Cherokee County commissioners will decide during their Monday meeting whether or not to release $15,000 allocated in the fiscal budget to fund the Klein Animal Shelter.

The money was placed in the budget in September; however, the court stipulated it would not be released until several questions that the county had about the shelter’s operations were answered.

According to Angela Wallace, shelter supervisor, the county and the shelter appear to have reached an agreement.

“They are going to give us a stipend in order to help decrease the cost to county citizens who bring animals in to the shelter. We aren’t positive yet just how much this will decrease the amount (cost to residents), but we believe it will drop from our current rate of $35 down to at least $20, and hopefully farther than that,” Wallace said. “Our main hope is that the lower fees will discourage people from dumping their animals.”

The shelter currently charges $35 per single animal, $50 for a litter up to six and $65 for a mother with the litter.

If the funding is passed by the court on Monday, Wallace estimates the new rates will take effect the first week of February. Representatives from the shelter will be present at the meeting.

Other agenda items include:

• considering laying utility lines in each precinct;

• an interlocal agreement with Helen Jane Barrow to lease real property for the purpose of storage of materials and to deposit trees;

• an interlocal agreement with the city of Cuney;

• hear from Pineywoods Resource Conservation and Development and consider action regarding the creation of a HOME consortium;

• approval of the annual report for 2007 of the Cherokee County Historical Commission;

• approval of the bylaws of the CCHC;

• approval of an interlocal participation agreement with the Texas Association of Counties;

• approval for Linda Beard, tax assessor, to refund over $500;

• the monthly report from Jim Bice, constable for Precinct No. 2; and

• paying the bills.

Cherokee County Commissioner’s Court regularly meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month, at the county courthouse. The public is invited to attend all meetings.

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