For months, this issue has been at the forefront of discussions throughout the town and at council meetings. Monday, Councilman Cathy Riggs made a motion to adopt the ordinance but after three attempts to get a second, the motion died.
Many of the 40 to 50 in attendance clapped with approval.
Mayor Lanis White warned those in the audience, “let’s control ourselves and not have another outburst.”
At the very end of the meeting is when a verbal dispute took place between Riggs and citizen Dot Noah, who happen to be neighbors.
Noah’s son, Greg Noah, is the owner of Noah Livestock and Kennels. He breeds dogs and that is how he makes his living. Dot Noah clamed Riggs has stated “she is unable to sit on her porch and drink her morning coffee.”
“I know the dogs bark,” Dot Noah said. “But that is how he makes his living.
“I’m just hurt. I thought we had good neighbors. I would not do that to one of your kids Cathy.”
Riggs said that when she and her family have to get up at 5 a.m. and go their separate ways, there are many mornings they are awakened by barking dogs at 1 a.m.
“There are more people in this community complaining about this than just me,” Riggs said. “I’ve been getting some calls and got some about a week ago.”
By the time Dot Noah left the meeting, she was upset and in tears.
Jimmy “Bear” Noah said the town does not need to waste any more money concerning a dog noise ordinance.
“We can better spend our money,” Jimmy Noah said. “I like to see everything be free. We’re here wanting to impose restrictions on ourselves.
“We are a farming community. Everybody here knows each other and we all grew up together. I’d like to see us all get a long and make the world a little better.”
“I beg your pardon, this town is not a farming community,” Riggs said.