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Jan 23, 2012 7:03 PM by Matt Stafford

Fountain business at the mercy of City Council

After thirty years of business, everything could come down to one vote from city council for a Fountain man.

David Neverette owns Valley Pet Store, and has since the 80's. He's worried because of an ordinance the city of Fountain has been working on; banning the sale and display of dogs and cats within city limits. The ordinance passed last year, and some people were happy it might stop pet sales on the side of the road.

However, for Neverette, it could mean putting him out of business. City Council is considering amending the ordinance passed last year, to allow Neverette's business to be "grandfathered" in; allowing him to stay open because he was in business before the rules were passed.

"I've been here 30 years and I want to, or my son and my family, plan on continuing this business for another 30 years; what is Fountain saying to me on that? I'm like, wow," says David Neverette. "60, 70 percent of my traffic flow and half my sales are dogs and cats."

Neverette says without that business, he will have to make big changes to keep his livelihood afloat.

Fountain City Councilman Phillip Thomas, representing Fountain's Ward 2, wouldn't speculate on how the vote will go, but he did say he hopes that City Council sits down on this issue and gives it as much attention as it deserves.

The Fountain City Council will decide at Tuesday night's regular meeting, if his store will be allowed to continue selling dogs and cats under the new law. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Neverette says he's not sure exactly what will happen to his business if the amendment doesn't pass Tuesday; he says he may have to consider several options, including legal action.

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