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July 27, 2013

Town to OK SPCA deal

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Lockport Town Board is expected to approve a new contract for animal control services with the SPCA of Niagara at its Aug. 7 meeting.

Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said the town will pay the SPCA $6,606 for the second half of this year; $13,476 for all of 2014; and $13,746 for 2015. It’s roughly a 2 percent increase each year.

The contract will run through the end of 2015. 

The current annual charge of just over $9,900 hasn’t been increased in more than a decade, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said. He acknowledged that the SPCA’s cost of providing stray dog services exceeds what the town has been paying.

“People demanded a no-kill facility, and there’s a cost to that,” said Councilman Paul W. Siejak. 

Town Clerk Nancy A. Brooks said the SPCA will begin to handle licensing for dogs adopted by Town of Lockport residents at the SPCA’s shelter on Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

“They used to have that as a service and then it stopped,” Brooks said.

Smith added that town officials were very happy with the turnaround the SPCA has gone through over the past year. The facility has maintained a 90 percent save rate since August.

Following a court battle, the city of Niagara Falls and the SPCA came to terms on a temporary agreement Wednesday, ensuring that the city will continue to receive animal control services from the agency through the end of the year.

The Niagara Falls City Council approved the temporary agreement, which will see the city’s monthly payments rise from $6,960 to $15,000, in a 4-1 vote at Wednesday’s city council meeting. The SPCA had threatened to end services in the Niagara Falls if the city did not begin giving more money to the organization, claiming that the shelter is losing $150,000 due to services provides to the city.

• The board is also expected to approve a three-year contract with a software company, Proserve, to provide information about comparable home values on assessing page of the town’s website. The contract, to be voted on at the Aug. 7 meeting, will cost $2,561 per year, which is $50 less than the current software.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.