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Dearing Clean Community ordinance enforced

Several months ago, the Dearing Town Council began enforcement of the Clean Community Act by sending letters to property owners who have trash or unkempt property that is hazardous or an eyesore. The letters gave a deadline for people to clean their property or they will be charged a fine.

Mayor Sean Kelley said there has been good response from the letters, and the town is showing improvement. However, further action will be taken against the owner of property on McGahee Street where several automobiles have been abandoned. The Mayor said letters have been sent to the owner this year and in previous years by his predecessor.

After consulting with the town's lawyer, Mayor Kelley said the vehicles will be towed and sold to scrap dealers. The money collected from the sale will be used to pay the towing fee. If any expenses are left unpaid, Mayor Kelley said the town will take the owner to Probate Court.

"The problem will be resolved by the next council meeting," the Mayor said.

Belle Meade sewer line installation to begin

McDuffie County has issued the notice to proceed on the sewer line project at Belle Meade subdivision. Contractors will now have nine months to install 6.7 miles of collector lines throughout Belle Meade.

Contractors and equipment will probably be seen beginning Monday, July 17, as work on the $7.3 million project commences.

The Belle Meade line is part of the overall 9.3 mile project which also includes Dallas Drive and the Georgia 150 area. These improvements are being funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue and a loan and grant from the USDA.

Animals poisoned in Dearing

Two Dearing residents came to the Town Council's July meeting Monday night to complain about recent incidents of cruelty to animals. Tonya Griffin, an admitted adoptive parent to nearly any stray, said at least 30 cats and kittens have mysteriously disappeared from her residence since June. Ms. Griffin reported several of her cats died last week.

Noel Burke also came and relayed the story of two dogs he was pet sitting for a relative recently died. Both of Mr. Burke's animals, and one of Ms. Griffins' were poisoned with antifreeze, according to veterinarians at the Wester Vet Clinic. Ms. Griffin said the vet told her the animals died as a result "of a tremendous amount of antifreeze ingested," and she worries that a child could also ingest the poison.

Mrs. Griffin wanted the public to know how cruel antifreeze poisoning is, and the suffering it caused the animals. The two dog cases from last Thursday night were reported to McDuffie County Sherriff's Deputy Sgt. Mike Hobbs. A suspect in the animal poisoning was identified.

Mrs. Griffin said she admits she has "a population problem" with her cats, but she is in the process of having them all spayed and neutered.

Dearing Council Member Judson Story said he hopes the eyes and ears of the town's newly formed Neighborhood Watch Program might catch the suspect in the act.

Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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