Cartwright supports dog committee as last order of business

Skye Kinkade
Though not yet certified, the apparent winner of the Dunsmuir City Council election, Ed Steele, left, attended Thursday's council meeting. That meeting was the last for councilor Helen Cartwright, right, who resigned because she will be moving outside of city limits. At center is Julie Iskra, who acted as city clerk.

The Dunsmuir City Council “reluctantly” accepted the resignation of councilor Helen Cartwright at the close of their regular meeting on Thursday, to be effective June 30, 2010.

Cartwright, who has served about two and a half years on the council, said she would be moving outside city limits and would therefore no longer be eligible for the position.

As her last order of business, Cartwright put her full support toward the formulation of a group dedicated to controlling the overabundance of unattended dogs within the city.

Several citizens spoke at the meeting regarding the problem, including Barbara Cross, Bunny Steele and Nancy Neubauer.

Neubauer, who wrote a letter to the editor regarding an unleashed pit bull in May, called attention to an incident that occurred last week in Mount Shasta, when a pit bull fatally mauled another dog.

“I don’t want this to happen in Dunsmuir,” she said.

Cartwright said town Dunsmuir was “blanketed” with dogs during the Railroad Days celebration over the weekend, and would like to see something done about it.

Cross said she is familiar with the care of all breeds of dogs, and spoke about the danger of pit bulls which are handled incorrectly.

Steele and Neubauer said they’ve had several instances where they have felt threatened by unleashed animals while walking their own dogs in the city.

With the suggestion that the committee could concentrate on such tasks as monitoring dog licensing and encouraging responsible pet ownership, council directed city administrator Jim Lindley to include the committee’s formation on the council’s next agenda.

“It has been a really great privilege working with such bright, motivated, proactive and big hearted people,” Cartwright said of her time on the council. “Dunsmuir is such a nucleus of talent and positive energy.”

Cartwright said that in her opinion, the effort to recall Mayor Peter Arth and councilor Mario Rubino is “tragically ill advised.”

Arth, Rubino and councilor Cherie DuPertuis each expressed their sadness and regret over Cartwright’s announcement.

“You’ve been an essential member of the team,” Arth said. “You are an outstanding citizen and you bring a tremendous amount of respect to the work of the city.”

Arth added that being on the council is often difficult and can be riddled with difficult decisions, though Cartwright has always handled the stress with grace and dignity.

Rubino joked that he and Cartwright were often like “oil and water” during their time serving together.

“I’ve come to have a huge amount of respect for you,” he said.