Following the resignation of Butler councilman Francis Divelbiss last month, Butler Mayor Kevin Carr officially swore in Butler resident Trent Dawson to the vacant seat on the legislative body during tonight’s village council meeting.
“After Francis turned in his letter of resignation the spot became open,” said Carr. “Dawson turned in a letter of interest so we decided to bring him in.”
The newly appointed Dawson will serve on Butler council until January of 2017.
In addition to filling the open position, council put to rest the notion of changing the village’s dog barking ordinance at the behest of Butler resident Joel Brokaw.
Brokaw had been regularly attending council meetings in an attempt to have the village amend Ohio Revised code that states the stipulations of excessive dog barking.
“We don’t have the resources or man power to enforce a new policy,” said Butler councilman Raymond Swank. “The police are operating part-time and have other concerns. Dog barking is part of life in the village. It happens all over.”
“We want to remove ourselves from the decision,” said Carr. “It’s a situation between neighbors and the village just wants to stay out of it.”
Brokaw stated that he and his wife will be moving out of Butler as a result of what he says is excessive barking in his neighborhood.
Council also set the date for Butler Elementary to participate in the ‘Safe Routes to School program’. Students attending the school will meet at 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 15 to learn the approved routes.
Members also scheduled Oct. 31 as the date for trick-or-treat in the village.
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