No Kill Animal Shelter In Cleveland Discussed During City Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - by Tonya Brantley
Cleveland, Tn., is getting closer to having a no kill animal shelter. During the Cleveland City Council meeting Monday afternoon, Councilman Richard Banks read a press release issued on Sept. 24 from the Cleveland Animal Control which states:
 
After three months of work by the Cleveland for a No Kill City, Cleveland Animal Control is reporting that 80 percent of dogs and cats have gotten out of the pound alive this year.
At this same point in August 2011, only 24 percent of animals had gotten out alive, according to the numbers released Friday.
 
“This change is the result of direct action,” Betti Gravelle, a Cleveland for a No Kill City activist said. “Many of us in this group had been involved in rescue work and asking for a change for many years. The difference this time is that we didn’t ask for change, we created an alternative and made change happen.”
 
By this point in 2011, Cleveland Animal Control had received 880 animals. This compares to 913 at this point in 2012. At the end of August 2011, 679 had been killed. At the end of August 2012, 180 had been killed.
 
Cleveland for a No Kill City is organized into several working groups that are addressing the 11 individual steps of the No Kill Equation. Among these working groups is one that is comprised of photographers who visit the pound every day to take photos of each animal that is in the pound. These photos are then shared through social media in an effort to find adopters for rescue groups for the dogs and cats.
 
As part of marking its three month anniversary, Cleveland for a No Kill City also launched a website and released its new logo. The group’s processes, working groups, calendar of events and additional information can be found on the website at http://www.clevelandnokill.com/.
 
The following consent agenda items passed unanimously:
 
-Resolution No: 2012-106 – Authorizing the Mayor to sign an amended contract with PB Americas, Inc. for transportation planning services.
 
-Resolution No: 2012-107 – Authorizing the Mayor to sign a grant contract for Section 5303 Planning Funds.
 
-Resolution No: 2012-108 – Accepting Overdale Drive NW, Derby Lane NW and Weston Hills Drive NW as public streets.
 
-Motion – Declaring the street sweeper as surplus property and to be traded-in on the new purchase.
 
-Bid Report – Street Sweeper.
 
-Motion – Declaring one mower, two golf carts and one truck from Waterville Golf Course as surplus property and be sold on GovDeals.com.
 
-Bid Report - Request for Qualifications – Construction Engineer Inspector (CEI).
 
-Motion – Declaring four vehicles from the Police Department as surplus and be sold on GovDeals.com.
 
Several reappointments to the Mechanical Board were also passed.
 
The following New Business and Ordinances also passed unanimously:
 
-Ordinance No: 2012-20 – Amending PUD4 for the Spring Creek Development on 25th Street NE/APD40 to allow for a new access point and an additional building (Planning Commission: Approved 8-0; 1 member recused himself).
-Motion - To deny TDOT’s amended proposal for improvements to 25th Street and Ocoee Street NE due to lack of funding within the Transportation Improvement Program (RECOMMENDED).
 
-Motion – Requesting that the state address the level of service of these state routes (SR60 & SR74) due to lack of local funding. Current level of service of these two state routes is failing (F).
 
-Motion to allow temporary access for construction at Local Interstate Connector (LIC) south.
 
The Cleveland City Council will hold its next voting meeting Oct. 22, at 3 p.m.

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