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[February 26, 2012]


Feb 26, 2012 (Standard-Examiner - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Registering cats not required in Clearfield CLEARFIELD -- Changes to the animal control ordinance make it clear that registering a cat in this city is optional.

The city council recently approved amending its animal control ordinance after the Davis County animal control ordinance was amended, stating that licensing cats is now a requirement.

Though the city has generally modeled its own ordinance after the county's, officials wanted to opt out of that change.

According to the ordinance, the city wanted the requirement to be optional to residents and have the ordinance reflect that desire.

"Since Davis County performs animal control for Clearfield, we have adopted their ordinance by reference, except that we have a different restriction on the total number of dogs and cats that is allowed," said City Manager Adam Lenhard.

"Our council felt that cat licensing should be left to the discretion of the animal owners." Clearfield allows a combination of dogs and cats up to three animals, though no combination can include more than two dogs.

The council simply approved adding a clarification stating that licensing of cats is not required.

This was a unanimous city council decision.

Changes are effective immediately.

Council seeking overpayment refund MORGAN -- The Morgan County Council believes the county has overpaid more than $4,000 to a local architect and plans to seek a refund.

"We owe it to the taxpayers to ask for a refund," said Councilman Don Mathews.

In the wake of terminating the former council administrator and welcoming several new council members, the council voted to scrap plans to construct an animal control building.

In the meantime, the county had already incurred architecture and design costs.

Design West recently sent the county a bill that included a termination fee.

Councilman Ronda Kippen said the county has already paid the firm $28,474.

Based on percentages of the proposed project cost, Kippen and Councilman Robert Kilmer said the county should have paid the firm only $24,130.

"We have overpaid them," Kippen said.

"We feel according to the original contract, we have overpaid Design West for their services," Kilmer said.

Davis Youth Summit announces speaker LAYTON -- A speaker with Rachel's Challenge, a group associated with Rachel Scott, who was killed at Columbine High School in 1999, will highlight the seventh annual Davis Youth Summit.

The summit, for those between the ages of 13 and 18, will be from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 17 at Northridge High School.

Registration is $10 per person before March 2, $15 following that date.

The purpose of the summit is to provide a constructive, safe event for Davis teens to learn many prevention, safety and self-help skills, said Karlene Kidman, Layton Communities That Care coordinator.

The summit also provides teens with the opportunity to engage in community service and is a positive environment for the teens to network, Kidman said.

For more information, call 801-896-4151 or 801-668-3499.

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