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GBC has more questions for Humane Society

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Plans special meeting to discuss contract

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GUN BARREL CITY–During the Nov. 16 Gun Barrel City (GBC) Council meeting, Mayor David Skains clarified his reasoning for the veto of the Humane Society at Cedar Creek Lake’s request of $350 per month during the October meeting. “The purpose of my veto last month regarding the service contract with the HSCCL was because council did not address the cost from $1,250 per month to $1,600 per month, a change in the two-year contract,” Skains explained. He stated that the City’s Attorney Blake Armstrong, suggested an addendum to the current contract would be appropriate.
Skains stated that he requested a profit and loss statement and what costs are paid by the 13 listed clients from the HSCCL but was directed to make an appointment with the HSCCL certified public accountant. He continued his explanation stating that GBC reached out to the majority of the 13 entities and were told they pay $50 to $55 per animal on a pay as you go basis. “So what is Gun Barrel City’s fair share?” asks Skains. “The request Ms. Ainsworth emailed to us was $48,000 would be our fair share. If that’s the case and we average that out per animal over the last four years we would be looking at $137.52. Not the $50-55 that other cities are paying,” said Skains. He says this would be well above what any of the other cities or counties have paid. Skains stated that the four-year average of animals impounded is 349. He claims that if the current rate paid out by other entities applied to GBC the total amount would be $19,145. “Considerably less than what we are being told is our fair share,” said Skains.
HSCCL Board President Lanette Ainsworth told The Monitor that she was not at liberty to share the details of contracts and/or the contracts between HSCCL and other entities with Gun Barrel City. “At this point, we have answered all the questions posed by the council at the meeting, provided a proposed addendum to the original contract, provided our reports of animal intake and offered to allow a meeting between Mayor Skains and the council members with our accountant to discuss the Shelter’s Profit and Loss statement to address their concerns, if any, about HSCCL’s basis for requesting the emergency $350 per month increase,” Ainsworth stated.
Council Member Richard Yaws agreed with Skains’ proposal that GBC begin paying on a pay as you go basis as other cities are currently doing, however without HSCCL representatives at the meeting to continue the discussion, council voted to table the agenda item. Council also stated that a special meeting would be called as soon as both the HSCCL representatives and council were available to make a final decision on the contract and funds.
In other business, council:
• Approved the adoption of Ordinance No. O-2021-045 adopting the 30th supplement to the Code of Ordinances as published by American Legal Publishing Company.
• Approved an award bid to Texas Bit and authorize the City Manager to enter into negotiations for the Welch Road reconstruction Phase II project.
• Approved the adoption of Ordinance No. O-2021-044 amending the comprehensive land use plan and map of the city.
• Approved the replatting of lots 91 and 92 in the Tamarack subdivision, belonging to Linda Cole physically located at 215 Longleaf Street into one lot, Lot 91R.
• Approved the adoption of Ordinance No. O-2021-43 rezoning a 4.37-acre tract of land situated in the J. Cargale Survey, Abstract No. 162 and the W. Hockiday Survey, Abstract No. 282, being part of the 7.06 tract of land conveyed to TRP Cedar Isle LTD from townhouse residential District (R-TH) to single family detached residential district (R4A).
• Approved a preliminary plat for the Pittman Isle Subdivision, a 4.37-acre tract of land situated in the J. Cargale Survey, Abstract No. 162 and the W. Hockiday Survey, Abstract No. 282 being part of the 7.06 tract of land conveyed to TRP Cedar Isle LTD.

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