Vet recognized for helping dog


Published: Monday, January 14, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 14, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Kendal Harr came to last week's Alachua County Commission meeting to voice concerns about a new development in her neighborhood and left getting recognition from Commissioner Paula DeLaney.

Harr, a veterinarian, was working a late-night shift at Affiliated Pet Emergency Services a few months ago when DeLaney brought in her dog Puccini for treatment of a scratched eye.

"The night I showed up with my little dog whose eye was scratched open, this is the woman who treated us," DeLaney said at the meeting. "Thank you very much. You were a wonderful sight in the middle of the night. Thank you for being here (today) and thank you also for your commitment to animals in our community."

Harr later said she had learned the night of the emergency that DeLaney was a county commissioner and figured she would be at the meeting.

"I wasn't sure if she would remember me," Harr said.

Puccini eventually received a corneal graft and has recovered.

No to tax cut: The Alachua County Democratic Party last week unanimously passed a resolution urging the residents to vote "no" Jan. 29 on an amendment that would boost the homestead exemption and provide other tax relief.

The party believes that this amendment, if passed, would limit the options that are now available to the local governments for generating revenue. It would also result in cutting revenues to Florida counties and cities by up to $9.6 billion and to schools by up to $2.8 billion over the next five years.

"This would be especially harmful as state and local governments are looking to improve our schools and offer better incentives to our teachers to give high quality education to our children," the party stated in a press release. "Moreover, the taxation proposed by this amendment is grounded only on the value of the property and therefore inherently disadvantageous to those of low and middle income. It also creates potential problems regarding the equal treatment of Florida homesteaders and new residents."

The Alachua County Republican Party has not taken a vote on the amendment, but party Chairman Stafford Jones said the state party is in favor of it and that many local Republicans support it as well.

Lights out: About to start a neighborhood war over the guy across the street who still has his Christmas lights up? You may have a legitimate argument.

Jim Garrett, Gainesville codes enforcement manager, said the National Electrical Code recommends that the lights not be left up for more than 90 days because they are not built to take long-term use.

"Typically the conductors are not rated for that kind of use and they become old and brittle quickly," Garrett said.

"But would I say this is something that is going to cause you major grief? No.

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