Friday, May 13, 2011
Bryan Council votes to move forward with Brazos Animal Shelter
During their Special Meeting held on Friday, May 13, the Bryan City Council unanimously approved a motion that calls for the City of Bryan to move towards a long-term agreement with Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc. for animal sheltering services.
Councilmember Chuck Konderla made the following motion:
“I move that the City of Bryan negotiate through its City Manager and/or his designees to work toward a long term solution for its animal shelter needs to include up to a 25-year commitment with Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc., to agree to an annual cap of approximately 3 percent on the per animal cost paid by the City of Bryan beginning with the current $95.77 rate.
The City of Bryan will work with Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc., to build a facility to house Bryan animals at the Leonard Road location with a target completion date of January 2012 and a cap not to exceed $500,000, and further to work with Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc., on securing the finances for the facility.
Further, the City of Bryan highly encourages the City of College Station, Brazos County, Texas A&M University and other entities that use the sheltering services of Brazos Animal Shelter to equally participate in future capital improvements with Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc., in addition the participants should include low cost spay-neuter clinics, education services, veterinary services and micro chipping program services providers; the short term agreement is to be completed for Council consideration by June 10, 2011, which provides to continue on the same per animal rate but to also include additional expenses as outlined in the combined facilities proposal and the use of City of Bryan newly purchased kennels until the new facility is operational, and for long term negotiations to be completed by June 30, 2011.
It is believed that these efforts noted in this motion will assist the City of Bryan in reducing its euthanasia rate and providing for quality care for all animals in our community, which has been and will continue to be the City's goal.”
After the motion was made, Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski had the following comments: “We’re definitely moving in the right direction here, and I want to thank all the folks who have been involved to this point.” Bienski added, “I think it’s important that all governmental entities work together to provide this service to our community to make it cost-effective, and this has been our goal from day one.”
“I’m glad we’re here to this point to get this up and running for the benefit of animal welfare, not only for the City of Bryan, but the entire Brazos County,” Bienski said.
Brazos Animal Shelter, Inc. Board President Judy LeUnes is excited to move forward with the City, “The Board is thrilled to be at a point where all the entities are partners at one location on Leonard Road.” LeUnes continued, “We greatly appreciate the unanimous support of the Bryan City Council and feel that today’s decision is the best for the community and the animals.”
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