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Rockford aldermen want closer look at barking, housing ordinance

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Two ordinances that have been talked about among city leaders are laid over for another week. Those directly impacted by those ordinances say they want answers now.

The barking ordinance being looked at by city leaders says any dog causing annoyance or disturbance by frequent barking could be in violation. Currently, pet owners face fines if their dogs bark too much, but guard dogs are exempt from that.

City leaders also need to review a housing ordinance that some say has changed since January.

One particular concern Rockford Apartment Association President Paul Arena has is the ordinance originally said the city will contact the housing board if issues persist, but now it says the city may contact them.

Arena says those have different meanings and he wants them to publish the ordinance exactly as it was stated previously.

"If after they actually try it, there's a problem or something doesn't work, then we can look at making corrections to it," Arena says. "But, until it's actually been tried, there's no way that the city should be making changes at this point."

Arena's forced to wait and see if that change back will happen.

City leaders say it's important for them to fully understand the items they vote on. That's why these particular ones are laid over.

"We need to look at that and be sure we do our due diligence on our end of it before we start passing yes or no again," says 10th Ward Alderman Frank Beach.

Those involved in these ordinances say they hope that next week is the last time they discuss them.

The barking ordinance caused some confusion today at council. One member said it was unclear; they are reposting the ordinance for city leaders to look at to clarify.

13 news will continue to follow these issues and will bring you updates next week.

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