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Council appoints animal control staff

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – During the cities’ latest bout with terminating the Safe Harbor Foundation, the city placed temporary authority with Chief Building Inspector Tim Rawlings to handle animal control until further notice.

City Manager Eric Strong presented the council members with a solution Monday, April 19.

"We are now handling all the animal control functions in house," stated Strong in a memo sent out to the council members on Tuesday, April 13.

Four employees have been assigned to fill the needs of the city : Tim Rawlings, Breezy Hart, Anthony Ayala and Charles Bragg.

The council approved a pay raise for each of the employees listed above giving them each an annual increase of $1,040.

Each employee will alternate in working one weekend per a month requiring the city to increase their overtime budgets for Parks and Utilities.

New pay increases and overtime costs will cost the city $7,100 a year.

"This is significantly cheaper than hiring an Animal Control Officer full time," stated Strong.

With the additional costs for food, supplies, veterinarian costs etc., the total cost of the animal control function annually will be $14,150 a year.

The employees hired will be cleaning and feeding the animals as well as having the ability to pick up animals when they are out doing their regular jobs.

Rawlings was also approved and appointed the Local Rabies Control Authority effective immediately.

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