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Restructuring of animal control facility continues

Work continues to progress as Harrison County’s animal control facility gets back to full operation.
Earlier this year, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners went through a management and job description overhaul after learning of an on-going criminal investigation through the county’s prosecutor.
The former shelter director was fired from her position and other staff resigned, leading to the closure of the shelter for approximately two weeks in February. The commissioners assured the public that animals at the shelter were being helped, but the shelter was closed to the public and not accepting any new dogs or cats.
Since then, the commissioners have brought in a new manager and hired multiple people. Bringing on new employees has continued this month, due to recently hired staff stepping down already.
The commissioners approved the hiring of a new kennel technician earlier this month, and, during its meeting Monday night, approved the hiring of another employee.
The commissioners also are looking to fund the proper training and equipment for the new team.
Commissioner Charlie Crawford told fellow commissioners Jim Heitkemper and Kenny Saulman the shelter needs a new laser printer and computer, as well as security software to, in part, secure the shelter and the property.
‘That allows us to have interface with the office up here (at the Government Center),’ Crawford said about the security software. ‘We can talk back and forth with our computers there.’
The three items are quoted at a combined $1,950.75 through CyberTek.
Crawford also will request $1,815 for phones.
The commissioners also are requesting funds to give the staff in-house training to perform chemical immobilization, or tranquilizer, procedures on animals when apprehending strays when needed. The certification will cost $2,025 for three animal control officers and the shelter’s manager to get the training.
The Harrison County Council will take the request under advisement at its next meeting, set for Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center.
The commissioners have called a special meeting for tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 p.m. According to the agenda, the purpose of the meeting will be to discuss board appointments, personnel issues and other county business.
In other business Monday night at the commissioners’ meeting, is was noted that Old Lanesville Road is closed just east of Angel Run Road. Drivers can expect the closure to last for a month while crews build a new intersection for the Lanesville connector road.

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