The City of Brazil and the Clay County Humane Society have agreed to let sleeping dogs lie, at least for the next three years.
After extended squabbling over the terms and cost of previous CCHS proposals, council members and humane society executives finally inked a formal agreement. The city council voted to approve a three-year contract with the humane society at its meeting Tuesday.
The council had agreed to a base contract amount of $25,000 at its Nov. 22 session, and the humane society submitted two new contracts for consideration by city officials Dec. 8. One outlined a one-year agreement, while the other offered a three-year contract with a percentage-based increase each year.
City Attorney Joe Trout said he had read each contract carefully and made some minor corrections. But he indicated that the new contracts mirrored the 2006 CCHS contract with Clay County, as the council had previously requested. CCHS Director Rick Moore agreed to make the adjustments Trout suggested.
"I see no problems with the changes (Trout) has made," Moore said.
At one point, some city officials had given up on a contract with the humane society for 2006. Negotiations steadily deteriorated after the CCHS tendered its first contract proposal in July. The Brazil Times reported Oct. 31 that Mayor Tom Arthur had ended negotiations with the humane society, opting instead for a city-adminstrated animal control plan.
But talks soon resumed, and when Councilman James Sheese suggested an amount of $25,000 at the council's Nov. 22 meeting, Moore consulted with the CCHS members in attendance and promptly accepted.
Moore told the council he would submit the final draft of the contract, altered according to Trout's specifications, by Friday. But despite that loose end, the city's 2006 animal control program has been officially settled.
Councilman James Sheese indicated he was relieved to have resolved the humane society issue.
"This way, we can build it into our budget and not have this to go through next year," he said.