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Augusta Supervisors Tackle Panhandlers and Barking Dogs

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Some people in Augusta County aren't too happy about barking dogs keeping them up all night.

Supervisors discussed a possible ordinance on the noisy issue at Wednesday night's meeting in Verona.  The proposal would make it a violation if your dog barks for 10 straight minutes in a 30-minute time frame.

The quiet time is between midnight and 6:00 a.m., and covers residential neighborhoods.

"People have been asked to basically control their dog from barking and they just refuse," said Augusta County Supervisor David Beyeler.  "And they basically say... ‘Hey, you have no ordinance, ain't anything you can do about it.'"

A couple of supervisors say this is too much government and won't resolve the issue, but the public will have their say on November 14.

Panhandling was also up for debate at the Augusta County supervisors meeting.

An ordinance is before the board that would ban anyone in the county from soliciting for money or anything else.  This applies to streets, highways and public places.

Chairman Tracy Pyles argued that people ought to be able to stand in the road and ask for help, while Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa believes it to be a matter of safety.

"When you're knocking on windows or you're halfway stepping in front of cars or where you're hollering and taunting people who are stopped at an intersection or an off ramp, it really becomes a safety issue," Karaffa said.  "When they made the decision to be more aggressive, it causes more public scrutiny."

This ordinance would affect situations such as kids soliciting for car washes.  A public hearing for the ordinance is also on November 14.

Reported by Tara Todd

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