Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 22, 2010

County OK's animal shelter agreement

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County and the city of Crossville will partner in the operation of the county's animal shelter after both the city and county have passed resolutions for the partnership.

During its monthly meeting Monday night the Cumberland County Commission unanimously approved an agreement to partner with the city.

According to the agreement the city and county will split the costs of the operation, which is budgeted at $76,311. The city will continue to pick up stray animals in the city limits only and the county will continue to pick up stray animals in the county. Both groups will use the county owned animal shelter on East Lane Rd. and it will be operated by the city of Crossville.

According to the resolution, "the city shall supply all materials, equipment, tools, transportation and labor required for, or reasonably incidental to, the performance of Animal Control Services within its corporate limits. The city shall have the sole obligation to employ, direct, control, supervise, manage, discharge and compensate all of its employees."

Each party also "agrees to hold harmless each other, its governing board, officers, agents and employees for any liability, loss, damages, claims or causes of action caused or asserted to have been caused directly or indirectly by any other Party to this Agreement, or any of its officers, agents or employees, or as the result of its performance, or any of its officers, agents

or employees."

Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner motioned to approve the agreement and Johnny Presley, 3rd District commissioner, supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.

According to Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, the county has been taking animals in at the shelter from the city by animal by animal basis since August when the Humane Society of Cumberland County on Cook Rd. began refusing to accept animals from the city.

Please read related story in this issue of the Crossville Chronicle.

Carey said he expected the new agreement should go into effect somewhere around the first of November.

"Both the city and the county have approved the agreement. There are only a few minor things that have to be worked out and then we can begin working together on the project," Carey said.

The city of Crossville approved the agreement earlier during its monthly meeting.

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