New ordinances affect truck traffic, local animal laws

As a result of two new ordinances approved by the Brady City Council on their third and final readings, the Brady Police Department warns of new changes that will soon be enforced. The first new ordinance deals with truck routes and truck parking and other large vehicles within the residential areas. The following roadways within the City are designated as truck routes: ‘ All of U.S. Hwy. 377 within the City Limits; ‘ All of U.S. Hwy. 87 within the City Limits; ‘ All of U.S. Hwy. 190 within the City Limits; ‘ All of F.M. 2309 within the City Limits; ‘ All of F.M. 2028 within the City Limits; ‘ The Old Mason Road, F.M. 2309 to the South City Limits; ‘ White Street from West Main to Commerce; ‘ A.L. Reed Street from Second Street to F.M. 2309; ‘ Sixth Street from A.L. Reed to the East City limits; ‘ West Walker Street from U.S. Hwy. 377; ‘ North College from White Street; ‘ North High from White Street; and ‘Oglebay Norton Drive (also known as Old Voca Road) from Sixth Street to F.M. 2309. Under the new ordinance, it is unlawful for any large truck to deviate from a truck route while traveling inside the city limits or park in a residential area, except while making deliveries. The ordinance describes a large truck as any and all truck tractors, van trailers, semi-trailers or any vehicle designed or operated for the transportation of property whose weight or whose licensed combined body and load weight exceeds 12,000 pounds, any truck with more than two axles or any truck with a bed that is longer than 12 feet. It will also be a violation to park any trailer or recreational vehicle on a public street or alley within a residential area for more than 72 hours in a seven-day period. An additional restriction of the ordinance will make it a violation to park a large truck within a residential neighborhood and leave its engine running for more than 10 minutes, if its emissions are capable of being detected by any resident in the area. The ordinance also holds liable any owner or driver of a large truck which causes damage to streets or public property for the full amount of damage. The ordinance does not prohibit a person from parking a truck tractor, trailer or recreational vehicle on his or her own property. The second ordinance deals with animal control and the large number of animals running at large, not kept in a controlled environment, not vaccinated and not neutered. “The City of Brady has no Humane Society,” said Brady Police Chief John Stewart. “We make an effort to find homes for unwanted animals which are turned over to the City, but all-too-often these animals must be destroyed.” “The police department is called almost daily by persons who have litters of kittens or puppies that they don’t want. This puts the animal control officer in a position of having to destroy unwanted animals. Often these animals are dumped out in rural areas or simply allowed to run wild,” Stewart said. “It is our intention to encourage responsible pet ownership and protect the citizens of Brady from exposure to diseases carried by animals running at large. Dogs and cats should be neutered and vaccinated against rabies.” In an effort to encourage pet owners to control their animals the existing fees have been increased to the following rates: Impounded fee for animals picked by the animal control officer:first offense’$25; second offense’$45; third offense’$100 (An additional fee of $15 will be charged for boarding any impounded animals.) A fee of $30 will be charged for each animal picked up at the request of the owner.

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