Friday, March 19, 2010
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City discusses animal control contract

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[March 19, 2010]  Sanitation chairman Buzz Busby told Lincoln City Council members that he audited several months of call sheets from Logan County Animal Control as well as reviewing the budget for the facility. He said he found some discrepancies in about every month on the number of animals said to be picked up at Lincoln addresses.

This issue is of particular interest to the council since this year's contract rate was considerably higher than in the past. Community contract fees were adjusted to reflect percentage of use and costs at the facility.

Busby said he also cannot understand the manner that the county budgets for the facility. The community contract fees were not clearly defined in the animal control budget.

He said that he spoke with Logan County Board Chairman Dick Logan and told him, "Don't count the city's $35,000 in the budget for next year."

"I hope that's all right with you I told him that," he said to the council.

After the meeting Busby said that he did not have a plan as to how the city would handle the animal problem without the contract. But they have some time to sort that out. Their contract is through May 1, 2008.

[Jan Youngquist]

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