BOC delays decision on third-party operator for animal shelter

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Animal Shelter will remain a county-operated agency, at least for now.

The Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners had been discussing contracting with a third-party to oversee the local animal shelter, an issue brought to the board by Sheriff Patrick Whiteford.

The discussions led the board to request that Whiteford seek a “request for proposals” from area veterinarian offices to contract for animal shelter services, with the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Office maintaining its lone animal control officer position for enforcement purposes.

But, rather than choose a winning proposal at its Aug. 15 meeting, District No. 2 Commissioner Stuart McKinnon, chairman of the county board, said commissioners were instead forced to put any plans on hold until after the Nov. 6 general election.

McKinnon said no new proposals were submitted prior to the Aug. 8 deadline, leaving only an original proposal by Dr. Leigh Lewis of the Kalkaska Animal Hospital as the lone submittal under consideration.

Ironically, however, commissioners could not act on Lewis’ proposal because she could soon be a commissioner herself. Lewis topped McKinnon, 273-198, in the Aug. 7 Republican primary and now faces Democrat Fred Vonalt in the general election to see who will represent Coldsprings and Rapid River townships.

Read the full story in our regular edition of The Review. To subscribe to the paper for just $34 a year, which includes access to our full online e-edition, please go to the subscription page on this website at: http://www.antrimreview.net/subscribe/

 

Category:

The Review

 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 313
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: 231-533-5651
Fax: 231-533-4662
 
Physical Address: 
4470 S. M-88 Hwy.
Bellaire, MI 49615

View Map

Email Us

Facebook Facebook Twitter

Latest articles

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 3:57pm
Wed, 09/28/2022 - 3:56pm
Wed, 09/28/2022 - 3:55pm

Please Login for Premium Content