Lula is looking at putting up signs identifying areas where the northeast Hall County city is having problems with stray animals.
“We can isolate that area and put even more signs up,” City Manager Dennis Bergin said at Lula City Council’s work session Monday night. “Those signs aren’t cheap, but they’re probably invaluable as far as communication goes.”
The issue about stray dogs in the city came up at the council’s January meeting, with officials talking then about discussing with other cities how to strengthen animal control.
Since then, Mayor Milton Turner said, city leaders have decided to hold off talking about the issue as they’re working with Hall County on a larger matter — who delivers various services to local residents, such as public safety, water and road maintenance, and how these services are managed.
“There may be a time during those (talks) that we can bring up (animal control),” Bergin said.
Also, “we are confined by the animal control ordinances that we have countywide,” he said.
But the city can take efforts of its own, such as the signs.
“I would suggest (the signs warn) about cats and dogs,” Bergin said. “We’ve had issues with cats. We had an issue with rabies a few years back.”
“Can you put (the signs) in English and in Spanish?” resident Mere Barbee asked the council.
“I don’t know why we couldn’t,” Bergin said.
Barbee went on to say she has seen a couple of other stray dog incidents since the January meeting, including a pit bull spotted loose at a local playground.
“I saw it. I photographed it,” she said.