Glen Rose City Superintendent Ronald Bruce, Animal Control Officer Tammy Ray and Police Chief Weldon Mitchell attended a special session for the Somervell County Commissioner’s Court on Sept. 15.
The group gave a presentation to the court regarding animal control services in Glen Rose and Somervell County.
Bruce proposed that the city and the county equally split budgeted animal control costs, meaning the court would pay approximately $69,000 a year, versus the $41,000 the court pays to the city.
Somervell County Judge Walter Maynard said he is not opposed to the idea of paying half of the operation costs, but not capitol costs.
“We’re furnishing so many services. I don’t have a problem subsidizing the operation, but I can’t support 50 percent,” Maynard said.
In addition to the $41,000 the county annually sends the city for animal control, they also pay approximately $30,000 a year for a trapper to service areas outside of city limits.
Commissioner Mike Ford said it is a combined effort between the city and the county, and the trapper does help keep animals out of city limits.
Ray said she was concerned about the number of rabies cases. She said cases of rabid animals have already been confirmed in the city this year, whereas last year they had none.
“With the rabies issue and the shortage of the human rabies vaccine, animal control is in dire need,” Ray said. “Rabies is my main concern. If I’m going to cover the county I need help.”
Another area of concern is the growing cat population.
“My population for cats this year has exploded,” Ray said.
Mitchell told the court that the department has budgeted for additional expenses such as fixing a drainage problem in the parking lot, expanding the cat facility and replacing older cages.
Ray said she tries to get adoptable animals out of the shelter as quickly as possible, but also said she needs part-time help to manage larger animals and to help with animals that have to be euthanized.
“That wears on you,” Ray said. “One person has a hard time handling everything out there.”
The agenda item was not scheduled for action and was tabled for further discussion. Maynard said the court and the city would continue to look for a solution that everyone can agree on.
Also discussed at Monday’s meeting were several roofing projects. The court decided to have the roofs at the Citizen’s Center, Squaw Valley Club House and the Heritage Center inspected to see if any repairs are needed.