The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously approved a first reading of an amended animal control ordinance.

The proposed ordinance aims to use stricter leash laws to deal with the problem of unaccompanied dogs wandering the streets.

The assembly also approved a first reading of an ordinance that would add fines for failure to have proper pet licenses and vaccinations.

Both proposed ordinances will go to a public hearing and second reading at the Oct. 14 assembly meeting.

Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch updated the assembly on problems at the pool. He said three major things went wrong at the same time.

“Lately, it just seems like everything has gone downhill at once,” Jabusch said. “The legislature—we did get a grant to do an assessment, to get an architect to help us go through and look at mechanical, we’ve got some problems there. The heating thing—the domestic hot water for showers went out.”

Jabusch also mentioned negotiations are at a standstill with union workers at the Tyee Lake power plant. The Southeast Alaska Power Agency employees, formerly of the Thomas Bay Power Authority, are concerned about new health insurance plans.

The assembly also agreed to use remaining state grant funds to pave the Marine Service Center entrance on the side closest to the Nolan Center. It will extend Silvernail Road to the Marine Service Center and alleviate drainage problems the unpaved area has caused for nearby businesses.