The Bloomfield council voted unanimously last night to amend Chapter 134 of the township code, “Animals,” to officially move the responsibility for the Bloomfield Animal Shelter to Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg.
The move, which was initially approved at last week’s conference meeting, removes the shelter from the jurisdiction of the Health Department and Board of Health. It will be finalized on second reading at the next regular meeting of the council on Tuesday, February 19.
Resident Pat Gilleran spoke during the public comment period to point out that there is a measure in the township’s animal ordinance allowing the sale of any impounded animals that are not reclaimed by their owners. Mayor McCarthy explained that the ordinance had been on the books for many years, dating back to the 1920s or 1930s, and that no animals are currently being auctioned off or sold. He said that once the responsibility for the shelter is transferred to Township Administrator Ehrenburg, that Ehrenburg would then go over the ordinances pertaining to the animals and recommend any amendments that are needed.
An ordinance to amend Chapter 254, “Vehicles and Traffic,” was also passed on first reading. The change will prohibit commercial vehicles over 5,000 lbs. from parking overnight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the public streets. Taxicabs will also be prohibited from parking overnight on the streets, although exceptions will be allowed.
At the beginning of the meeting, proclamations were read designating February as Black History Month, and celebrating February 3-9, 2013, as Boy Scout Week.
The next Bloomfield council meeting will be a conference meeting to be held on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Law Enforcement Building.