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Amber Talbot, operations director for PAWS & More Animal Shelter, went before the Kalona City Council Monday to request added funding for the Washington shelter.
While some other area communities pay per call, Talbot said, Kalona pays a flat $3,000 per year. This has resulted in a $1,605 underpayment total for the past eight years. Based upon 2016 numbers, if Kalona continues with the $3,000 yearly fee, PAWS will see a $770 underpayment for 2017. Talbot noted that funding was critical for the shelter with the continued rising costs.
Talbot said last year 34 cats and dogs were from Kalona, many turned in by landlords after their tenants abandoned them when they moved. The mobile home courts, she added, were where most were from.
The cost per animal is arrived at a daily boarding fee of $15 per day times seven (minimum number of days set by the state before an animal can be adopted or euthanized), which is $105. That totals $3,570 for 34 animals, plus $200 reimbursement for five pick-up calls provided at $40 per call.
“Overall, we received 799 animals in 2016,” Talbot’s funding request read, “up from 695 animals in 2015. The average number for the five years prior to 2015 was 644. As you can see, PAWs services are much needed. We hope you see this as a vital investment. We thank you for including funding towards PAWS & More Animal Shelter in your 2017-18 budget and we look forward to continuing working with you to help animals in need.”
City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh gave his report:
WCRF Municipal Grants: On Jan 19 the WCRF will vote on our municipal grants. The email from the foundation is that they will all be recommended for approval. As well our partial grant for equipment will be on the agenda.
“The Municipal Grant Committee has met and will be recommending your applications for approval at our board meeting next week. It’s important to remember nothing is final until the board approves your applications. Kalona Celebration – KVFD / City Park / Community Center / KHV / City Hall Landscaping / Seasonal Lighting / Memorial.”
Enhance Iowa: Our $800,000 grant was successfully completed and submitted on Jan. 13. We should know more in the upcoming weeks. On Tuesday I’ll be presenting our request for County support for the project.
YMCA CEO: Becky Harkema’s last day at the YMCA will be Jan. 19. On Jan. 9 the YMCA Board of Directors appointed Amy Schulte as the interim CEO. She will serve dual roles as both the CFO and CEO for 6-9 months. I would not anticipate any real changes in our services. We will begin discussions for our “construction contract” later this week.
Becky did a tremendous job for helping bring Kalona on board with the YMCA.
Ice: Staff was out early this morning putting down salt and sand. Matt will come in tonight as the temps drop and Bob will be in early to assess what is needed.
Picnic Tables: Staff is over half done with redoing the painted picnic tables. We are utilizing a table top plane to remove the old paint and resealing them.
Trails Committee: The committee has met and outlined the RFP process and we are in the final stages of designing the document to go out for proposals.
Memorial Project: We have had good response and as of Friday collected $ 8,850 in pledges along with another $8,000 in verbal commitments. With the approval of the WCRF municipal funds it would take the project funding to $35,850 or roughly 70% funded.
Cemetery Mapping: With Ashley’s help in manually walking the cemetery along with Ben’s assistance in putting the information on the web we now have the ability for individuals to do research online.
Concessions: With the weather being favorable we have begun to come up with a plan to enhance our ball park concessions. We have some matching cabinetry in the current community center that we plan on repurposing. As well we are looking to improve our food serving area / signage.
Comprehensive Plan: We are scheduled to meet next week to go over the proposed changes internally for the comp. plan and zoning documents. After that we will convene the committees to review the proposed changes.
Town Ball: Meetings are set for Sunday Jan. 22 at City Hall for Tri County representatives to get together to discuss the upcoming season. The YMCA will be managing both Kalona and Wellman this upcoming year.