Village might put more bite into barking ban

Proposal means single complaint could trigger enforcement

Nov. 10, 2010

Fox Point — With the intent of regulating nuisance complaints more tightly, village officials are considering strengthening an ordinance that addresses dog barking, so only a single complaint could trigger enforcement.

Language about nuisance animals is already on the village's books restricting all animals subject to frequent howling, whining, yelping, barking and meowing. However, the ordinance requires at least two people from separate residences to file a complaint.

After receiving comments from a Lake Drive resident, Police Chief Tom Czaja asked the Village Board Tuesday to strike the two-person provision.

"I reviewed similar ordinances from 10 other municipalities in southeast Wisconsin, and only…Elm Grove has an ordinance requiring two persons to hear the animal noise," Czaja said.

The board directed Village Attorney Eric Larson to draft a revised ordinance. It will be placed on the Dec. 14 agenda.

If the language is removed, Czaja said it would make enforcement easier.

"Citations would be based on information and belief from the complainant after they complete a written statement," he said.

- Dave Fidlin


WHAT: amending an ordinance pertaining to barking dogs

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 14

WHERE: Village Hall, 7200 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

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