New animal ordinances approved

Posted June 27, 2018

After more than a year of discussions and public input, the Fort Worth City Council approved a series of updated animal ordinances on June 26.

City staff periodically reviews the animal care and control ordinances to ensure compliance with associated rules and laws as well as relevant content for changing policies, development standards and cultural practices.

A partial list of revised ordinances includes microchipping, the “leash law” and intact-pet permits.

Microchipping

Microchipping will be the primary/recommended method for pet identification. Animals adopted or otherwise microchipped by the city are registered in a national database at no cost to the owner.

Pet owners who object to a microchip can get a collar-attached city license and pay a three-year ($100), five-year ($150) or life-of-pet fee ($200). The fee schedule is set to keep city expenses to a minimum (fewer renewals) while maximizing savings to the resident through a life-of-pet option.

Multifamily pet requirements

Landlords will now need to verify microchip, rabies vaccination and intact-pet status or permit. Before the updated ordinance, landlords only had to verify a current pet license.

Dangerous dogs

The new ordinance defines dangerous dogs as those that attack humans. This is consistent with state law. Dogs attacking animals are addressed as aggressive dogs.

Aggressive dogs

Dogs that attack other domestic animals are now recognized as aggressive dogs and are subject to a new criminal violation for known aggressive dog attacks. This is also consistent with state law.

Quarantine of animals

In the past, a veterinary practice is where a majority of quarantines occurred. The new ordinance allows for home quarantines as is consistent with state law.

“Pooper scooper law” — pet waste pickup

Previously, pet owners were only required to “scoop poop” on the owner’s property and parks. Now, pet owners have a responsibility to clean up pet waste in all public areas in addition to private property.

Intact-pet fees

This is a two-tiered ordinance.

• The intact-pet permit fee remains at $50.

•  If an intact dog is impounded at the shelter, and the owner does not want to spay/neuter their pet, they can pay $500 and apply for an intact-pet permit.

 The permit application must be approved.

“Leash law” aka under immediate control

Currently, dogs must be kept restrained, but no leash or specific control is required. The updated ordinance requires owners to have immediate control of a dog by a leash or through voice, gesture or other means. Exceptions include residential zones where a leash would be required and at special events and parks where agreements, administrative rules and other ordinances set requirements.

The revision requires dogs to be maintained under control so they are not a nuisance to others while allowing obedient dogs to safely accompany responsible owners at outdoor activities.

Retail sale of dogs and cats

The ordinance prohibits the retail sale of dogs and cats anywhere other than where the cat or dog was born (for example, at the home of the breeder). An exemption applies for nonprofit organizations, rescue groups or dog shows.

The ordinance encourages adopting dogs and cats rather than purchasing through pet stores and puppy mills.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the animal page.

This is the same info, as a printable PDF.

More pets get lost on July 4 than any other day!

Follow some simple tips to make sure pet enjoys Independence Day festivities as much as you do. (Photo courtesy of ASPCA)

As a pet owner, one of the scariest things can be to lose your pet. In fact, more pets get lost on July 4 than any other day of the year.

The Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center is already at capacity and is caring for nearly 700 pets. Make sure your furry friend does not join them.

This year, the shelter staff reminds everyone to take a few extra steps to ensure pets are well protected during this long holiday period:

  • Be sure your dog is wearing a visible ID tag on his or her collar at all times.
  • If your pet is not microchipped, this might be a good time to get it done.
  • Always have a current photo of your pet, just in case.
  •  Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash — people sometimes set off fireworks before dark.
  • During cookouts and backyard parties, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames.
  • Avoid an accident and keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious pets. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a pet decides to chew them.
  • Avoid upset stomachs by keeping “approved” pet treats on hand for guests who want to share a treat with your pet.
  •  Skip the fireworks. Play it safe and leave pets safely inside your home.
  • Leave the TV or radio on to drown out any outside noises.

 

Questions to ask a roofing contractor before you let them on your roof!

Posted March 18, 2016 — City of Fort Worth

Make sure you don't pay more later by hiring a contractor that is uninsured, performs substandard work or leaves North Texas shortly after the storms do.

After the St. Patrick’s Day storm dumped hail and rain on many parts of Fort Worth, residents will be searching for roofing contractors and wondering how they can get the work done in a professional and cost-effective way.

In Texas, there is no such thing as state licensing for roofers, and insurance is not required. Anyone can hang up a shingle — no pun intended — and call themselves a roofing company.

When storms hit North Texas, it’s not uncommon to see an influx of out-of-town roofers — “storm chasers” — who often leave town not long after the storms do.

How can you determine, as a homeowner, if you’re hiring a legitimate, experienced roofer who will be around after the storm season? Here are some important questions that the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association recommends asking about any roofing company you may be considering:

Are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau? Are they a member of a roofing association that holds its members to high standards, such as the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association, the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas or the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association?

How many years of experience do they have as a roofing contractor in North Texas?

    Are they insured? What type of insurance coverage do they have and what and how much does it cover? Don’t hesitate to ask a roofing contractor for a certificate of insurance and make sure the coverage is in effect throughout your project. You don’t want to be liable for accidents that occur on your property (and you will be if the contractor is not properly insured).

Who will supervise your roofing project? How much experience do they have? How can you contact that person?

 Where is the roofing company located? Has your prospective contractor just come to town with the storms? Drive by and check out their business address. You probably don’t want to hire a roofer who is operating out of his pickup truck or a temporary post office box.

 

What is the roofing contractor’s warranty on labor? What is the manufacturer’s warranty? Get warranty information in writing. Consider how long your contractor has been in business and where they are located when looking at their labor warranty.

 Do they have credit references? Ask for a list of local suppliers, and call them to ensure the roofing contractor is in good standing. You don’t want to be left footing the bill for roofing materials.

 Do they have customer references they can provide? Get a list of previous customers and call them.

Will they give you a detailed, written proposal with complete descriptions of the work, start and completion dates and payment schedule?

 Is the contractor going to obtain the appropriate City of Fort Worth permits?

 Are they asking for money upfront? End users should beware of paying before the job is complete. A partial payment for materials, however, after they have been delivered to your project location, is not unusual.

 Which roofing manufacturers are they certified to install? You can go to the manufacturer’s website to see which roofing contractors are certified to install their roofing system.

 Is the roofer offering to “take care of” or “eat” your insurance deductible? Talk directly to your insurance company to ensure that any “deal” is legitimate and not insurance fraud.

 Are they claiming they are licensed? If so, where? Ask to see their license.

 If the bid is significantly lower than their competitors, why? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is only one consideration when selecting a roofing contractor. Also, a price that is significantly below other contractors’ costs is an indicator that the roofing materials being used may be stolen goods, a growing problem in North Texas that is a federal offense.

 

To learn more, contact Karen Vermaire Fox, executive director of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association, at 817-480-1060.

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Town Hall Meetings for All!

Thanks to today's hectic and busy society, getting citizens — of all ages — involved in charting the course for their city requires more creative approaches than the typical town hall meeting.

Mayor Betsy founded Walking, Rolling and Caffeinated Town Halls to break the mold of that traditional, worn-out and sometimes boring town hall meeting with a casual — and active — way for citizens to connect with this city's elected leaders.

Come on out to our next town hall gathering to meet your representatives and have your voice heard! You might even have some fun with city leaders while you're at it!

Rolling Town Halls

Grab your bike and bring your ideas for Fort Worth. Join Mayor Betsy (and certain Council members) and Bike FW at the Rolling Town Halls. Enjoy a casual ride through a planned route to see different parts of your city and to share how we can keep improving! What to expect:

  • Casual (easy) bike ride, geared to be family friendly ... no competitive racing
  • Length of rides between 5 and 7 miles or about 45 minutes
  • Typically, the rides will start and end in parks, community center parking lots, businesses or neighborhood amenity centers

 

Walking Town Halls

Strap your walking shoes and bring your ideas for a casual stroll and an active conversation about your community. Mayor Betsy is taking to the sidewalks for Walking Town Halls. These are fantastic opportunities to engage with Mayor Betsy and councilmembers while highlighting individual districts' improvements and needs. What to expect:

  • Slower-paced “show and tell” atmosphere
  • Typically, we will walk a brisk mile or a mile and a half
  • Locations vary by district and season, but usually we walk through parks, neighborhoods or via pedestrian friendly sidewalks

 

Caffeinated Town Halls

Mayor Betsy is teaming up with other members of City Council to host community coffees throughout Fort Worth. Come on out to chat with Mayor Betsy and your councilmember about what is important to you in your neighborhood and around town. What to expect:

  •  Informal conversation over a cup of coffee at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings
  • Held at local businesses, community centers, library meeting rooms and schools

Can't be there in person? Watch these on FWTV.

Drop-Off Stations

    The city offers access to three drop-off stations for residents who are City of Fort Worth active residential sanitation customers. Bring a recent water bill, driver’s license or other official ID to prove you’re a residential Solid Waste customer. Residents may use a single axle trailer. No double axle or commercial trailers are allowed.

    No commercial landscapers or contractors are allowed to use the drop-off stations.

Garbage, Recycling, Bulk and Yard Waste Collections

    Depending on storm severity, various collections may get behind or can “slide forward a day” or longer if trucks are delayed due to excess collections.

    To receive information as soon as possible, download the City of Fort Worth Solid Waste app. If there are collection delays, collection information will be forwarded to residents as quickly as possible.

    Any service delays will be posted on the city’s website at FortWorthTexas.Gov.

Missing Carts

    Residents can call the City Call Center to retrieve their cart numbers and report missing carts. Please wait a couple of days to report them missing as carts usually turn up. The contractor replaces carts within two days so residents will have them before their next collection.

Resources for Residents

    Contact the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or email to 1234@FortWorthTexas.Gov for more information.

It's Your Fort Worth, and we want to hear from you!

Town Hall Schedule

Date  Time  Type  District

July 23  10-11 a.m.  Caffeinated/Walking  District 9

Aug. 3  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling  District 9

Aug. 11  noon-1 p.m.  Twitter  Twitter

Aug. 13  10-11 a.m.  Caffeinated  District 6

Aug. 17  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling & Walking  District 2

Aug. 20  10-11 a.m.  Walking or Caffeinated  District 8

Aug. 31  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling Town hall  District 3

Sept. 14  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling & Walking  District 5

Sept. 24  10-11 a.m.  Walking  District 6

Sept. 28  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling & Walking  District 8

Oct. 1  10-11 a.m.  Walking or Caffeinated  District 5

Oct. 12  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling  District 7

Oct. 19  6-7:30 p.m.  Rolling  District 2

Oct. 27  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Spooky Bike Ride  Water Gardens

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