Fiscal Court Approved Minutes – July 15, 2020

The Special Called Meeting of the Boyle County Fiscal Court was held on the 15th day of July, 2020 at 4:30pm. Meeting live streamed on the Boyle County Media Channel. Members present at the meeting were:

John Caywood
Jason Cullen
Jamey Gay
Judge Howard Hunt
Phil Sammons
Ronnie Short

Others present at the meeting were, Fiscal Court Clerk Anne Nagy, County Treasurer Mary Conley, Fizzy Ramsey DBCHS and Christina Lombardo from the Animal Shelter.

Judge Hunt called the Special Called Meeting of the Fiscal Court to order. The purpose of today’s meeting is the Humane Society Spay/Neuter Grant. I request Ms. Fizzy Ramsey to please explain the Grant.

Fizzy Ramsey, DBCHS: Historically, this grant was issued by the State Department of Agriculture. In 2014 we began free spaying and neutering of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes because they were a disproportionate number of the dogs in shelters. This is through Happy Paws, which offers low cost or no cost services to low income individuals. This is not related to the Animal Shelter or Animal Control, this is all citizen’s animals. The State requested a match to provide buy-in by the municipality for their grant, the higher the match the more likely to qualify for the Grant. The Grant Administrator (City or County) accepts the State check and issues a check to Happy Paws. The County has handled this for us for several years without issue. A large number of animals come from within the City and also the County. Stray cats are a particular problem, they do not do well in a cage, spay and neuter is the best option. Happy Paws (not the County) thought it would be fair to offer the City an opportunity to participate in this Grant. Ms. Ramsey began conversations with City Commissioners about participating in the matching grant program. I approached the City with this offer and was assured they did want to partner with Happy Paws in the grant process. They are willing to provide matching funds, but I found out today, the last day for submitting the application, that the City was not willing to sign as the Grant Administrator. There is a narrow of window to apply for this Grant. The City stated they would grant $2,500 but would not be part of the administration “because it has to do with animals”. Discussion continued related to why animals would be the responsibility of only the County. Danville Boyle County Humane Society services both City and County. Animal Control is County operated but not the Animal Shelter. Judge Hunt stated we are here as a Fiscal Court, because the City Commission approved participating in this Grant but the Mayor has been advised by legal counsel not to sign the agreement. The Fiscal Court is here today to help the community and be responsive to the needs of all our citizens. Ms. Ramsey described the administration is cutting a check that the State gives you and reissues the funds to Happy Paws. The County signing the Agreement must match the Grant Funds. The County will match the $2,500 with the State $2,500 grant. Discussion continued related to the City donating $2,500 apart from this grant.

Motion made by Magistrate Caywood, seconded by Magistrate Sammons, to approve $2,500 which is already in our budget. No further discussion. Voting Yes: Magistrate Short, Sammons, Cullen, Gay & Caywood. Motion carries. County Attorney Herron read a text message from Stephen Dexter, City Legal Counsel, the City Council voted to fund the $2,500 but not to have the Mayor sign an agreement.

Motion by Magistrate Sammons to adjourn, seconded by Magistrate Gay. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Howard P. Hunt III
Boyle County Judge Executive