Animal control in the city will continue to be provided by the county, the City Council has decided.
The council this week unanimously voted for a new contract with the county’s Health Care Agency, which offers services in catching stray animals. The city’s 1996-97 contract for animal control will cost about $64,000, said City Manager Darrell Essex.
The actual cost is based on services provided during the year. Essex said that the new contract reflects average amounts spent in previous years. The city spent $58,843 for animal control services in 1993-94, $62,278 in 1994-95 and $68,007 in 1995-96.
“The county animal control services include field services, licensing and shelter services,” Essex said in a memo to the council.
He also said that the new contract provides for “community outreach activities,” in which county animal control helps with such things as a lost-pet show on the local cable channel.