More animals saved in last three months
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Oct 12, 2012 | 1268 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Numbers show 80 percent of dogs and cats are getting out of Cleveland Animal Control alive after only three months of work by Cleveland for a No Kill City.

By August 2011, about 679 of 880 animals were euthanized compared to 180 of 913 in the first eight months of this year.

At-Large Cleveland City Councilman Richard Banks said this week that this represents a major turnaround.

“We’ve made some major headway. I want to compliment city staff and staff at the animal shelter and volunteers,” Banks said.

In other discussion, Mayor Tom Rowland said work on Exit 20 off Interstate 75 would begin at the end of this year and work on the new interchange across APD 40 would begin in 2014.

“We have a developer who would like to get something under way [on the property] so that when the interchange is finished, we can realize some revenue in the form of taxes from businesses ready to locate in that area,” the mayor said.

The Council authorized the mayor to send a letter to the Tennessee Department of Transportation requesting permission for Larry Armour to enter his commercial property by using the construction access. The property Armour plans to develop is about 200 acres between Spring Creek Industrial Park and the southeast quadrant of Exit 20 and APD 40.

Also, Carolyn Myers, of A&K Cab Company, asked Council members to consider revising a city ordinance to allow the cab company to charge a flat rate rather than use a meter.

City staff will research the request and make a recommendation to the Council.

Myers said she has been in business 19 years and she is not making any more money now than she was then. The Council passed an ordinance requiring meters 13 years ago.

“Everything has gone up. We’ve never had a raise and all this is about is those meters,” Myers said. “Bradley County and Cleveland are not big enough for us to run meters.”

She asked to be allowed to charge a flat fee to go anywhere in Cleveland.

City Attorney John Kimball said some cities do not regulate the rate cabs can charge while some do out of concern for overcharging.

In other action, Council members approved the following consent agenda items:

n Resolution 2012-106 authorizing the mayor to sign an amended contract with PB Americas Inc., for transportation planning services. According to a memorandum, the city of Cleveland, on behalf of the MPO, has had a transportation planning contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. since Since Feb. 1, 2005.

A portion of that contract covered on-call transportation planning services needed in support of the MPO's work. Current and upcoming MPO work tasks require work from PB for which the shortfall in the contract ceiling amount is estimated at $8,285.

In addition, the planning department will respond to other MPO changes resulting from the recent MAP21 transportation bill and Census 2010. These are likely to create a need for additional assistance which would add $25,000 to the contract ceiling amount.

- Resolution 2012-107 authorizing Rowland to sign a grant contract for Section 5303 Planning Funds for project planning and transit planning by the Municipal Planning Organization.

- Resolution 2012-108 accepting Overdale Drive N.W., Derby Lane N.W. and Weston Hills Drive N.W. as public streets.

- A motion declaring the street sweeper as surplus property and to be traded-in on the new purchase. The street sweeper will be placed on GovDeals.com. The money received from the old sweeper will be used toward a new sweeper from Sansom Equipment, Birmingham, Ala., at a cost of $223,869. Bids from Lee Smith, Chattanooga, and Stringfellow Inc., Nashville, did not meet bid specifications.

- A motion declaring one mower, two golf carts and one truck from the municipal Waterville Golf Course as surplus property and be sold on GovDeals.com.

- Bid report for a Request for Qualifications for a Construction Engineer Inspector. Atkins North America Inc., Chattanooga, was accepted.

- A motion declaring four vehicles from the Police Department as surplus and to be sold on GovDeals.com. The vehicles include three 1996 Jeep Cherokee and one 1999 Chevrolet pickup. The vehicles will be placed on Govdeals.com with a minimum bid of $250 on each vehicle. The revenue from the sale of these surplus vehicles will be used to assist with the conversion cost of the new patrol vehicles.

- Appointment of John Hagler to the Ocoee Region Library Board for a three-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

- Reappointment of Ann Mastin to the Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals for a three-year term to expire in October 2015.

- Reappointment of Randy Howard, Richard Mantooth, Ken Cress, Dennis Norman, Dennis Epperson, Tanya Jacobs and Charles Gentry to the Mechanical Board for a two-year term to expire in March 2014.