An arrangement with a local veterinarian to operate a dog pound for the city of Parsons has proved to be successful enough to renew the agreement.
The Parsons City Commission will consider authorizing a new contract with Eva Dudek’s Parsons Pet Hospital, 5021 Main St., during a regular meeting Monday evening.
The original agreement approved last year has expired, but the vet clinic continues taking in stray animals at the same price, $15 a day for dogs and $10 a day for cats. The euthanization fee is $40 per dog and $20 per cat.
During a Thursday work session, Ross Albertini, city attorney, said the city staff proposed a 20% increase in the fees to keep Dudek happy with the arrangement. She then added a little more, but Albertini said the costs still will be substantially less than what the city formerly paid to Allen Veterinary Center. The Parsons Pet Hospital adopts out more animals, avoiding euthanization whenever possible. That keeps the cost for the city down.
“It’s well within our budget capability,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said.
The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Parsons Municipal Building.
In other business, the commissioners will consider:
— Approving an ordinance that would change the zoning at 2100 N. 16th St. from light industrial (I-1) to service commercial (C-3). Beachner Grain owns the property located on the east side of North 16th south of the hotel and conference center under construction near Cattle Drive. The property was platted as North End Industrial Park but never developed. It is used as a cattle pasture now, but Beachner Grain wanted it rezoned for potential commercial development in the future.
— Approving an ordinance that would change the zoning at 2200 Broadway from multi-family residential (R-3) to service commercial (C-3). The change would allow Clevenger Properties LLC to sell the former Rock youth center to a restaurant wanting to relocate. The owner of Iron Press has told customers she wants to move her business there. The planning commission recommended the change on a 6-1 vote.
— Approving payment of $16,450.50 to HDR Engineering for work on the influent pump station and sludge processing evaluation at the wastewater treatment plant.
— Approving payment of $13,155.50 to CDL Electric Co. for work on the Forest Park tennis court lights.
— Approving a transfer of property agreement between the fire department and Homeland Security North Central Regional Planning Commission for $1,277.99 in equipment to be used by the search and rescue team and stored at the fire department.
— Approving the closure of South 13th Street from the alley between Main and Broadway south to Corning from 6 a.m. May 24 to noon May 26 for Katy Days. The closure will be implemented only if rain causes limited access to Forest Park.
— Approving the closure of Belmont Avenue from South 16th Street to South 17th Street for fire school training from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 1. Golden Plains Credit Union will allow the fire department to use property at 1620, 1622, 1624 and 1628 Belmont.
— Approving the use of Main Street in downtown Parsons for the Dawg Daze Cruise-in and Car Show from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
— Setting 5 p.m. June 14 as the deadline for submission of requests for special alcohol funding for 2019. The funds must be used for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.
— Approving a request from the Labette Assistance Center for $25,000 from the D.V. Reed Trust Fund to help continue assisting Parsons residents in need.
— Granting permission for Emergency Solutions Grant Funding Program to implement funds in the city in conjunction with the Labette Assistance Center. The center works with ESG to assist in the prevention of eviction as well as to rehouse others who are homeless.
— Approving a resolution that would give the city authority to board up a structure at 2817 Ward owned by Frank Lenati.