Congressional Record read at Holmes County BOCC meeting to honor retiring Clerk of Court

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM.

“I’m not comfortable spending a million dollars on six graters or $200,000 on one,” said Parish. “I’d like confirmation that’s what we need. Our newest grater in District 3 is out of commission and under our current conditions even if we get four new graters there’s no guarantee that they’re going to be able to run every day.”

Parish said he’d be more comfortable tabling the discussion until January’s meeting, when he could do more research into the matter.

Goodman advised that the bids were going to expire if the board didn’t move forward and the Board approved to throw out the bids and table the matter until January’s meeting with a vote of four to one, with Williams voting “no.”

Local resident and owner of Ben’s Place Will Morales came before the Board with a proposal for animal control for Holmes County.

“There’s a problem with stray dogs and cats in Holmes County and we’ve got an ordinance that was passed, with my assistance, that isn’t being enforced,” said Morales. “There’s thousands of dollars in grant money out there that can help the county build awareness through education, catch and house strays, apply vouchers for spaying and neutering, but goes unaccounted for because the county doesn’t have an agency for animal control.”

Morales said that since 2005 Ben’s Place Animal Rescue & Care Adoption Center, Inc. is “registered with The Florida Department of Agriculture as a Humane No-Kill 501c3 Not For Profit Animal Rescue Organization; successfully has conducted animal rescue and control services for the residents of Holmes County; successfully worked with the Holmes County community to rescue, shelter, care and find caring homes for hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and horses; established a foster care program for temporary homes for companions; established a Spay and Neuter transport program; established a Youth K-9 program leading to increase youth and community humane practices with animals; established a Senior & Person with Disability Companionship program offering all therapeutic benefit associated with companionship; and conducted The Panhandle Dog Expo, an educational and recreational event for the entire family.”

If the County considers Ben’s Place Animal Rescue & Care Adoption Center, Inc. as Holmes County’s animal control Morales said there would be “a domino effect and we will be able to hire residents of Holmes County; institute and enforce Holmes County Rabies and Animal Control Ordinance 10-02 in conjunction with the office of Sheriff Tim Brown and generate approximately $46,490 in funds from operation based on National Council on Pet Population & Policy; pick up and address stray dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in Holmes County; render animal control, care and humane education throughout Holmes County; implement a Spay and Neuter Voucher Program in Holmes County; secure other funding sources for veterinarian care for abused and neglected cats and dogs program, spay and neuter for public animals and pets, programs to increase adoption, new building and facility repairs, operating costs, vehicle/equipment purchases, animal welfare, companion training, innovative human/animal bond programs, low income food/medication assistance programs and more.”



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