Council gives verbal OK for animal shelter funds


A youngster glides down one of the water slides at the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center last Friday afternoon. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt City Council appears ready to move forward with a new animal shelter agreement with the community non-profit, Humboldt Community Animal Shelter (HCAS) group.
“The purpose of the shelter would be so we don’t have to house any animals at our city pound (located at the Humboldt Wastewater Treatment Plant site on Gotch Park Road south of Humboldt),” Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said.
“Our animal control budget in the past has been $3,000 to $4,000. I think it would be possible to get that up to the $7,500 level if we use some of our cable TV franchise funds,” Goedken said.
City Clerk Gloria Christensen reported just under $50,000 is in the cable TV franchise account. The city uses the funds for non-profit organization donations. The Council recently approved a $5,000 donation to the Humota Movie Group from the account.
Only Council members John Sleiter, Mike Worthington and Kirk Whittlesey were at Monday night’s meeting. Council members Jim Myers and Joel Goodell were not in attendance.
Sleiter said he was fine with a $7,500 yearly donation.
“Especially since we have a fund where we have available monies. We are not taking it out of other funds,” Worthington said.
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