County Mayor Davis Says 2 Private Groups Interested In Providing Bradley Animal Services

Monday, September 9, 2013

Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis said Monday there are two private groups interested in providing animal services out in the county.

He said he has issued a request for proposals in case any other groups want to put in a bid. The proposals are due Thursday.

County Mayor Davis said, "I am confident that one of the groups - if not both - will provide a good, cost-effective solution."

He added, "The people truly concerned about the situation will be the ones addressing the problem."

He said he agrees with Commission Vice Chairman Adam Lowe that "the private sector can operate the program better than the government." 

The Bradley County Commission could act on the private proposal as soon as next Monday.

Bradley County was left without animal pickup out in the county after the city and county could not agree to terms on a continued agreement through Cleveland Animal Services.

In the meantime, a temporary solution was worked out at a meeting of an animal services ad hoc committee.

The Cleveland City Council voted unanimously on Monday afternoon to approve a resolution giving Bradley County a choice of a three-month contract at $25,000 per month or a six-month contract at $20,000 a month. Bradley County Commissioners have called a special meeting for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to vote on the issue.

Bradley County Commissioners are expected to move forward on the city contract, while continuing to work with a private group for a future solution.

Cleveland Animal Services will assign two officers to pick up stray animals out in the county.

Officials said the situation was highlighted when a little girl was bitten by a stray dog at Waterville School.

Commissioner Jeff Yarber said after the incident that officials "had no place to take the dog."

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said at a Monday agenda session he was surprised to see in the newspaper the county's request for proposals for animal services.

He said he wondered if that was an alternate plan on the temporary solution worked out by the ad hoc committee at its single one-hour meeting. 

County officials said the city contract would provide a temporary fix to the "crisis."  


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, EDWARD HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37410 52 Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION BEENE, JENNIFER LENA 4717 ELDRIDGE ROAD HIXSON, 37343 30 Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION LIGHT LAW VIOLATION RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL ... (click for more)

Corker Gives Statement On White House Veto Threat Against Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Of 2015

Senator Bob Corker made the following statement regarding the White House’s  threat  of a presidential veto against his bipartisan bill requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. "It is disappointing that the president feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country," said Senator Corker. "Congress put these ... (click for more)

Net Neutrality: The Beginning Of The End Or Just A New Beginning?

“The Internet is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” says Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, “Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously suggested.”  The FCC’s vote for so-called Net Neutrality purports to allow the agency to regulate the Internet as a public utility.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)

Regoin 3-AA Boys Final At Chattanooga State Monday

The fifth meeting between the Brainerd Panthers and the Central Purple Pounders will be held at Chattanooga State on Monday night with the tipoff set for 7 p.m. This upcoming game will be the biggest to date as it's for the Region 3-AA boys championship. Monday's winner will be at home on Tuesday for a sectional game while the loser will be on the road Tuesday night.  Brainerd ... (click for more)

Brainerd, Central Boys Advance To Region 3-AA Hoop Finals

LOUDON, Tenn. -- Brainerd won both regular-season matchups while Central won at the Best of Preps third-place consolation game before capturing the District 6-AA title last week at Red Bank. The season tally is now two wins each against each other and now they are ready for Round 5 following the Region 3-AA semifinals here at Loudon High School Saturday afternoon. Brainerd ... (click for more)