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Jefferson County briefs

August 22, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

Jefferson County considers dog barking ordinance

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials again are being presented with a proposed law to control barking dogs.

The Jefferson County Commission considered such a law in 2004, but later abandoned it after some local residents complained that the commission was going to extremes with the idea.

Residents said it is natural for a dog to bark, especially if the animal senses trouble around its property.

On the other hand, some residents have complained about barking dogs.

Like the previous proposal, a new law being presented to the commission by its legal staff said a complaint about a barking dog could go forward if at least two people in two different households complain about the animal.

Commissioner Dale Manuel said Thursday he wants to have a public hearing to determine if people want such a law before the commission proceeds further.

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County employee pay raise officially rescinded

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A pay raise for 26 Jefferson County employees officially was rescinded Thursday over concerns by county officials who said they later realized the raises would cost more than they expected.

Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan, who voted to rescind the raises, said he realized the move was "incredibly awkward," but reiterated his concerns about some numbers in a salary study that spelled out the raises.

Morgan said at a meeting earlier this week that he wants to make sure the raises are implemented correctly.

The commission wants to talk to an expert who put together the salary study.

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