Tomah council weighs in on cat problem

2012-04-12T12:09:00Z Tomah council weighs in on cat problemBy Brittany Linenberg, Reporter La Crosse Tribune
April 12, 2012 12:09 pm  • 

Mayor John Rusch reminded residents Tuesday that cats are under the same ordinance as dogs in the city of Tomah.

"If they are outside they are supposed to be on the leash," Rusch said.

Otherwise cats are supposed to be kept in a residence and have a license.

Rusch said he has received several complaints recently of cats in backyards, some of which have been seen eating birds.

"It is a problem," Rusch said.

Council member Ted Schleicher asked Police Chief Wes Revels if the department had live traps for residents to capture the roaming cats. 

"We don't maintain live traps anymore," Revels said. "Those traps that we had purchased all came up missing."

Revels said the police department only has $3,000 a year to administer cat ordinances.

The police department does have an account with the Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter to process feral cats that are contained in the city. Revels said the police department only can handle cats that are an issue within the city of Tomah.

In other city council news:

*The council approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment to Offenses Against Peace and Good Order adding State Statute 941.316 to prohibit the abuse of hazardous substances.

*The council approved the lease of airport hanger #6 at Bloyer Field to Kelly Gebhardt.

*Members gave approval to Parks and Recreation Director Joe Protz to form a Community Recreation Center Committee.

*The council approved a request for a letter of support from the Monroe County Housing Authority to buy a six-unit apartment complex located at 515 N. Kilbourn Ave.

*The council postponed a decision to cancel the agreement between the city of Tomah and Hagen Sports Network

*Rusch reminded residents that the Monroe County Special Waste Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*City Administrator Jim Bialecki informed the council that the deal on Walgreens coming to Tomah has not been decided.


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