Labas: leash dogs, bag brush

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Granville Mayor Paul Labas addressed two prevalent issues in the village at the June 6 Village Board Meeting, one involving a leash mandate and the other dealing with brush collection.

In the June 9 edition of the Granville Sentinel’s “Granville Police Beat” was a report of two unleashed dogs that had attacked a leashed cat and the owner of the cat, a man, in Mettowee Park on May 29 at 3:37 p.m.

“The officer spoke with the dog’s owner (a 75-year-old woman) who said they had never done anything like that before and they usually were fine on unleashed walks in the park,” the item said.

At the June 6 meeting, Labas announced the cat had been killed and the owner of the cat was hospitalized after attempting to protect the cat.

“Your dogs in the village of Granville must be leashed at all times or under control of the owner at all times,” Labas said during the meeting.

“I don’t care if you’re in a park, a wide-open field, or wherever you are. If you are not within a fenced-in area of your own backyard, your animal must be under your own control,” Labas said. “This has caused a lot of devastation, pain and agony.”

Labas said actions like this “will not be tolerated anymore” and cited the active leash law that was updated and signed into effect Dec. 1, 2008 under the Jay Niles administration.

The law says in Section IV-A that “at all times when a dog is outside of its owner’s residence or motor vehicle, the dog shall be confined to the owner’s property or shall be on a leash not to exceed eight-feet in length.”

Also in the law is a section describing “disturbance of peace” that could qualify as the canine’s “habitual loud howling, barking, crying or whining” that disturbs another individual other than the dog’s owner for longer than a period of 15 minutes, damaging property not belonging to the dog’s owner, chasing individuals in a harassing or intimidating manner, chasing vehicles or pedestrians on public roadway other than the owner’s property and keeping the containment area of the dog sanitary.

The law addresses cleanup and control of the animal, stating the owner is responsible for both in all public settings.

According to the law, which is available on the village’s website at https://villageofgranvilleny.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/leashlaw.pdf, “a conviction under this local law shall constitute a violation” and the penalty if an individual is found to be or pleads guilty is a minimum fine of $50 to a maximum of $200.

NYVTmedia is awaiting a response from Animal Control officer Nancy Quell on legal ramifications and penalties.

Labas also addressed ongoing problems with the collection of brush and leaves by the village Department of Public Works from village households.

“This is a reminder to people, to village residents, we’ve been having issues of people leaving their yard waste out there, out front, and it has not been put in bags,” Labas said. “If you have yard waste and it’s left out in front of your house, I don’t care how long it has been leaning out there, it has to be put in bags before it is picked up. The village has put that rule out there.”

For the second consecutive monthly meeting, Labas mentioned the DPW is unable to utilize its vacuum to suck the leaves and brush onto its truck because it is being used for a separate purpose.

“We do not pick up loose leaves or brush unless they are placed in bags. Clear bags, the instructions were clearly put out there yet people still consider to do that,” Labas said. We had an issue already, it just happened this weekend.”

The brush and leaf collection schedule runs on Mondays from April through May and October through November.

“Leaves should be placed in clear plastic bags curbside; brush should be bundled into lengths not exceeding four feet,” the Granville village website said. “Those wishing service on dates other than those listed may contact the DPW at 518-642-1815 or the clerk’s office at 518-642-2640.”

Labas continued to say the most recent occurrence he was referring to was with an individual who had left their brush out loose without a bag on multiple occasions and that it would be the last time the DPW would pick up the brush and leaves like that, for anyone.

“I am telling everybody right now, that’s the last time that’s going to happen, and it will not happen anymore, period. You must put your leaves and brush in bags so the DPW can do this service,” he said. “It’s a wonderful service that the village does provide, we provide it for free and it can be taken away as much as it was given. If people don’t want to comply to this, it’s becoming a problem.”