When Shawnee City Commissioners met for the last time in 2016, they amended portions of City Code regarding animals and deferred a request to close some streets on Oklahoma Baptist University's (OBU) campus.

When Shawnee City Commissioners met for the last time in 2016, they amended portions of City Code regarding animals and deferred a request to close some streets on Oklahoma Baptist University's (OBU) campus.

Outdated Shawnee Municipal Code has been steadily getting a facelift to more accurately represent changes in operation by the city.

On Monday commissioners approved some proposed changes in the code regarding animals.

The requirement that ordered euthanasia of vicious animals is now amended as a case-by-case discretionary choice by the court.

Also, an amendment was sought and OK'd to extend individual rabies certificates through the effective lifespan of the dose.

According to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc., multiple rabies vaccines are licensed for use in domestic animals, including products with durations of immunity from one to four years.

Police Chief Mason Wilson said it shouldn't be required to get rabies recertification yearly if the current dose is still effective.

Another change was to replace specific dollar-fee amounts that were written throughout the section, with references to the City Fee Schedule.

Ward 5 Commissioner Lesa Shaw said she was troubled by some of the language in the proposed changes, citing issues with several portions of the section.

Commissioners voted 5-1 for the amendments; Shaw's was the only dissenting vote.

The amendments go into effect immediately.

In other business, last month OBU submitted, but tabled, a written request to close and vacate University Oval Drive, University Avenue (also known as University Street), Chapman Avenue (also known as Pottenger Street), and Pottenger Avenue (also known as Ione Street).

Mayor Richard Finley said the item needed more review; commissioners deferred the request until its first official Jan. 17, 2017, meeting.

The next scheduled meeting is a work retreat to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. No action will be taken at the workshop; it is for discussion, organization and preparation purposes only.

Watch for updates of some of the other topics discussed.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.