By TYLER MASK
It is said that every “dog” has his day – Mineral Wells Animal Shelter and various community partners had theirs Tuesday evening during the regular Mineral Wells City Council meeting.
MWAS, despite its name, serves the entire Palo Pinto County area. In order to properly serve such a large area, a mix of employees, volunteers and community partners must work together each year.
This past year in particular has been a year filled with many changes to the shelter and its operations. However, according to Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan, the shelter also faced a number of challenges that seemed hopeless to some of those involved with the shelter.
Nevertheless, the shelter and some of its community partners rose to the occasion and reaped significant improvements in 2013.
Highlights from the shelter’s 2013 statistical summary as compared to the 2012 report include:
• Total Impounds decreased 8 percent.
• Total adoptions increased 63 percent.
• Number of animals euthanized dropped 31 percent.
• Net shelter revenues were up $7,872.
“While these statistics are significant, the community partnerships and outpouring of support from our dedicated volunteers and groups are most impressive,” Sullivan said. “We didn’t do this thing alone, and we are not going to continue to fight the good fight without the help of these partners.”
Some of the key community parters were recognized at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
The list includes Palo Pinto County Humane Society, for aiding in many improvements to the shelter and helping pets find homes; Brenda Burkham, for fostering many animals from the shelter and taking charge to help control the pet population; Community Animal Rescue Effort, for aiding abandoned, abused or neglected animals; Brandon Jackson, for expanding the social networking at the shelter through her photography and various other efforts; and Becky McDonald, for developing and fostering partnerships in the community with various animal rescue groups.
When Mayor Mike Allen presented the award certificates, there were tears and rejoicing.
In other business, City Council approved:
• All budgeted expenditures over $500 for the Jan. 21 meeting date.
• Reappointment of Ray Madrigal to Mineral Wells Housing Authority Board.
• A public hearing that considered a request from Southwire for a 45-foot variance from zoning ordinance requirements in order to construct a 90-foot driveway at 3800 S.E. Industrial Parkway.
• Specifications and authorization of staff to receive bids for the demolition of condemned structures.
• Resolution authorizing execution of a three-year extension with Antelope, LLC. for lease of property at 206 N Oak Ave.
• Authorization to advertise for bids for sale of city-owned property identified as Wolters 300 Industrial Addition, Block 5, Lot 2, also known as 377 Lanham.
• An ordinance providing for temporary street closures to facilitate a bicycle race (Iris Stagner Memorial Stage Race) sponsored by the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce to be held on Saturday, Feb. 15.
In the following executive session, City Council chose to take no further action:
• Regarding economic development negotiations to discuss or deliberate regarding financial information concerning the Baker Hotel renovation project and deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive for such business project.