Doyle's Doggy Deal Passes, Barely
|With two commissioners absent from Mayor Arp's
special called meeting to vote on taking on Blount County's animals, the
vote passed by one. The mayor needed six votes and that's all he got.
With a short explanation on the resolution from the mayor, a motion was
made by Commissioner Miller and a second by Commissioner Franke,
the floor was then open for discussion. Commissioner Wayne Gardin and
commissioner Earlena Maples both raised concerns with the plan to take
on the Blount County animals. Both voted no on the resolution. Franke
and Miller both spoke in favor of the resolution and voted in favor. The
final vote was six for and two against. The agreement goes into effect
March 1st and will continue through June 30th with the commission to
revisit the matter in May for possible extension of the agreement.
Click here for resolution. (PDF)
Blount County officials predict that it will be two years before they
are able to assume their own animal control services.