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JPs amend ordinance on animal control

For the second month in a row, the Van Buren County Quorum Court has amended the animal control ordinance it passed in June.

At is August meeting, justices of the peace approved the amendment aimed a clearing up standard operating procedures for anyone wishing to foster an animal from the Van Buren County Animal Control facility.

The amendment said there shall be “absolutely no exchange of goods or services” in consideration of fostering, other than food, and that shall be distributed according to the amounts outlined per animal in the ordinance and only in seven-day increments.

The rest of the amendment details with the “rescue pull fee.” It states that the fee is $180 and that $155 of it “shall be waived if transferred to an approved rescue to be altered. Proof of alteration must be returned within 60 days of animal transfer to continue to use said rescue.”

Animal control director Pam Hopkins told the Quorum Court that 31 animals have been adopted recently.

Also at the meeting, office of Emergency Management Coordinator Jeana Williams told the justices of the peace that her office had been working on plans for damage assessment.

She said the tax assessor’s office will set up a damage assessment team. Williams also said her office has been working with fire departments in training exercises. She also said her office will use the upcoming fair to try to make county residents more aware of Code Red, a free service that provides residents with severe weather information.

The Quorum Court holds its regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The meeting place is the Courthouse Annex on Highway 65. Meetings are open to the public.

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