Will the Grand Traverse Animal Control Division be Funded on Wednesday??

After providing limited animal control services since the previous Board of Directors and Administrator Tom Menzel eliminated the Animal Control Division and two full-time Animal Control Officers, Vicki Uppal, the current Administrator, will be presenting a recommendation to fund the Animal Control Division at Wednesdays Board of Commissioners meeting on January 17th.

The Animal Control Ad Hoc Committee has been meeting with the staff of the Health Dept. and Sheriff’s Office to determine how to meet the long term needs of Animal Control. They also received assistance and support from the public. At the meeting on January 10th, they made a recommendation to the Administration to find funding for the Animal Control Division as well as identify a location for where it should be relocated.

Uppal will be proposing a funding increase of $150,000 to pay for two full-time Animal Control Officers, a Supervisor and a part-time Office Specialist. The Supervisor will be an in-field position with the additional duties of setting policies and procedures, approving budgets, handling reports, going through emails, legal consultation and public relations. Also included in the funding is costs for office supplies, vehicles, uniforms, dues and other expenses. The extra money is coming from not hiring a planning director ($110K) and from the general fund ($40K). Animal Control will continued to be operated under the Health Department.

The proposal also includes the recommendation of relocating the Animal Control Division to the Keystone Road building which previously housed the county’s animal shelter. The Animal Control Division would share the building with the Commission on Aging.

If you are a Grand Traverse County resident and want to contact the commissioners about how you want them to vote on this issue, you can email them here: commissioners@grandtraverse.org

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