JOLIET – A law limiting where Joliet pet stores can get dogs and cats for sale will get a second look before going to the full City Council for a vote.
The council’s Land Use and Legislative Committee reviewed the pet store ordinance at a meeting Wednesday.
The committee also agreed to sell the Silver Cross Field scoreboard to Joliet Catholic Academy for $1 if no other local high school wants it.
And, the committee heard plans for a Salvation Army store on Larkin Avenue.
The pet ordinance would require that stores get dogs and cats from local animal control centers, shelters or rescue groups. The ordinance is aimed at banning the practice of obtaining dogs for sale through brokers that buy from large-scale breeders considered puppy mills.
The committee sent the ordinance back to legal staff to set the fine for violations at $750 a day. A provision also would be added to give existing stores six months to comply.
The city attorney also will meet with pet store owners to hear their concerns.
But Councilman Jim McFarland, who proposed the restrictions, expressed confidence in the future of the ordinance.
“I’m very optimist that we’re at a point with this ordinance where it could go to the full council,” McFarland said.
The committee will review the ordinance again in May and probably send it to the full council for a vote after that meeting, committee Chairman Terry Morris said.
The committee agreed to declare the scoreboard at Silver Cross Field surplus property so Joliet Catholic Academy can buy it for $1.
But first, the committee wants staff to contact other public schools serving Joliet and Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox to see if they are interested in the scoreboard.
Joliet Catholic Academy contacted the city to see if it can obtain the scoreboard. The city is buying a new scoreboard and video screen for $360,000.
The Salvation Army presented a proposal for a resale store that would replace Century Tile at 1395 S. Larkin Avenue.
Century Tile would relocate elsewhere in Joliet, Morris said.
The Salvation Army store would require a special-use permit.