Bainbridge facing varmint troubles one trap at a time

Thursday, September 11, 2008

BAINBRIDGE -- Bainbridge Town Council members Richard Cope, Naomi Barker and Bonnie Osborn were told about the number of wild animals trapped in less than 12 days in live traps by Sewer and Water Superintendent Jim Nelson.

Two possums, two skunks and three raccoons were caught in live traps and released in a relocation area. Two cats were also captured but were released near where they were caught.

"We didn't want to take someone's pet so we didn't move the cats," said Nelson. "The other animals were taken out and released in a designated area outside the town."

Once the Humane Shelter reopens, cats will be taken there. The town has four traps available for anyone who needs them.

The town council is also considering a spay/neuter ordinance. The town attorney was asked to bring a few copies of other ordinances to the next council meeting for review.

The town council is also considering making some adjustments to the Off-Road Vehicle ordinance that would clarify the number of persons allowed on particular vehicles and some other changes. This will be discussed at the next council meeting.

Ordinance 2008-3 establishing salaries and wages for the year 2009 was passed by council members.

This document states that council member salaries will be $2,280 per year. Utility board members will receive $2,040 per year and the town marshal salary will be $36,100.

The Clerk Treasurer will receive $6,600 per year. Deputy Marshal wages will be $12 per hour with the total number of hours not to exceed 800 hours. The Deputy Clerk-Treasurer will receive $11 per hour with a cap of 800 hours and the town employee wage will be $10 an hour with a cap of 640 hours per year.

The Bainbridge Town Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Bainbridge Community Center at 7 p.m.

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  • Oh for the love of god......

    -- Posted by whodouthinkur on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 7:14 AM
  • From a person who takes pride in their property it gets a little sad when you walk out and smell cat urine in your mulch and mow your lawn and run over cat fecies. Lets do something with the cats. No, I am not an animal hater. I do feel it is time for the owners/keepers to take responsibility.

    -- Posted by bearcat on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 7:40 AM
  • The next story is what's on the menu in Fillmore.

    (who assigns the story slots ?)

    -- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 9:59 AM
  • I live in Indianapolis but grew up in Putnam County. This morning on my way to work I stopped at Marathon to get an energy drink. The cashier had just got beaten and robbed. This gave me a sense of anxiety and panic the rest of the morning. I read the online Banner everyday just because of stories like this. Peaceful and innocent stories which remind me there is still such thing as the simple life. I don't mean the word "simple" to be indicitive of anyone living there either (I plan to retire in Bainbridge). So when people complain that nothing is ever going on in Putnam County, you may want to consider the alternatives.

    -- Posted by minotaf2 on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 7:31 PM
  • What would Bainbridge do without Nelson????

    I hope the skunks he caught were the ones that have been wreaking on the north side of town!!! Maybe I can open my windows again!!! YEA!

    I do wish the Bainbridge grass police would send some nice little note instead of their nasty grams to us first time offenders. My husband was in the hospital and we had a patch of weeds get over 6 inches. Welcome home! Oh well. Maybe this time we won't have to mow to the smell of skunk!

    -- Posted by AnnieO on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 2:16 AM
  • I say we put a chip in the ones that were caught to see if they get caught again. Three strikes, you're out.

    -- Posted by whodouthinkur on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 1:59 PM
  • the skunks on the north side of town (Bainbridge) smell any different than the ones from the south side of town (Bainbridge)

    -- Posted by whodouthinkur on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 2:00 PM
  • I thought that there was a leash law in Bainbridge. There are dogs running loose daily in my neighborhood - wish their owners cared.

    -- Posted by dzmwrr on Sat, Sep 13, 2008, at 12:19 PM
  • Yes, whodouthinkur, the skunks on the north side smell worse than the ones on the south side. I think it is those north side kitties that are constantly making the skunks spray...

    I think there is a leash law, dzmwrr. But who do you call to enforce it??? Nelson???

    -- Posted by AnnieO on Sun, Sep 14, 2008, at 5:19 AM
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