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January 16, 2014

City council tables parking ordinance

Klein Animal Shelter funding request also tabled

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JACKSONVILLE — Klein Animal Shelter funding

Councilman Smith quickly made a motion to table the shelter's request for funding "until we get some more information." The motion was seconded by McDonald.

According to Raissi, the shelter is asking for increased funding of nearly $12,000. He said the city already provides the shelter with $75,000 to offset the cost to Jacksonville residents of surrendering an animal.

"Compared to other cities, ours (at $75,000) is twice as much as other cities (are paying)," Raissi said.

Raissi said the council members would like more explanation for which the additional funds are going to be used.

On Monday, Cherokee County Commissioners echoed the same sentiment when the shelter approached them for $22,000 in increased funding.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine W. Pinotti told the shelter's executive director Angela Wallace, who attended the meeting, that while commissioners “are in agreement that we do and would like to contribute toward animal control … before we can, we'd like to see (better financial transparency) because we have to answer to taxpayers where that money goes.”

On Tuesday, Wallace told the Daily Progress that the additional funds requested of the county would have covered the entire cost of residents surrendering animals – as the City of Jacksonville is already doing for its residents.

LMC zoning requests

Local business owner Jack Webb was approved for zoning request changes on Tilley, College and Prather streets from a planned development to a multi-family dwelling ordinance.

"I would like to construct an apartment complex that complements the city and would be good for the growth of the city," Webb said.

The location formerly belonged to LMC, before its closure in 2012. Webb will be constructing the complex where Wilson Hall, Clark Hall, Fair Hall and Brown Hall dormitories were located.

Public Health Department

Christopher Taylor, executive director of the Cherokee County Public Health Department, addressed the council to propose the idea of a food park for the city. Health inspector Joseph De Guzman attended the meeting with Taylor.

"We want to keep that eclectic flair that Jacksonville has," Taylor said.

He explained that it is difficult for himself and De Guzman to keep track of all mobile food vendors across the county, and having one area for the vendors to congregate would make the situation easier.

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