Shelby County communities will be paying for animal control services according to a proposed agreement between the municipalities and the county.
County animal control officer Brad Hudson presented the plan to the County Board for approval. The plan was drafted under the advisement of Shelby County States Attorney Gina Vonderheide.
“With the expenses we have, we need to ask for help from the municipalities,” said board member Robert Jordan, who also serves as animal control committee chairman.
“Shelby county is one of two counties that don’t have municipal agreements,” Hudson noted. “Funds are pretty slim. Basically there’s no money.”
The added funds would be used for facility expenses and offset fuel expenses to travel throughout the county.
Hudson said there has been a meeting to discuss the agreement, but only a few municipalities attended. In the recent past communities were asked to provide a temporary facility for animals that would serve until Hudson could arrive.
“We can’t respond all over the county fast enough,” said County Board chairman Bruce Cannon. “If Brad is on a call in Moweaqua, he can’t get to Sigel in under an hour.”
The plan calls for the communities to adopt either a $100 per incident fee or a $2 per person per capita fee. For example Moweaqua would pay a little more than $3,600 under the per capita plan.
Shelbyville is currently paying $5,000, but the city also provides the property for the animal shelter, lawn mowing and snow removal, and shares other expenses.
“The city is off setting expenses. I suggest we leave the city’s contract alone,” Cannon said.
Hudson also suggested that the money from the agreement be placed in a separate account for a new facility.
The board passed the agreement with one nay.
In other business Chairman Cannon reviewed the 2013-2014 budget amendments and presented the proposed 2014-2015 budget.