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By Debbie Israel



October 27, 2017

The Aztec City Commission met on Oct. 24 for a workshop and the regular bi-monthly meeting.

All commissioners were present and Steve Mueller attended as the Interim City Manager.

The workshop agenda contained one item, discussion about the RFP to hire a firm to help find another Interim City Manager. Dale Anderson spoke briefly to commissioners and suggested that they leave Mueller in the position until they could find a permanent replacement. He said, as a business owner and member of the Museum Board of Directors, “We need stability.” His suggestion was to keep Mueller in the position until July, skip the middle man, and hire a new manager after the election in March.

Commissioners decided to take the item off of the regular meeting agenda so they could have more time to discuss the options. Mayor Burbridge said the next step in the process will be for the personnel committee to meet with Mueller and see if he is interested in continuing in the position for a longer period of time, as he was originally told he would be in the position for “a couple of months.”

The only business item on the agenda was approved by unanimous vote. That item was the final adoption of Ordinance 2017-467, amending Chapter 5, Article VI, Section 443, which pertains to animal defecation cleanup.

The Ordinance previously read: “It is unlawful for the owner of an animal to permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, the animal to defecate upon public property or upon any private property other than the property of the owner of the animal without thoroughly removing and disposing of the feces.” (Ord. 2007-344, eff. 2007-Apr-03).

The following was added to the Ordinance: “A person owning or having care, custody, or control over a pet such as a dog or cat shall frequently clean and dispose of the waste from the animal in a watertight and fly tight receptacle, which shall be emptied daily and in such a manner so as to prevent a nuisance, noxious smells, or other health hazards.


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