Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

July 15, 2014

Animal shelter to provide services to Willow Park

WEATHERFORD — By TYLER MASK

At last week's regular Weatherford City Council meeting, the council approved entering into an interlocal agreement between Weatherford and Willow Park, where the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter will provide certain animal control services to Willow Park.

“Entering into an interlocal agreement is not something that’s new to the city of Weatherford,” Weatherford Assistant Director of Municipal and Community Services Dustin Deel said.

Before this agreement, Weatherford had already established something similar with Hudson Oaks in 2011.

It has been beneficial to both cities, as it provides more revenue for Weatherford and keeps Hudson Oaks from having to provide a large chunk of capital to pursue a shelter on their own, Deel said.

Weatherford also plans to enter into an agreement with Aledo in 2015 and is currently in a five month agreement to provide services to Aledo for $2,500 a month.

Per the agreement, Willow Park will pay $45,000 for each fiscal year. The sum will be divided amongst a quarterly billing cycle, with the remaining year of 2014 being prorated out monthly. The sum of $45,000 is based on the population of Willow Park in relation to the county, which is approximately 3.5 percent.

“This increase in revenue will directly offset the expense of a needed animal control officer that will be required to fulfill the contract with the City of Willow Park,” Deel said. “ This position will be able to assist that particular contract as well as assist some of the workload at the Weatherford animal control.”

Any capital or improvement costs Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter incurs in the future involving tax dollars will be paid by a shared cost process based on population percentages served, and Willow park will be required to pay at the end of construction. If capital or other improvements are funded through donated money, private funds, grant funds, etc., Willow Park will not be billed.

Jeff Robinson, Council Member Place 2, asked if $45,000 per year would be equitable. Weatherford City Manager Jerry Blaisdell chimed in, noting that Weatherford had been providing services for free up to this point.

“I originally wrote that formula, Jeff, because we were getting so many requests throughout the county,” Blaisdell said.

Residents of Willow Park and other cities currently come to the shelter and say they found strays within the shelter’s jurisdiction, so the shelter was forced to take the animals anyway, Blaisdell said.

In other business, the council approved:

• Authorizing library staff to apply for a humanities collections and references resources grant from the Nationional Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on the library’s public digital database of historic documents found in Weatherford, Azle, Aledo, Springtown, Millsap and other sites in Parker County.

• A request for a residential master plat of Weatherford Heights located in the 900 block of W. B.B. Fielder.

 

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