A proposal was presented to the Clay County Commissioners during Monday's meeting to renew the county's contract with the Clay County Humane Society.
It was the first time the Commissioners had seen the proposal and wanted a few questions answered.
"I really don't know the specifics as to why there has been such a high turnover," Humane Society Board President Bill Bell responded to a question about the shelter having four managers this year. "I left as board president in late 2007 and was asked to come back in June."
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed the commissioners that stray animals in the city and county continue to be a problem and stronger ordinances are needed.
"It is an ongoing concern and if we can pass some county ordinances, we can do a better job of slowing down the problem because all we have is state regulations to go by at this time," he said. "However, it is a never ending cycle because even if you do something to fix the problem, violators will find something else to do."
The Humane Society is seeking a two-year contract with the county, but the Commissioners wanted more time to conduct a line-by-line review of the proposal before making a final decision. Also, Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil said he has been waiting for information in order to draw up the contract himself.
"I asked (Humane Society Secretary) Roxanna Tisdale to provide a list of items the shelter would like to have included so I could prepare the contract," Somheil said. "However, I have not received anything to this point."
The Commissioners decided to take the matter under advisement and plan to discuss the issue further during the December meeting.
Other items discussed during Monday's meeting included:
* Approved a postage meter contract, pending review from legal counsel, for the Clay County Justice Center. The contract would have a term of 39 months at a cost of $44 a month,
* Accepted a Deferred Compensation Plan for employees of the Clay County Sheriff's Department. The plan, which is on a voluntary basis, is available to employees of the jail, dispatchers and the Sheriff's Department,
* Approved an amendment to the Clay County Employee Benefit Trust plan. The amendment specifies coverage for foot care in the medical plan, and
* Tentatively set a joint informational meeting with the Clay County Council for Nov. 20, at 10:15 a.m., to discuss maintenance at the Clay County Jail.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.