The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

March 15, 2013

Humane Society submits new services proposal

Clinton Humane Society is only provider offering plan to provide animal control to city

CLINTON — The deadline to submit an animal control proposal has passed and the Clinton Humane Society was the only organization that offered to provide animal control services to the city of Clinton.  

Clinton City Council members earlier this month approved a request for proposal that stipulated the contractor selected to impound animals would only be required to accept dogs, cats and some other animals delivered by the animal control officer. Proposals were due to the city by 3 p.m. Wednesday.  

According to Humane Society Operations Manager Sandi Bartels, the Humane Society’s latest proposal did not follow the precise guidelines outlined by the RFP the city issued because she and the Humane Society Board felt that citizens should have a place to take stray animals found running at-large.

“We are willing to work with them,” Bartels said. “We just felt we had to do what is best for the citizens and the animals of the city.”

The most recent proposal submitted by Humane Society officials stipulates that the city will not pay for any animal brought to the Humane Society by a citizen, which Bartels stated has always been the case.

The new Clinton Humane proposal calls for the city to pay a $105,000 subsidy, $15,000 less than their original proposal and $40,000 more than the subsidy the agency last received from the city.

The proposal also removes any boarding fees the city would have to pay for animals brought to the Humane Society. 

Bartels estimated between the reduction in subsidy, boarding fees and miscellaneous charges, the proposal submitted Wednesday would cost the city $25,000 less than the contract they originally submitted in October of last year.

That contract was approved by the Clinton City Council 5-2, then vetoed by Mayor Mark Vulich earlier this year. When the contract was before the council again, members failed to override the veto. Council members also did not approve a resolution that would have awarded the animal control services to local veterinary clinic, All Pets.  

In a letter to city officials that accompanied the latest proposal, Humane Society Board members also offered to let a member of the City Council serve on the Humane Society Board to act as a liaison between the two agencies.  The orignal RFP called for the contract to be awarded on April 9.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Take a 'National Night Out'

    For one night every year, communities across the country celebrate National Night Out, a nationwide initiative to fight crime and promote safe communities.

    July 31, 2014

  • Well affected by mercury spill is working again

    Mercury remains in one of Clinton’s Archer Daniels Midland wells, stemming from a November 2013 spill. But according to an independent study, threat levels are below Iowa Department of Natural Resources standards.
    The affected Well No. 4 returned to operation earlier this month.

    July 31, 2014

  • Roosevelt building Big plans in the works for Roosevelt

    The Clinton Community School District wants to preserve “historical charm.”
    Community Housing Initiatives wants to add another housing option to a market with limited diversity.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30-14 Libby Goodman Goodman selected Rotary president CLINTON — Alverno Administrator Libby Goodman will become the new Clinton Rotary Club president for the coming year. Since 2008, as administrator at the Alverno, her primary responsibility has been to ensure the day-to-day facility operations are in

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton judge hears motion to suppress in drug case

    District Court Judge Stuart Werling will consider a motion of suppression against a warrant that led to the arrest of a Clinton man on drug charges.

    July 30, 2014

  • Sidewinders photo Debating decibels: Finally Fridays, Showboat at odds over concert volume

    Two events will take center stage at the riverfront Friday. And if it’s anything like the last time these entities shared the same evening, both crowds may want to take note of the decibel levels coming from the bandshell.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • County building construction Clinton County's satellite office in DeWitt on track for September 2 opening

    With the construction of a new parking lot expected by the middle of August, county officials are planning for the Clinton County Satellite Office’s opening to happen soon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • New sentencing hearing sought in robbery case

    A man serving a minimum of seven years in prison on a second-degree robbery charge has applied for a new sentencing hearing, seeking a prison sentence without a mandatory minimum.

    July 29, 2014

  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge rejects McClellan's suspended sentence

    A Clinton man accused of assaulting his girlfriend recanted his guilty plea after a District Court judge rejected a plea agreement that recommended a suspended sentence.

    July 28, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.