By Holly Wise
The Cove Herald
After months of review and input from three committees, rescue organizations and citizens, the Copperas Cove City Council handed control of rewriting the city's animal ordinance to City Manager Andrea Gardner and her staff.
Gardner assured the council she would utilize the information gathered when writing the ordinance.
Dissatisfaction with the current law came to a head in March when the city hosted a presentation on the ordinance in question - specifically the one stating that after the three-day period of holding the animal, "the animal control officer shall, without further notice and without advertising in any manner, place the animal for adoption, transfer, or give the animal to a nonprofit humane organization as authorized by City Council."
Few rescue organizations were trying to make it through the system because of the slow council process, resulting in a large number of animals being euthanized.
In March, the City Council approved the creation of two temporary committees charged with revamping the city ordinances.
The creation upset one member of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Dr. Kevin Kruse, who submitted his resignation to the council during last week's meeting.
Kruse said he made the decision after hearing comments and interaction between the temporary committees and the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.
"One of my main questions through this whole situation has been why were the ad hoc committees formed when the advisory board was working on situations that were brought to them by the citizens of this town," Kruse told the council.
"It appears that there was a large group of outsiders trying to force their agenda on this city," he added.
Kruse said these individuals, who he did not mention by name, had slandered him on their websites.
Chances of changing his mind about resigning were nonexistent.
"This resignation I have turned in, there is no turning back on this one," he said. "It's not up for reconsideration."
Gardner said she will present the council with an ordinance for approval during a January meeting.
The council unanimously approved the issuance and sale of limited tax notes totaling $1.91 million and the issuance and sale of general obligation refunding bonds in the amount of $6 million.
The monies will be used to fund capital improvement projects designated by the city, Gardner said.
The council authorized Gardner to execute an agreement with Coryell County to provide fire protection services in portions of the unincorporated portions of the county.
The Copperas Cove Police Department will become a testing and evaluation site for the proposed statewide crash reporting and analysis for safer highways after Gardner negotiates an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.
The council received notice of its receipt of the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009.
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