Dog attacks, construction top Pender Co. Commissioners' list

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Heather Setzler - bio|email

PENDER CO., NC (WECT) - In addition to the announcement about the Coty Plant in Rocky Point at Monday's Pender County Commissioners meeting, several other issues topped the agenda.

Commissioners moved a step closer towards deciding how to deal with dog attacks.

The issue made headlines last month after two rottweilers attacked and killed a ten pound terrier mix named Daisy. Since Daisy's death, two other dogs in Pender County have been attacked.

Commissioners decided to form a committee to study how other rural counties deal with dog attacks.

Commissioner David Williams said he would like a dog that attacks another dog to be put down after the first offense, or he would like to see the owner face heavy fines.

The commissioners also came up with a compromise on two projects involving development and road construction.

County officials are working on a unified development ordinance.  It will dictate which billboards and businesses will be built in the county.

Some people in Hampstead are concerned planned improvements to Highway 17 in their area would be put on hold while commissioners work on the development ordinance.

Commissioners decided Monday to work on both projects at the same time.

The unified development ordinance and the Highway 17 overlay project are both scheduled to start in July.

And in another item of business at the meeting, Jimmy Tate was unanimously elected chairman for another year.

Norwood Blanchard was voted vice chair.

Last week Blanchard, who has been serving on the board for four years, announced he would not run for re-election next year.

Blanchard's term on the board of commissioners ends a year from now.

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