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Maplesville, Humane Society to partner

The Maplesville Town Council entered into an agreement with the Chilton County Humane Society on Tuesday night to pay $25 per animal in return for confinement services.

The humane society will bill the town each month, and the town will be reimbursed each time a lost animal’s owner is located.

“Our intentions are when we pick up any animal to find out who it belongs to,” Mayor Kurt Wallace said.

Wallace said he preferred the pay-as-you-go method to the previous agreement, which required the town to pay a fixed amount to the humane society up front each month. He said this way, the town will be paying only for services rendered.

Joe Murphy, humane society director, was present for the vote.

“We’re a safe place for unwanted or lost animals. We work hard, and we give individual attention to each and every animal that comes in,” Murphy told the council.

In other business, the council voted to make Scott Conner a full-time police officer and to accept Craig Burroughs to the volunteer fire department.

Wallace also announced that the town is planning to move forward with its sidewalk and street lighting grant in summer 2010.

The total cost of the project will be $181,811.

Maplesville will receive $145,449 in funding from the grant but must provide a 20-percent match.