Cleveland City Council Wants To Keep Animal Shelter Open

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - by Sarah Ruf

Once again, the city of Cleveland plans on asking the Bradley County Commission to keep its animal control contract for fiscal year 2014.


The city council voted during its meeting Tuesday to offer the county a $298,000 contract.


The tension between the city and Bradley County over the agreement was apparent.


“It’s discouraging to think that the county would now think either to build their own shelter, which makes no sense to me, or we bog this down over money,“ said Councilman Richard Banks. ”Not only do our taxpayers suffer, our animals do.”


The Bradley County Commission has not yet voted on any changes to its animal control contract with the city, but plans to make a decision June 3.


“We are trying to keep the shelter together and functioning,” said City Manager Janice Casteel. “The option that has the most support at this point would be the one that says the trucks stop at the city limits, and that is in no one’s best interest.”


Councilman Banks also proposed a motion to ask the county to refund personal or leasehold property revenue earned near the Cleveland Regional Jetport to the airport or the city to administer.


“We can promote increased growth which will benefit all of our community, including the county,” he said. It passed unanimously.


The city budget for fiscal year 2014 sailed through after a unanimous vote to approve it.
The council also unanimously voted to issue a 60-day sealed bid for the abandoned Webb building.

Rezoning requests were granted for properties along old 25th Street, Wolfe Drive and Peerless Road, changing from R-1 to CH, and Georgetown Road and Villa Drive changing from PI to PUD-11.


Mayor Tom Rowland presented Cleveland High grad and ROTC member Kaylee Radzyminski with a key to the city. Lt. Radzyminski is also founder of Tunes for the Troops, an organization that ships movies and music to soldiers overseas. She is now a second Army lieutenant in the Army and plans on shipping off to Fort Lewis in Washington.


Traffic has slowed down outside of the Westmore Church of God after a speeding car almost ran over a member’s three-year-old who had run out in the middle of the road. Councilman Dale Hughes offered kudos to Public Works director Tommy Myers for working with the church on a solution.


The Mosley Park pool will open back up on Thursday.



You can reach Sarah Ruf at sarahruf@yahoo.com or on Twitter @sarah_ruf.

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