City decides on paths and pets

Staff Report

Glenwood Springs City Council has given final approval to a ban on motorized vehicle use on city trails, and a revision of the city’s animal ordinance.

Council voted 4-3 Thursday in favor of the motorized vehicle ban, which applies to all but emergency and maintenance vehicles and those used by the disabled.

Council members Larry Emery, Chris McGovern, Dan Richardson and Bruce Christensen favored the ban, and Dave Merritt, Joe O’Donnell and Larry Beckwith opposed it. Supporters say motorized vehicles are inappropriate and unsafe for trail use, while opponents object to limiting access to some users who rely on the trails for transportation.

Council gave final approval, by a 6-1 vote, to the revised animal ordinance. Earlier this year, council decided against limiting numbers of pets per household. Following further study of the issue by a group of residents, council approved an ordinance that lets the city impound animals and cite owners in cases in which animals attack pedestrians or chase vehicles, run at large, are excessively noisy, create a substantial stench or unsanitary conditions on their own property, or defecate on other property without the owner cleaning it up.

O’Donnell voted against the measure. He has maintained that it fails to address the problem that first triggered the effort to revise the ordinance: a complaint about a home that had more than 20 dogs.

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