Subscribe | Advertise | Contact Us | Deaths
Daily News in Robinson, Ill. | Crawford County, Illinois

Deaths
Subscribe
Advertise With Us
Forms to print
Guest Book
Video Library

US and State Elected Officials
Municipal Governments
County Officials
County Board



home : local news : local news
April 2, 2020

2/14/2020 2:58:00 PM
Hutsonville board looks at drug laws and feral cat problem
By TOM COMPTON
Daily News

The Village of Hutsonville is looking at updating their cannabis and synthetic drug laws and discussed a feral cat problem.

With the decriminalization of cannabis by the State of Illinois the village needs to update their ordinances accordingly. Robinson Police Chief Chad Weaver explained to the board how legalization of recreational cannabis works and how some changes to local ordinances are needed. "I hate to equate it to alcohol, but in this case it fits," said Weaver. "You can't have an open or unsealed container."

While the new state law allows for possession of up to 30 gram of cannabis from a licensed distributor, it must remained sealed at your home or remain in the primary place of consumption. Unlicensed or black market cannabis is still illegal, as is transporting in a licensed unsealed container.

The new ordinance, which is similar to one already passed in Robinson, will address these changes and those for synthetic drugs as they apply.

Several residents have complained about a feral cat problem in the village. Unfortunately it is a civil problem and not a criminal one, explained Mayor Tina Callaway.

Feral cats fall into a unique category, while they are considered a domestic companion animal, feral cats are also considered a nuisance wild animal, meaning they can be trapped or killed.

The problem is differentiating between someone's pet and a feral cat. There are no leash laws for cats and while they may have collars and identity tags or microchips they are not required.

The real problem Hutsonville is facing, and that residents are complaining about is that some residents feed and provide shelter for these feral cats. The feral cats live in building, garages, under houses and make messes. They also continue to breed creating more feral cats.

Mayor Callaway said she has reached out to the Crawford County Animal Control, but has had no response.

She has also contacted Debbie Dix at the Humane Society and was told that they would take the cats for a donation, but they are already over flowing with them. The Spay and Neuter Foundation can trap and have the animals fixed, but they must release them back where they were trapped.

Until a better solution can be found, Callaway said the only real option is for residents to trap the animals on their own and take them to the Humane Society and make a donation.

In other business Callaway informed the board that a lean of around $1,100 has been placed on the property at 300 S. Pleasant for demolition of the condemned shed and other work performed by the village.

Board members are encouraged to attend the Crawford County Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in support of the sewer project grant presentation. Connor and Connor Engineering will be presenting the grant proposal the board for consideration.

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, March 10.





Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search



ExtrasVideo LibraryLife
Site Design and Content Copyright 2020 Robinson Daily News
Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved