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March 27, 2013

City takes another look at Humane Society proposal

CLINTON — The Clinton City Council has decided that it will interview the Clinton Humane Society to get answers that could put it on the path to once again offering animal control services to the city.

The humane society had been the city's service provider until early this year, when the city and society officials could not reach an agreement on the subsidy the city should pay the facility for providing the services.

The city had been paying $65,000 annually, but the humane society sought to boost that to $120,000. The council at one point voted to approve a tentative agreement with the society to provide services, but that was vetoed by Mayor Mark Vulich. The council failed to overturn his veto, leading the city to ask for requests for proposal from possible providers.

The humane society was the only entity to turn in an RFP. 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.

Related: Humane Society submits new services proposal

However, Ward 3 Councilwoman Bev Hermann was concerned Tuesday night that not all of the requested items had been submitted with the RFP. Her concerns were underscored by Vulich, who said that if he were voting he would not accept it.

At Large Councilman John Rowland pressed Vulich, asking how the council should vote. He said the council's vote would be an exercise in futility since the mayor could end up vetoing it anyway.

“The question is what does the mayor want us to do?” he asked.

Vulich responded that the council members needed to vote the way they wished.

“It is up to you,” he said. “You need to make a decision as a council as to what you want to do.”

The council on a 5-2 vote decided to proceed with the interview. Hermann and Ward 1 Councilwoman Maggie Klaes voted no.

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