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May 3, 2014

Alderman to consider animal contract

DANVILLE — Aldermen Tuesday will consider approving a new animal control agreement with Vermilion County.

The intergovernmental agreement will automatically renew each year unless terminated by either party.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the agreement will cost the city about $80,000 to $82,000 annually, compared to $78,000 annually previously with the Humane Society of Danville. The Humane Society ended its contract with the city.

“We feel very confident this is an excellent direction to go,” Eisenhauer said.

The proposed fees are: $25 per kennel for monthly kennel rent; $4,920 a month for two full-time animal control officers dedicated to the city (if one were to quit, the monthly bill would be cut in half and an hourly rate of $21 for a county animal control officer would be used); $20 per animal for impoundment; and $12 per animal per day for the boarding of unclaimed animals.

During a two-month time, the city was charged for one kennel.

The city also will purchase a truck at about $18,000 under the agreement for the county to pick up dead animals since it can’t have live and dead animals inside the same vehicle, Eisenhauer said.

Eisenhauer said there are rules and regulations for the legal disposing of dead animals. The city looked at part-time employment and private services, but went back to the county and agreed to purchase a truck.

He said the truck is a good investment for about 10 years, compared to paying $1,100 a month elsewhere for disposing dead animals.

The intergovernmental agreement also eliminates the need for dog owners to obtain a city dog tag.

In February, aldermen approved an interim agreement with the county after the humane society ended its animal control contract with the city.

The agreement was capped at $8,000 a month and was not to exceed 90 days.

The city has been paying actual costs for animal control calls, which includes personnel time, food, boarding and other costs.

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