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Council approves all items at Tuesday's meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council paved the way for a businesses and individuals to acquire naming rights to areas of the future animal shelter facility after it unanimously approved all items on its agenda at its Tuesday night meeting.

Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items on its agenda at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Among the items was a measure that would allow for space naming and donation opportunities for businesses and individuals at the Animal Shelter an Adoption Center. Earlier this month the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee met and discussed a proposed donation policy for the space naming of rooms and assets housed within the Shelter.

According to the city manager’s memos, several businesses and individuals have expressed an interest in donating to the new Shelter. The Committee studied similar policies at shelters throughout the country, with a particular interest in policies based in Texas and the greater Houston area. Committee members then voted to recommend Council adopt these proposed amounts for space naming within the new Shelter.

Dr. Dale Lunsford, a Deer Park veterinarian who heads the shelter committee, said the shelter facilities are no longer “pounds.”

“The primary object is to prevent animals from being loose in the city, but all over the US, the interest has become greater for the life of animals, and adoption is an important part,” he said. “Getting community involvement is a great idea and they could get involved for the donations.”

Citizens and businesses can memorialize their pets or their fellow pet lover in different ways through donations that will be commemorated in different ways, said Lunsford.

“I think the community would be very active in celebrating the new facility and take pride in the fact that the city not only takes care of the people in the city, but the animals that are here,” he said.

A schedule of donation and memorialization levels will be released by the city at a later date.

In other business, council approved purchasing a garbage truck for the sanitation department from the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Purchasing Program; an agreement with Halff Associates, Inc. for architectural services for the Deer Park Community Development Corporation for the development of hike and bike trails; and agreements with Deer Park ISD and San Jacinto College for the provision of a polling location at the Deer Park Community Center on May 6.

Council also affirmed the appointment of Eric Ripley to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Ripley will complete the remainder of the term left by Gary Baggett who recently resigned.

Also, council agreed on an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget for the additional cost necessary to complete the purchase of a Skid Steer Loader for the Sanitation Department; and an ordinance correcting the ending effective date approving certain industrial district agreements.