Cleveland City Council Ready To Work With County On Animal Control Problem

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cleveland City Council members on Monday voted to set up a five-member panel to try to work out a solution to the animal control issue involving the county.

The committee will include Cleveland animal rescuer Rachel Veazey, Cleveland Council members George Poe and Dale Hughes and two members from the Bradley County Commission. Bradley County Commission Chairman Louie Alford put Commissioners Bill Winters and Charlotte Peak-Jones on the panel. 

Chairman Alford said he wants to see the committee ''beginning working ASAP."

The city motion came after earlier in the meeting the City Council agreed to accept animals from Ducktown, Tn.

Under the current situation, there is no arrangement for stray animals out in the county to be brought to the Cleveland Animal Shelter.

Bradley County Commission members did not want to continue to pay for a vehicle to transport stray animals, but agreed to provide $167,000 to the city if it would take animals brought to the facility. But that was rejected in a 4-3 vote.

Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson said he had begun to see "a lot of stray animals" within the city limits that apparently were coming from the county.

Mayor Tom Rowland said he hopes an agreement can be reached with the county to solve the problem.  

County Commission members said they got a letter from the director of the East Ridge Animal Shelter with ideas on how to set up an animal shelter in a cost-effective way. Commissioner Ed Elkins said he liked some of the ideas, but Vice Chairman Jeff Yarber said, "I am hesitant to take advice from East Ridge. I'm not seeing that city as doing so well."

He said he favors consolidation of services and said the county setting up a separate animal shelter "would be going backwards." He said, "The next thing we'll have a civil war and secede from the city."  

Vice Chairman Yarber said, "We've got some commissioners who are very anti-city. That's what has gotten us into the mess we're in."

County Commissioner Mark Hall said the animal control issue "got caught in the cross fire of a 30-year skirmish between the city and county."

A woman at the county meeting said there is a danger that stray dogs will begun running in wild packs and prove a danger to other animals and humans.

 

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARNOLD, JOSEPH LEGRANDE  3303 Through St Chattanooga, 37411  Age at Arrest: 54 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF --- BRAMBLETT, JERRY LAMAR  603 PARSON ROAD APT 1 CHATSWORTH, 30705  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALVEY, SHANA DIANE  7111 TERESA ST BIRCHWOOD, 37308  Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BAKER, JESSICA FAYE  826 NORTH VALLEYWOOD CIRCLE HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (18)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The New Mean

Until last Monday I believed nobody could ever hurt my feelings again. In the half-century I have been a writer I’ve had hundreds of people take swipes at me, been called more names, and received more hate mail than you can imagine. I also know the only way anyone can hurt you is for you to allow it and, brother, it is nigh impossible to get inside me. My defense mechanism is because ... (click for more)

UTC Soccer Battles Eastern Kentucky To 0-0 Tie

The UTC women’s soccer team battled to a 0-0 tie against Eastern Kentucky Sunday afternoon at Finley Stadium in non-conference action.   The Mocs remain unbeaten at 1-0-1 while Eastern Kentucky moves to 0-1-1 on the year.   “There’s a reason why they were co-regular season champions in the Ohio Valley Conference last year and made a run to the conference tournament ... (click for more)

Blue-Gold Scrimmage Is Prelude To UTC Volleyball Regular Schedule

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball program concluded their preseason schedule with the annual Blue and Gold intra-squad scrimmage  on Saturday  afternoon in Maclellan Gymnasium. The three-set scrimmage featured the Mocs roster mixing up lineups on both the Blue and Gold teams. Blue jerseys came out victorious after earning a 2-1 (25-23, 27-25, 15-25) win over the ... (click for more)