Commission schedules work session to meet with humane society board

Published 3:49 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“The commission just feels that the board has no grounds to do this,” Caton said. “There seems to be an ongoing feud between the humane society and the commission because the commission is not meeting the funding needs of the humane society.”

The commission did approve a resolution to go before the legislative session for a county animal control bill.

Commissioners originally voted on Jan. 28 to increase funds for the Chilton County Humane Society by contacting the local legislative delegation and asking them to pass a local bill increasing the county’s data processing fee from $5 to $5.25 to meet obligations in funding for animal care.

The additional money was estimated to generate roughly $23,000 more a year for the humane society.

Commissioners had to approve the proposed bill, advertise it for four weeks before it could be brought up at the next regular legislative session in Montgomery for approval.

If the bill passed, the data processing fee could increase by September 2013.

“The commission was trying to come up with funds to help the humane society,” Caton said. “They said they needed $30,000 from the county starting next year so we were trying to come up with that.”

Millwee said those at the humane society have invested a lot of time and personal money on making sure the shelter is a better place for the animals of Chilton County.

“I fear if the county took over running the shelter they would not invest the time, money and care for these animals we have shown,” Millwee said.

The work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.