On Tuesday, City Council members met with Chrystll and John Owens, owners of Clay County Animal Rescue, Inc., 763 State Road 59, Center Point, to conduct an informational meeting.
The meeting was scheduled after the city and the Clay County Humane Shelter could not reach an agreement regarding animal control within the city limits.
"We just care about our animals being taken care of," Council President Pat Heffner said.
During Tuesday's session, council members and the husband and wife team hashed over a contract between the business and the city for animal control this year.
The city presented the Owens' a 2005 contract between Brazil and the shelter. During the meeting, several items in the contract were discussed, including changing numbers, specifically the amount the Owens would be paid for animal control.
One of the major disputes between the shelter and the city when it came to extending the current contract was money. In past contracts, the shelter received $25,000. However, this year, the city stipulated it could only delve out $12,500 for animal control because of cuts the city has been forced to make.
"I'm sure they could use the money, but the fact is, we don't have the money," Heffner said.
"Everybody is making budget cuts right now," Owens said.
Owens, however, has met with city officials stating she would take the contract at $12,500.
At a special meeting Jan. 6, the city council rescinded its contract offer to the local shelter.
Heffner and fellow council member Bill Lovett were present at Tuesday's information session. Council members Sam Glover, Brad Deal and Steve Lamb were unable to attend.
Council members agreed to have city attorney Bob Pell fine-tune a contract for Owens by Thursday's meeting, which is set to begin at 7 p.m.
The contract will be voted on at the meeting to determine if the city will use the services the Owens' business for animal control.