Richmond contracts with Henry County shelter for animal care

RICHMOND, Ind. – The town will now take stray or confiscated animals to New Castle.

The Public Works and Safety Board on Thursday approved a $40,000 contract with the Henry County Humane Society to provide animal shelter services. The contract is for 400 animals for 2022.

Richmond Police Department Chief Mike Britt told board members that the shelter would provide the “best possible shelter service we could get”.

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Richmond had contracted with HELP the Animals in 2020 and 2021, but Britt said HELP informed the department it was no longer interested in providing the service. These annual contracts were for $38,000 for 390 animals.

Prior to contracting with HELP, the city used the Animal Welfare League, but found that there was often not enough shelter space for the animals in the city. Animal Welfare League has contracted with the city and county, and remains the county’s contracted animal shelter service.

Britt told Animal Welfare League, Second Chance Animal Rescue and Animal Care Alliance board members that they were not interested in taking on the city contract. He also contacted facilities in Winchester, Connersville and Liberty without success.

Eventually, the Henry County Humane Society agreed to help. Britt said the Henry County facility was offered the same contract as HELP, but countered with the $40,000 for $400 offer.

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“I visited this facility and found it to be very clean, professional and well run, and (it) also had veterinary services on site,” Britt said.

Animal delivery will be approximately 31 miles by car, Britt told board members. Animal Care Alliance has agreed to provide temporary housing for animals in the city if needed until they can be taken to New Castle.

human rights commission

At Thursday’s meeting, the board also approved a $75,000 contract with Professional Consulting Associates LLC of Columbus, Ohio, to help the city restart its Human Rights Commission.

“This group will work with the local Human Rights Commission Reinstatement Task Force, reviewing best practices, community input and setting up the framework for this entity,” Beth Fields said. , the city’s director of strategic initiatives.

The PCA framework will use a best-practices decision-making tree to establish the commission “as a pivotal community advocacy group,” Fields wrote in a memo to board members.

A 1968 city ordinance formed the commission which heard residents’ grievances, including landlord-tenant issues. Richmond City Council voted in 2010 to remove funding for the commission in the 2011 budget, indicating that the state provides the same services.

The commission continued until 2013 when it celebrated its 45th anniversary and its then-volunteer director left for another job, then it faded as other commission members resigned. .

Mayor Dave Snow has included revitalizing the Human Rights Commission among his goals since he first ran for office and won the 2016 election. Snow said at the end of 2020 that the commission’s recovery progress had been slowed by the financial impacts of COVID-19. He said the reinstated commission should be sustainable.

Make my move

As part of recruiting remote workers to relocate to Richmond and Wayne County, the board approved a $140,000 contract with TMAP LLC of Indianapolis.

“Data will be collected to help us target and market to remote workers looking to take their work with them elsewhere,” Fields said. “So that will give us the opportunity to reach those targeted people.”

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TMAP will develop and execute a remote work strategy, generate a pool of qualified candidates and recruit these individuals in Richmond and Wayne counties.

The city, county, Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, Wayne County Foundation and Reid Health are partners in this project, Fields said.

other actions

In other actions Thursday, the council:

  • Approval of the $106,960 contract with Flatland Resources for the removal of the Weir Dam.
  • Approval of a contract for the Richmond Fire Department to sell an out of service Ford 2000 Braun Chief III Chassis Ambulance to the Abington Volunteer Fire Department for $1.
  • Approved a contract with Mikesell Excavating for $6,950 to remove the house, garage, and barn at 908 N. Eighth St. that were deemed unsafe by the Unsafe Building Commission.
  • Awarded bid for removal of properties at 201 S Seventh, 212 S. 10th, 433 S. Ninth, 441 S. 11th, 920 S. 23rd, 620 S. 13th, 44 S. 18th and 334 S. Lincoln streets to Mikesell Excavating at $80,400. B&B Construction offers $93,500.
  • Opened a bid for $1,526,506.25 from Milestone Contractor, which was the sole bidder, for the City’s Community Crossings road projects which include 35 portions of streets. The offer was taken under advisement.
  • Open bids of $12,920.26 from Richmond Carpet Outlet and $11,685 from Ryan’s Flooring for senior center floor replacement. The offers were also taken under advisement.

Boyd S. Abbott