By Cassandra Huff,
The Tues., July 5, meeting of the Gilmer County Commission produced progress toward digitizing courthouse records, making changes for Gilmer’s Dog Warden, and tackling a few other matters.
911 Addressing: New Road Name
and a Missing Road Sign
Mr. Dave Matthews, with Lewis-Gilmer 911 Addressing, appeared before the Commission with a newly named road to be approved.
Commissioners approved, and the Collins Cemetery’s road, off of Rosedale Road, will be named “Collins Cemetery Lane.”
Commissioner Darrel Ramsey informed Mr. Matthews that the county had received a call from a resident in Dusk Camp that their daughter’s road sign had been stolen a second time. They were asking to have it replaced, once again.
Mr. Matthews stated the policy: On the first replacement, 911 addressing asks the commission to replace, or approve to replace the sign;
If there is a second occurrence, the property owner may be required to pay for sign replacement.
However, the issue of responsible party for the sign replacement costs was left up to the commissioners
Dog Warden Fees and expenses
Gilmer County Dog Warden Debbie Hess appeared before the Commission.
She reminded them that the county is not bringing any money in, via animal control fees.
She indicated that most counties charge a fee for a dog to be picked up. In the last six months, she has picked up 63 dogs. Of these dogs, three were retrieved by their owners, seven were placed in homes, and the county still holds 14 seized dogs (three were seized in an earlier case, and the recent seizure of 11 dogs from the Greenleafs/Wallbrowns).
Lewis County has a flat fee of $20.00 per animal, and $5.00/ each day the county has the dog in custody.
The Commission agreed to charge a $20 fee for each dog picked up, and $5 per day that the dog is in custody.
Mrs. Hess also reminded the commissioners that Ritchie County says they are full, and not taking dogs.
Hess said she has been taking dogs to Roane County. They are more expensive than Ritchie; however, they never turn dogs away.
The Commissioners asked how those shelters are subsidized.
Gilmer County resident, retired businesswoman, and devoted animal person, Lori Plummer was present at the commission meeting.
She informed the Commission that most shelters are financed by grants and private donations.
If Gilmer County was willing to work with people, the possibility of donations (maybe large) is promising.
Ms. Plummer also asked if the Commission would be able to set up a specific account in order for people to donate for the care of animals in the county’s custody.
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