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Loose dogs, mower thefts plague Hutchins

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RUSTY WELLER
Ellis Count Press Managing Editor
HUITCHINS - It's easy to tell the end of the workweek here, some residents say. Just look for loose dogs.

After 5 p.m. on Fridays, a few uncooperative dog owners know Hutchins Animal Control is off duty and let their dogs roam, the Hutchins City Council was told at its June 20 meeting.

Mayor Artis Johnson told the audience the city might have some surprises for those who try to get around animal-control ordinances. The major not only mentioned a city employee would be on duty after hours, he let it slip about undercover work to keep an eye on another sore point with Hutchins residents - lawnmower theft.

'We're been hit real hard in recent days,' Mayor Johnson said. 'Several lawnmowers have been taken. This is serious. Chief (R.D.) Hutcherson has someone on stakeout.'

Johnson cautioned residents not to leave their lawnmowers and other equipment outside or unattended.

The mayor had some good news about another bothersome aspect - mosquitoes. Employees are scheduled for state-mandated training in July on how to properly use the city's spraying equipment. 'Then we'll be able to use spray for mosquitoes,' Mayor Johnson said.

In other council matters during the 30-minute meeting, Mario Vasquez was approved for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Lucille Hutchinson and Billie Durrette were approved for the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

A lease-purchase agreement for a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria was approved for the Hutchins Police Department.

The council rejected a request by Darla and Gary Moore to open an 8-liner game room at 1205 Dowdy Ferry Road because it would be in violation of a zoning ordinance. 'They'll have to apply for a special use permit and come back,' Major Johnson said.

A request by Barbara Knight for a special use permit to put a manufactured home at 1636 Skyline Dr. was unanimously declined.

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