Wright City changes animal control, adds stop signs

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 7/8/22

Wright City aldermen approved a new animal control contract in June that they hope will provide more timely and flexible service when loose animals are reported.

The contract renews Wright …

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Wright City changes animal control, adds stop signs

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Wright City aldermen approved a new animal control contract in June that they hope will provide more timely and flexible service when loose animals are reported.

The contract renews Wright City’s relationship with S&R Animal Control, an independent service out of Montgomery County. The new contract cuts the number of scheduled animal patrols in Wright City, a stipulation that business owner Ann Howard previously said was necessary in order to offer greater flexibility for on-demand responses.

S&R’s previous contract had the business visiting Wright City eight times per month for scheduled patrols and animal captures, and then coming when able for individual problem calls. Response times for non-scheduled visits could be several hours, a city police representative said in May, which is longer than preferred for situations such as aggressive dogs on the loose.

Because of that concern, aldermen asked if S&R could switch from scheduled patrols to focus more on on-demand service. The new contract partially reflects that change, cutting S&R’s scheduled patrols to four per month, but stating that the business will “devote reasonable efforts and attention to the animal control” of Wright City.

The cost of the renewed contract is $600 per month, with a renewable one-year term. The contract also allows S&R to charge small fees for the animals it takes into custody.

Police Chief Tom Canavan said he is comfortable with the contract prior to aldermen giving their approval with a 4-0 vote.

Stop signs on Freedom Lane

Aldermen also approved adding stop signs along Freedom Lane to address complaints from area residents. The road runs from Bell Road to the North Outer Road and serves a growing residential area.

Homeowners recently alerted aldermen to a safety hazard being created by through traffic using Freedom Lane and frequently speeding, so aldermen in June approved placing all-way stop signs at the intersections with Fredricksburg Way and Chancellorville Drive.

Aldermen have also discussed lowering the speed limit on the road, but are seeking more public feedback before taking that step. Aldermen are also examining similar complaints at nearby Weatherby Lane.

Wright City Board of Aldermen, Animal control

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