Council notebook: Humane society and city agreement negotiations continue

Lisa Goudy
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Coun. Brian Swanson, Coun. Heather Eby and Coun. Patrick Boyle are seen at the Jan. 13, 2014 council meeting.

The city and the humane society’s agreement has been extended until March.

At Monday’s council meeting, council approved the motion and all its parts as passed by executive committee at the Dec. 23 meeting. The motion included approving $17,000 per month for animal control costs until March 31 to allow negotiations to continue for that period.

City administration is authorized to extend the agreement with the Moose Jaw Humane Society dated 2007 until March 31 and either party can terminate the contract extension with 30 days written notice.

At the executive committee meeting, Mayor Deb Higgins moved for council to appoint a representative to the humane society board when successful negotiations are resolved. That motion was also carried.

The $17,000 is the approximate monthly rate that the city offered in its counter-proposal to the humane society’s initial request.

Other items considered at Monday’s regular council meeting:

• Council issued 180 free-day bus passes for July 5, 2014 for the A-Moose-ing Race. Council denied the representatives’ request for extended transit services for July 5, but authorized the fundraising event to use city-owned facilities and parks pending approval and subject to any additional fees that might apply prior to July 5. Representatives of the A-Moose-ing Race will be responsible for approaching third-party facilities for appropriate approvals.

• Council appointed the following people to the Moose Jaw Public Library Board: Coun. Dawn Luhning as council representative, Walt Yakiwchuk, Terry Gabel, Doris Dunphy, Janice Lamb, Gordon (Eddy) Moore, Gayle Jones, Rae Trites, Stirling Millar and Sherri Lepitzki as citizens-at-large with a term to expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

• Luhning, Dunphy and Lepitzki were appointed to the Palliser Regional Library Board with a term expiration date of Dec. 31, 2015.

• Councillors received and filed notice of the next development appeals board meeting scheduled for Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Committee Room B at city hall.

• Council received and adopted the minutes of the recent meetings of the personnel committee, the executive committee, the youth advisory committee, the municipal planning commission and the heritage advisory committee.

In the municipal planning commission minutes, council tabled the proposed subdivision regarding a communication antenna support structure.

• Brian Acker, director of financial services, provided an answer to Coun. Brian Swanson’s enquiry regarding multiplex fundraising. As of Dec. 31, 2013, the city has received $6.38 million in multiplex fundraising.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society, Moose Jaw Public Library Board, Palliser Regional Library Board

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