County approves SPCA contract

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 4/18/19

A new contract between Bradley County and the SPCA of Bradley County has been approved, but not without lengthy discussion and debate.

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County approves SPCA contract

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A new contract between Bradley County and the SPCA of Bradley County has been approved, but not without lengthy discussion and debate.

The four-year lease and operating agreement were approved during the Bradley County Commission’s voting session earlier this week. SPCA of Bradley County will provide animal sheltering service and lease the facilities located at 1655 Washington Ave., and 1570 Johnson Blvd. The cost is $199,000 per year for the initial two years of the agreement, and $206,000 per year for the remaining two years of the agreement.

The agreement amount is the result of negotiation between SPCA and County Mayor D. Gary Davis. When the resolution was originally presented for discussion at last week’s work session, the requested contract amount was $215,000 per year for the first two years with “the addition of an amount equal to the national cost of living adjustment to be added each of the remaining two years of the agreement.”

However, commissioners wanted to give the county mayor room to negotiate the contract, and asked that the dollar amount be struck.

Davis said Monday the contract had been negotiated with the $199,000 and $206,000 figures agreed upon.

The current contract amount is $135,000 per year.

Even with that negotiation and presentation by Davis, Commissioner Howard Thompson made a substitute motion to cut the agreed-upon amount to $175,000 for the first two years and $182,000 for the remaining two years.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak said if the negotiation has been done “I hate to undermine the negotiating process.”

Davis said SPCA is doing a good job right now and he has no issue with the contract he negotiated with SPCA. He added, “I wish it wasn’t going up that much,” but he believes the county needs to provide “a good sheltering service.”

“They were pretty convincing this is what they need,” Davis added.

Commissioner Erica Davis, who serves as chairman of the SPCA Board, said that board is currently charged with sheltering animals “and making SPCA the best it can possibly be.” She asked Thompson to remove his substitute motion so they can move forward with the negotiated contract “as it is.”

Commissioners voted on the substitute motion which failed 11-3.

The original motion to approve the SPCA agreement was then voted on and passed, 9-5.

Commissioner Davis said the SPCA’s board of directors has developed goals for the next four years: organizational strength, funding, public support, and faculty development.

Commissioner Kevin Raper, who also serves on the SPCA Board, said last week a new wheelchair-accessible ramp was built at the shelter, with materials and labor donated. In addition, he said SPCA of Bradley County has received a $1,000 VECustomers Share grant from Volunteer Energy Cooperative.


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