to dictate what needs to be done. You can’t keep a dog from barking by passing a resolution that they can’t bark.”
Commissioner Lynn Peterson attended the work study session but was unable to attend the regular meeting Thursday.
In his report, Homman discussed aerial photography.
Commissioners approved $80,000 to take aerial photographs of the county to update GIS data, which the county must do every five years.
“There are a couple different methods of doing aerial photography,” Homman reported.
In the past, the county used straight down photographs, he said. Another method is called Pictometry.
“We’ve looked at it (Pictometry) in the past and it was rather expensive so we didn’t do anything with it,” Homman said. “Not only does it give you an image that is straight above it, but gives you an image that is all around. You can actually look down on property from different directions, just like you are walking around it. The other added benefit you get is about twice the resolution quality.”
Homman reported that the company that takes the photographs has made an offer, which could benefit the county if three counties select a package together. Geary County and Riley County are serious about the project.
The estimated $30,000 a year cost would also have the county photographed again in three years.
“It would give us a lot more flexibility, especially in the appraiser’s office,” he said. “We’ll come back at a later time and get more serious about it.”
Homman reported on the progress of the New Trail Church project. The new facility will require a road improvement.
“The church is ready to kick off a project and build a new church out there,” he said.
The road from Jeep Road to Indy Road is currently a minimum maintenance road and will need to be upgraded.
“The issue that we have is, back in June 1886 when the road was created, 50 feet of right away was purchased. Over the years, only 30 feet has been used,” Homman said.
Grant Township will be putting in a newer road, which will require all 50 feet of right away. Homman said officials met with the church, landowners and Grant Township officials.
“When it was all said and done, I think everyone was happy,” he said.
Homman said one sign is completely on the right away and will need to be taken down. Another is 1/3 on the right away.
“Over the years that 20 feet wasn’t an issue,” he said. “Now we’re going to need it.
“That is an exciting project to see the plans and how that church is going to go up,” he added.
Commissioners Myers and Chamberlin and Homman discussed the county in-service meeting last Monday. Instead of getting Columbus Day as a holiday, all county employees, with the exception of emergency personnel, attended the event held at Sterl Hall.
Some of the programs included driver’s safety, seat belt use and self defense.
“The Highway Patrol presentation: you sit through that, how can you not wear a seat belt?” Myers asked. “It would be real hard not to wear a seat belt after hearing that presentation.”
The commission also proved a resolution to install a stop sign on Moon Road at the 2150 Avenue intersection northeast of Enterprise. Township officials said residents of the area requested the sign.