Letter: Addressing dog rules, library, chili festival

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:59 PM.

I have lived in Havelock since 1991 and have enjoyed my life here. I feel as if Havelock is home and would like to continue to be happy here. However, over the past couple of months I have discovered that the animal ordinance is horrible. I discovered this the hard way when my dog was able to get out of my house and ended up being accused of biting. Now she no longer lives with us and it cost us $1,000 to save her life. The ordinance needs an overhaul, and I am happy to say that the city is doing just that, looking at the ordinance to see what they can do to improve it.

Then I discover that the library will have to reduce hours or find another way in order to keep the current hours that they have. My tax dollars are being increased by the city of Havelock with at least half of that money being used to further fund animal control. I agree we need an animal control officer and the department, but I don’t think we need to have a building to house “Havelock” animals picked up by these officials. Utilize the county facility. In all the years I have lived here, I have had to retrieve my dog from the pound twice. I really wouldn’t have any problems making the 28-mile round trip in order to pick up my dog. However, I have utilized the library a lot. I would much rather have the library here in town for all to use than the animal control facility. Take the money and use it towards the library to keep it operating as it does now.

The city says that since the county will not sign an agreement to fund a 65/35 split that the city has completely cut the library off. I say if the city is willing to fund the library 35 percent than give them the 35 percent and let them worry about getting the rest of the funding from the county. This way the city of Havelock has honored its commitment to the library, and the burden falls on the county to handle the rest.

My last thing is the beer garden at the chili festival. I would have loved to have been able to attend the meeting the city had but my schedule did not allow it. The event has been very successful without alcohol. The issue isn’t serving alcohol at the chili festival. The issue is what happens when these individuals leave. Controlled atmosphere, what exactly does that mean? Are we going to have a check point like they do at the beach festival every year? Every single car leaving has to pass through the check point. They have the booze it or lose it bus there, and they just process them right there. This will prevent those who are not responsible from endangering those of us who are.

Alcohol never adds anything to any event. It usually takes away. If you would like proof, just go out and visit my children at the cemetery on Nine Mile Road. I have buried three children because of drunk drivers. My life and all who knew them was forever changed by individuals who thought alcohol was a good idea and they could drive home. One of my children was killed by a driver who had shared a pitcher of beer with a friend (1/2 a pitcher of beer), and I buried a 16-year-old daughter.

Let those who want to have beer and chili take it home or guarantee the safety of those who attend by setting up a check point at the event. The legal limit is .08. Has anybody researched exactly when a person is considered legally drunk? How much alcohol does that take? You have vetted vendors and experienced staff to handle serving the alcohol, and no doubt they are, but what about after they are served? This is what worries me: What happens when they leave?

Donna Scheck, Havelock



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