The agenda for this week’s Ely City Council meeting contains several animal control issues.
Although the issue of dismantling the gas chamber is still on the table there are several components that need to still take place, and many are not budgeted for. PETA responded to The Ely Times that although the City appears to be resistant of dismantling the gas chamber they are currently working with City Attorney Charles Odgers.
Several changes have been made over the past few weeks with the city working with Dr. Tom Sanders in the event a euthanasia needing to be performed on an animal.
One agenda item this week is also acknowledging that the Animal Control Office, Andrew Hayes, attended a Euthanasia Training on April 5, training with the State Veterinary Board. The training was paid for by a generous donation of a private citizen.
The purchase of pharmaceuticals needed to administer the injection, the safety such as securing the drug, including cameras, locks, and a certifications by the DEA are all factors that need to be addressed until the animal control officer can begin performing euthanasia by EBI.
There are also several agenda items regarding a contract for the service of euthanasia via EBI Injection by Dr. Tom Sanders, with PETA paying for the costs until the city can complete their budgetary process.
One agenda item indicates the negotiation of the contract through the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Another agenda item is for the creation of an Animal Control Advisory Board. This board is being created due to an urgency in the community to address Animal Control activities.
The board will not have any supervision of the Animal Control or the Animal Control facility, but the intent is for the board to provide additional assistance to Animal Control by identifying, applying for and obtaining grants as authorized by the city council.
This board will also seek donations on behalf of Animal Control and make non-binding recommendations to the city council on matters affecting Animal Control.
No budgetary authority or ability to modify any of the processes,licensing, adopting or issuing citations, but may make requests to amend ordinances covering such items such as fines, licensing and adoptions which must be approved by the city council prior to enactment.
The board will consist of five members, two being from White Pine County, and three being residents of the City of Ely. This is a board that will not receive compensation or benefits.
The Animal Control Liaison will be seated as a non-voting member of this board and shall attend all meetings.
All terms will expire on December 31. Initial appointment shall include two members for two years, (one appointee from the city and one from the county) and three members for four years.
Councilwoman Jolene Gardner and Mayor Melody VanCamp also have placed on the agenda item to amend an ordinance regarding dog licenses.
The decision to amend the ordinance is due to a health and safety issue affecting all animals and citizens of the City of Ely.
Owners of dogs within the City of Ely are required to inoculate their dogs every three years against rabies. Having the license due at the same times as the rabies is due will remind pet owners to renew their dog licenses.
If any dog license fee is not paid, a fee penalty shall be incurred which will be set by resolution from time to time by the city council. The fee is $10.00 per sterilized animal and $25.00 for an un-sterilized animal.
The voices of local animal advocates are being heard and it looks as though the city is moving forward with efforts to get the community involved in having a board for Animal Control.
“I’m kind of excited to get this board going by having people who are passionate about animal welfare, and who will come in and consider all of the information that is coming in, they can help us make the effective decisions,” VanCamp said.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m., and will be open to the public.