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City nears signing of animal contract

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Chrystll Owens
Nothing has been finalized, but a contract for animal control in the City of Brazil could be in place Thursday.

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At a special meeting Jan. 6, the city council rescinded its contract offer to the local shelter.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.


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If she gets this contract, I hope she does a better job than she did when she was at the shelter!! IMO, she really screwed things up when she was there. Her "people skills" suck, too. I had the misfortune of having to talk to her one time when she worked at the shelter. She was very cocky & arrogant & acted like she could care less if the animals lived or died. That is the impression I got of her! I doubt that she has changed any.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Jan 20, 2009, at 10:21 PM

She was fired from there two times. Her ecord should speak for itself!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 7:28 AM

sassypants as you like to tell everyone I think you need spell check. See your just like the rest of us. Not being rude but hey thats what you always do to people.

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 8:34 AM

I would really like to see more information about this business......... perhaps a website showing a business plan and articles of incorporation? Are they going to take the city's money, pick up these animals, and leave them in free range pens to multiply at will?

-- Posted by KTEAPayne on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 8:44 AM

Thank for your rude remark kd.

Let the record show I am human.... more so, HUMANE!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 9:39 AM

Your right kd if you look online and every story in here has her on it saying something about everything. I wonder if she just does not have anything else to do. LOL

-- Posted by whathappen on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 10:30 AM

For a second there, I thought I was back in good old Brazil Junior High School.

I guess the third time is a charm. Has anyone asked why Mrs. Ownes was fired twice from the Humane Shelter? In today's environment (privacy issues), I am sure that will not be disclosed.

-- Posted by madman36 on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 11:28 AM

I am guessing if you have the time to read EVERY story on here... you don't have much of a life either!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:04 PM

Is there bickering about bickering going on ? Everyone has the right to address issues on however many sights they wish, also people can and do change, surely the firings were looked into prior to possibly signing a contract.

-- Posted by Centered on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:05 PM

How is the Humane Socitey classified? If it is classed as a private or non for profit or what does anyone know. I just wondered cause would that go by if they have to show records? I dont understand how someone can do the same job for 1/2 the price. But I do think there kennels are outside at Owens not inside. Also Sassypants I was just doing to you what you do to all us doesnt feel good does it.

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:34 PM

kd

Not stooping to your level.

The point is there are many problems at the HUMANE shelter and things need to change!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 1:12 PM

What is wrong with this picture someone wants to help the animals and is willing to take a contract for 1/2 the money does it matter. As long as the animals are being taken care of and out of harms way i mean really,I have went to the shelter and she has been nothing but nice the whole staff was.

And about her history with the shelter makes you wonder if they fired her twice why did they bring her back again HUMMMMMMM. I went to the website and it looks normal with her being a private rescue and taking the contract as a private rescue. Would People of Brazil want to have this person back out because of all the drama and then the shelter force the city to go with them because we do pay county taxes but the shelter will not pick up our animals. Look at what happen to that little chow dog it would have died if it was not picked up. The shelter was not going to pick it up.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 1:33 PM

There are to many problems at the shelter and they need to be fixed. If people are so upset with this lady and her family taking the contract has any of you emailed her and asked her what is up and why she will take the animals for less.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 1:37 PM

Can the council legally make decisions (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.)when only 2 are in attendence?

Why does the council not act as any business would do in this instance, post a position and accept applications, check references?

Was the reduction in funds presented at the last minute to the Humane Shelter? The Board's I have been involved with accept their budgets at least 3 months prior to the inception of the new budget.

Of course, we would know all the answers if we actually attended the meetings.

-- Posted by secretary on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 2:20 PM

Because the city council didn't take any official action on the contract, any council member can request the city attorney prepare a contract for a regular meeting. Before any official action can be taken, at least 3 (a majority) of the council members be present. To my knowledge, what Bill and Pat did did not violate any laws of the state because they didn't take any official action.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 6:43 PM

Has anyone seen the facility that she has set up for these animals? Is there regulations that she has to follow? I don't believe a few pens in a backyard counts as a rescue center, and she should not get a contract until everything is complete and inspected.

-- Posted by words111 on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 9:09 AM

Has anyone seen the facility that she has set up for these animals? Is there regulations that she has to follow? I don't believe a few pens in a backyard counts as a rescue center, and she should not get a contract until everything is complete and inspected.

-- Posted by words111 on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 9:12 AM

It is a Private rescue home base at that every rescue in the county has kennels set up at their homes. And it was stated that they was putting in a building on another property for their rescue center.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 1:08 PM


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