SOUTH BEND -- A vote to amend the county animal control ordinance
resulted in some passive aggressive posturing Tuesday on the parts of
Commissioners Dave Thomas and Bob Kovach, both Democrats.
The amendment, which passed the County Council by a vote of 9-0 on
Feb. 14, seeks to alter the distribution of animal licensing fees in
the county to the benefit of the Humane Society and local
During Tuesday's meeting, Thomas, who is opposed to parts of the
animal control ordinance, moved to veto the amendment, prompting
Kovach to respond, "I do not intend to second the motion, so therefore
it dies for lack of a second."
Board President Andy Kostielney, a Republican, did not attend the meeting.
Kovach then made a motion to pass the amendment, saying, "I now make a
futile motion, because I know my motion will die for lack of a
The motion died as predicted, at which point Thomas, noting that
ordinances passed by the council become law if not acted upon within
10 days, asked attorney Anthony Zappia how the board should proceed.
Zappia responded that, in order to act within that time frame, the