An ordinance to control vicious dogs and an interlocal agreement among Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and the state to fund and manage the Salt Palace top Tuesday's Salt Lake City Council agenda.
The dog ordinance is being proposed following a dramatic increase in numbers of dog attacks, many of which have been serious, including one in which a women's nose was bitten off, said Animal Control spokesman Frank Crowe.In 1987, the city issued 91 attack citations to dog owners while this year 105 citations were issued, Crowe said.
"That shows an intensive increase in attacks, and many of them have been very severe," he said.
If the ordinance is approved, owners of dogs that accrue a record of vicious attacks will be summoned to appear before a hearing officer who will "have to prove, just like in a court of law, that the dog is vicious," Crowe said.
Owners of dogs found guilty of viciousness must maintain $25,000 in liability insurance, display a warning sign, tattoo their dog and pay $50 over the regular license fee of $18 yearly, among other requirements, he said.
The interlocal agreement calls for each governmental entity to appoint three members to an advisory board and contribute up to $425,000 in funding for the Salt Palace, adjoining Arts Center and other arts facilities.
Salt Lake County owns the facilities in downtown Salt Lake City but has been unable to maintain support for the facilities. The state has already agreed to assist, and the city will consider joining the funding agreement Tuesday.
The council will also consider entering another interlocal agreement with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department to secure a $10,000 emergency shelter grant.
Additionally, the council will study a proposal giving $33,000 from previous years' Community Development Block Grant funds to the Calvary Towers, a Calvary Baptist Church-sponsored development.
The city council will call to order for formal action at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 324 S. State St.