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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2017

Council hears presentation from PAWS & More

By David Hotle | May 19, 2017

 

 

With a whole new Washington City Council full of people and having not been to a council meeting since they were seated, PAWS & More director Amber Talbot thought Tuesday evening would be a good time to speak with the council about what the program does.

Using a multimedia presentation, Talbot described many of the services that the animal shelter provides to the area. She said the shelter and the city had worked together for a long time and gave an overview of the workings.

“It’s incredible,” she said while talking about the volunteers to PAWS & More. “We have a pretty big group of trained volunteers in this area, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.”

Talbot also said PAWS & More has two satellite locations in Marion and Coralville. Over 800 cats have been adopted out to the satellite locations. She said the locations are run by volunteers.

Related to the presentation, during the public comment section of the meeting resident Jim Gorham encouraged the council to consider an ordinance requiring dogs at events in Central Park to be muzzled.

In other business the council:

Approved an amendment to the city’s safety manual regarding the seat belt policy;

Approved consideration of architect’s requests for the fire station project;

Approved an engineering task order for the south water tower rehabilitation project;

Approved setting a public hearing on the sale of a building at 123 East Second Street for the June 6 meeting;

Approved an amendment to the 2017 budget; and

Approved an ordinance setting new utility rates.

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