Clay County Humane Society President Bill Bell delivered a third proposal for a 2006 animal control plan to city officials Friday, but early indications from Mayor Tom Arthur suggest the city will not accept the humane society's plan.
The most recent offer from the CCHS asks the city for a sum of $28,000, divided into four quarterly payments, to house and care for stray animals captured within Brazil city limits. But the new proposal does not include an animal pick-up service, a sticking point for the city in previous negotiations. The proposal will be reviewed by the city council at its Tuesday session.
In the 12 years that the City of Brazil has contracted the CCHS to administrate an animal control plan, humane society workers have responded to animal control calls in Brazil. The most recent offers from the CCHS have rescinded that service. Under the newest proposal, Arthur said the city would still be forced to hire an animal control officer, which would necessitate the expenditure of an estimated $12,000.
"I suggested (the cost of paying an animal control officer) be deducted from the $28,000. That didn't go over very well," Arthur said. "If you're going to increase our fee, don't decrease our service."
The humane society will continue to respond to calls in outlying areas of the county, which renewed an existing $26,000 contract with the CCHS at its Nov. 7 session. According to Bell, the sum the CCHS has asked of the city reflects the number of animal control calls generated in Brazil.
"At least 60 percent of our work comes from the city. Forty percent comes from the county," he said. "If they gave us the $28,000 and picked up the strays, we feel like they'd be coming closer to their 60 percent."
Bell stressed that the humane society bears no ill will against the city or Mayor Arthur.
"The mayor may be very upset, but we're not. We're very happy that we're able to negotiate again," he said. "There is no animosity from our standpoint."
Bell said representatives from the humane society will attend the city council meeting Tuesday, when the city is expected to make a decision regarding the proposal. Arthur is not optimistic that an agreement will be reached.
"I can't speak for the other five (voting members of the council), but there's a line for me to sign on this thing," he said. "I won't sign it."