The following were among the actions taken by the Vienna Town Council at its Dec. 7 meeting. For more information, call 255-6300.
DANGEROUS DOGS -- The council unanimously adopted an ordinance to identify and control dogs that are declared dangerous, but have not bitten anyone.
Under the old law, authorities could declare vicious any dog that had bitten someone and could order the dog confiscated, removed from town or destroyed. But until a dog had bitten someone, authorities could take no legal action.
The new ordinance allows the police chief to declare a dog dangerous if an investigation by the animal warden determines that the dog, while not on its owner's property, has attacked or chased a person without provocation.
The chief also can declare a dog dangerous if it has killed or injured another domestic animal.
Once a dog is declared dangerous, its owner must obtain a special permit to keep it, must confine it to his property or keep it muzzled or leashed. Authorities may impose other restrictions as well, such as requiring the dog to wear a special collar.
The council first discussed the measure last summer and made several changes after it was criticized by some dog owners.
The owner of a dog declared dangerous may later appeal the ruling, without charge, to the police chief. But the council voted to impose a $25 fee for subsequent appeals.
WATERS FIELD SCOREBOARD -- The council adopted an ordinance allowing corporations to place their trademarks on scoreboards at municipal fields, modifying town rules banning outdoor signs that advertise.
This fall, Kodak offered to pay $5,000 to replace the 16-year-old broken scoreboard at the municipal athletic field, where the Vienna Youth football team and other sports groups play. But the company insisted on displaying a company logo and its slogan on the scoreboard as a condition of the gift.
In October, the council rejected the sign by a 5-to-2 vote, saying it would violate a town ordinance against outdoor signs that advertise. But the council revised the ordinance to make the logo permissible.
Vienna Youth president Angelo Salera said that while the ordinance will allow Kodak to put its logo on the sign, it may not allow the company to put its slogan on the sign, as Kodak has requested.
Salera said "there is a chance" Kodak might still donate the scoreboard, but he didn't appear optimistic.
"It's gotten too much publicity," he said.