Commissioners set dog license fees

By Jennifer Woods - [email protected]

Fees for 2022 and permanent dog licenses were set during a recent Fayette County Commissioners’ meeting via a resolution. The Fayette County Auditor was also authorized to begin registrations.

As previously reported and according to Fayette County Dog Warden Nelson Prater, the registration of dogs and the associated fees are in accordance with the appropriate legislation: Ohio House Bill 59 and payment to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Registering pets is not only a legal requirement from the state but it can help get pets home when something goes wrong, and/or they end up at a shelter.

Tags bought at stores or out of machines are identification tags. Identification tags do not count for the state law so, even with this type of tag, ownership of a dog cannot be proven and a citation and misdemeanor can be issued.

Payments and tag registration can be made all year to both the dog shelter and the auditor’s office.

The dog shelter is located at 1550 Robinson Road in Washington Court House. It only accepts cash payments and will only issue one-year registrations.

The Fayette County Auditor’s Office is located in the county administration building, suite 303, 133 S. Main St. in Washington Court House. Cash and checks can be accepted at this location and they can issue multi-year and permanent licenses.

The fees for dog licensure were unchanged from this year’s fees and is set to the following:

—$14 for a 2022 tag

—$42 for a three-year tag

—$140 for a permanent license

These costs are per dog and dog specific; the license cannot be transferred to another dog. The license must be renewed when they expire, unless the permanent license is purchased.

The kennel fee was set for $70.

The time for open registration is Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. If licenses are purchased during this time there are no fees or penalties. If the license is purchased outside of this time frame, a late fee of $14 will be charged. The late fee is waived if the dog has been newly-adopted or born.

When registering a dog, the information that is needed includes an estimation of the dog’s age, the dog’s breed (mixed breed is an option), the address for the owners, the owners’ names and the dog’s name.

In other news from the commissioners’ office, two more resolutions were signed.

The first of those two approves the Fayette County Job and Family Services Prevention, Retention and Contingency Plan, which is in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and is effective Oct. 1.

The second resolution sets mileage reimbursement for witnesses to travel to and from their residence to proceedings where they may be called to give a testimony in a civil or a criminal case in the Court of Common Pleas, General Division or in the Juvenile or Probate Divisions. The mileage is a requirement by law. The local reimbursement has been set to 45 cents per mile, which is unchanged from the prior rate.

Rob Herron, of Herron Financial Group, and Rowland D. Lemaster, of Parrett Insurance Agency, were appointed to serve as agents of record for the Fayette County Employees Health Insurance Program.

Statements of Qualifications will be received from interested design firms for engineering, architectural, and/or planning services until 4 p.m. on Oct. 1 for various projects in the county from Oct. 1 of this year through Oct. 1 of next year.

A memorandum of agreement was approved at the recommendation of Sheriff Vernon Stanforth for the housing of Pike County prisoners in the Fayette County Adult Detention Center. The cost, to be paid to Fayette County from Pike County, will be $65 per prisoner per day.

Pike County will be responsible for any ambulance/life squad fees as well as a $35 fee per hour payable to Fayette County for medical escort to and from the Adena Fayette Medical Center emergency room and for all hospital care and services. The contract will be in effect from Sept. 13 through Dec. 31.

Stay with the Record-Herald weekly for more updates from the Fayette County Commissioners. The Fayette County Commissioners’ Office is located at 133 S. Main St., suite 401 in Washington Court House, and their office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached at 740-335-0720. Condensed minutes from the meetings are available on the county website.

Reach journalist Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.

By Jennifer Woods

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