Commission to look at SPCA contract, Trustee’s report
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2014 | 543 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Commission will have a busier than usual work session when it meets at noon Monday in the commission meeting room.

Probably the most controversial of the five scheduled items will be a review of the SPCA of Bradley County’s contract with the county to run the county’s animal shelter.

The discussion was requested by Commissioner Charlotte Peak, who also serves as a commission representative on the SPCA board of directors.

Questions have been raised as to whether the contract’s requirements for the shelter to be an “open admission” — requiring no animals to be turned away and no euthanizing — is possible with the limited capacity, funds and staff.

Those questions have also led to more questions as to whether the contract as presented to the commission was realistic in its expectations.

SPCA President Betti Gravelle has stated making the shelter anything but the “open admission” turns the facility into a “kill shelter and has vehemently opposed any mandatory capacity being set for the shelter.

Commissioner Jeff Yarber, who has been critical of what he says is a lack of response to area flooding issues, will address the commission about possibly joining with the city of Cleveland in its study of flood problems in the area.

The recent trial-run of having an assistant in the planning department assist the area TDEC engineer in processing septictank permits will also be addressed.

Commissioner Ed Elkins is seeking to send a formal request to the state requesting reimbursement for the extra hours being used by the county employee.

County Trustee Mike Smith will present his annual report from the trustee’s office and Commissioner Brian Smith will present a proclamation honoring Constable Jess Hughes.