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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Newport animal shelter Update
The iisue of the Friends Animal Shelter is on the agenda for this evening's Newport City Council meeting. Although the council had been expected to approve a contract with the Friends this evening, that may not happen. Alderman Jeff Fancher who is negotiating the contract with the contract on behalf of the city provided the NewsSource with a summary of areas of contention; "Both the county and city have received copies of the Constitution and Bylaws of The friends of The Animal Shelter and a Animal Shelter Management and Service Agreement that was provided by The Friends. The documents are solid for the most part including a member of Newport City Council and CLB on the 7 person Board of Directors with each member serving 2 year terms. The Friends will hire an auditing firm to review all finances that will be reviewed by both the county and city attorneys. The problem is not the paperwork, although there are some vague points we need addressed, but I and we are not satisfied with the stability of the new staff. They hired a treasurer who resigned the next day after being hired. The new Animal Shelter director refuses to offer us a copy of his resume for some strange reason. Until we get answers to all our questions plus wanting monthly reviews sent to Mayor Ball and Mayor Ottinger for all to review. All department heads of the city issue monthly reports for their departments for James Finchum and Council to review. I think the county has the same requirement for their department heads. We are not going to turn over 200 K from the city without strict fiscal feedback from the Friends of The Animal Shelter We want to move forward and it looks like we are. Both you and I agree that we do not need an city animal shelter in its current facility and that we should be able to work together as a city and county to make this work. I will tell you this the city animal shelter is working so efficiently both in the cost and operational categories. Except for the location, I am almost inclined to stay separate from the county and operate our own facility. We can only hope that this new animal shelter operation will be one that is good for all involved especially the community I have not discussed in full detail with any council member about their thoughts."


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