Vincent named Monett Fire Chief
City of Monett addresses service dog ordinance possibility
Monett City Commissioners have named John Vincent as Monett Fire Department’s newest Chief during their July 20 meeting at the Monett City Park Casino.
Vincent takes over for Tom Jones, whose retirement was effective on Friday. Vincent assumes the Chief’s duties on Aug. 1.
In other business, commissioners approved an ordinance establishing a procedure to disclose personal conflicts of interest with the city, an annual occurrence as required by the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Paul Adams requested to renew a land lease with the city for the purpose of haying and livestock grazing at a cost of $250 per month. One of the city’s lift stations is located on the property, located at Hwy. 37 and Waldensian Road. Commissioners approved the request.
Commissioners also approved a resolution accepting the annual financial report for the Monett Marketplace Community Improvement District, which involves 2.81 acres
located along Hwy. 60 and east of Farm Road 1090. The report covers the fiscal year ending March 31.
Commissioners approved continuing a lease agreement with the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri (The Monett Job Center) for the building at 101 S. Maple St.
The Job Center will be moving to the former Cox Monett Hospital facility when renovations there have been completed.
No bids have been received for demolition of a residential dwelling and accessory structure at 807 11th St., so commissioners tabled that item on the agenda.
Finally, Monett Police Chief George Daoud responded to Mayor Mike Brownsberger’s request to look into the possibility of enacting a service dog ordinance for the city of Monett, which would prohibit pets from being taken into places of businesses and food service establishments.
Daoud said there were state and federal laws already in place that the department can enforce without the city having to enact a specific ordinance.
“Any place a person can go, a service animal can go with them,” Daoud said. “The owner or manager of a property can ask the animal be removed it it is not obedient or out of control or is not housebroken. There are only two questions that a person can ask an individual that comes into the business and those are: is the dog a service animal, and what kind of work is it trained to do.
“Businesses will have to establish their own guidelines concerning service animals, however, they can not be more restrictive than federal guidelines. Anyone found to be making false statements concerning whether an animal is a service animal or not, or the fraudulent use of a vest can be fined.”
Daoud noted that those who misrepresent animals by creating documents that falsely represent the dog as a service animal, fitting an animal with a harness, collar or vest commonly used by those with disabilities, or knowingly representing the dog as a service animal when it has not completed training to perform disability-related tasks or disability-related work will be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be deemed guilty of a class C misdemeanor and be held civilly liable for the amount of any actual damages resulting from the impersonation.
He also said not all people accompanied by a service animal have visible disabilities. Those may include hearing, epilepsy, visual impairment, heart disease or physiological or emotional conditions.