Council notes increase to $45 per animal
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank City Council agreed to contract animal shelter services according to the terms offered by the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
The shelter’s board cancelled all current contracts with cities and counties from a flat annual rate to a per animal rate more in keeping with the actual costs of operating the shelter.
The move came on the heels of a financial emergency the shelter faced down in the beginning of the last quarter of the year.
The new contract stipulates a per animal fee of $45 and an additional fee schedule for animals dropped off after 3:30 p.m., those held in quarantine or for court purposes. Previously, the city was accustomed to paying $17.50 per animal.
Additionally, the shelter reserves the right to put down any animal it deems is suffering, injured or has a communicable disease, or is deemed vicious and dangerous as certified by the animal control agent,or by the written approval of two or more members of the Society board or shelter technician.
Otherwise the shelter will hold animals for up to 72 hours, so the owner may reclaim the animal and surrender a fee from between $30 and $100.
The contract says tht the shelter will abide by its principles to return an animal to its owner, find a new home for it, or if impossible, ultimately humanely dispose of the animal in accordance with state law.
In other business, council members:
• rejected an offer of $322 for a lot and a half in Northpark Center, for which documented taxes and fees total $7,146.13. “It would be better if we own the property than sell it for so little,” Councilman Larry Teague said. “We mow it and keep it cleaned up now,” code enforcement officer T. Jenkins commented.
• directed police chief Kyle McAfee to attempt a trade-in with Tri-County Ford on the purchase of a new Ford SUV Interceptor to save the cost of insuring both vehicles while atempting to procure a buyer for two 2010 Ford Crown Victorias and a 2008 Chevy Impala.
• awarded an engineering contract for the 2013-14 Texas Community Block Grant to KSA Engineering.
• heard the city has changed uniform venders at a savings of $14,000. It was noted the savings will be used up on taking stray animals to the animal shelter.