The Robbins Board of Commissioners on Thursday tabled a pair of proposed animal control ordinances involving free-roaming chickens and tied-up dogs.

An ordinance to allow chickens on residential properties within the town limits was drafted earlier this year, but never adopted. Brandon Emory, the town’s code enforcement officer, says he has since received complaints “about chickens running loose” in Robbins. 

“The question is, how do we get those chickens, and what do we do with them once we have them?” he said. 

The other proposed ordinance aims to prevent dog owners from keeping their pets chained or tethered outdoors. It was proposed in November by Commissioner Kevin Stewart, who said at the time there were dogs in Robbins that had suffered visible injuries from being chained to fences and trees for extended periods of time. 

David Lambert, the town’s manager, suggested delaying discussion of the proposed dog tethering ordinance. Many of the town’s ordinances, he said, are modeled after ordinances in Moore County that may soon be revised.

“If we do this and they rewrite the rules, we’re going to have to come back and redo it,” Lambert said. 

Some residents, he added, have voiced concern that dog owners may release their pets instead of complying with the ordinance, which would lead to a surge in stray animals. 

“If we have this ordinance and we don’t provide education and resources, then (the stray dog problem) could increase,” he said. 

Lambert said tabling the matter would allow his staff more time to do research and “plan a strategic community outreach plan.” 

The board is expected to revisit both of the proposed ordinances in February. 

In other business, the commissioners: 

• Adopted a series of amendments to the town’s existing ordinance on debris collection. The changes are mostly designed to clarify language in the ordinance and provide better-defined guidelines for the curbside collection of tree limbs and leaf-burning, which is prohibited in Robbins.

• Adopted an amended ordinance on time limits for parked vehicles. The ordinance now allows motorists to park for two hours on either side of Middleton Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for 15 minutes in front of the town municipal building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and for two hours on either side of Salisbury Street between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

• Approved a resolution allowing Lambert to begin negotiations with the Wooten Company for engineering services. The town was awarded a grant to create a Water Asset Management Plan, and needs an engineering firm to oversee the process.


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