MINER - The Miner Board of Aldermen approved an animal abuse ordinance during their regular meeting Tuesday but denied a request for the police station to serve as the area's game check station.
Peggy Holman, alderman, said she had received calls about someone trapping squirrels and cats and disposing of them, although they had no evidence the animals were killed.
Blake Pearson, city attorney, said most fines in Miner are limited to $300 but the ordinance could be passed to include a range so judges could fine at their discretion based on the severity of the abuse.
The Board approved the ordinance, which makes it illegal to purposely kill an animal or cause it injury in addition to requiring pet owners to provide adequate care for their pets and control them, with possible fines ranging from $100 to $500.
Later in the meeting, Police Chief Roger Moore asked the Board to approve a request from Scott County Game Warden Leother Branch for the Miner Police Station to act as the area's deer check and turkey check stations.
"It's basically the only 24-hour facility there is now," Moore said, as the previous check station closed down.
The department would have received about $350 for deer season and another $50 if they got even a single turkey checked simply for filling out a few stickers and attaching a steel band.
Moore even volunteered to provide the extra help that might be needed on opening day for the hunting seasons.
He added that the Charleston, East Prairie, Dexter police stations and New Madrid County Sheriff's Department all provide the service for their areas.
The Board decided against the proposal, however, as Branch needed an answer by today.
Deloris Smith added that it would "take away from the professionalism of the department."
In other business by the Board:
* A resolution updating the city's bank account signature cards was approved to include Treasurer Lorraine Simpson, City Clerk Janet Tuttle and Mayor Mitch Thompson.
* A $1,000 donation to the Sikeston Youth Soccer League to help pay expenses for out-of-town and out-of-state referees for the tournament scheduled for Nov. 6-7 was approved. The money will come from the tourism fund like last year.
Amy Hay, who asked the Board for the donation, said the tournament last year brought in 135 teams and even more are expected this year.