Animal control pact renewed with Logan

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

An agreement for the housing and disposal of animals from Logan by the city of Tucumcari was approved Thursday night by the Tucumcari City Commission.

The commission had considered a similar agreement at its last meeting with the Village of Logan. But it did not approve it then because it contained a clause that would have required, if necessary, for the city to use its animal control vehicle to pick up animals from Logan.

The vehicle has more than 215,000 miles on its odometer and such trips could jeopardize the vehicle’s condition and work life, said Police Chief Larry Ham at that meeting.

At Thursday night’s meeting, however, Ham said the city has never had to use its vehicle to make a trip to Logan and that Logan had brought all animals to Tucumcari. In a spirit of neighborly relations with a nearby community, Ham advocated the passage of the agreement.

The commissioner’s agreed. But, they said the proposed agreement which contained verbage for the “occasional pickup” of animals should be deleted and, with that proviso, gave their approval of the new agreement.

The agreement calls for the Village of Logan to pay the city $500 annually for four years. Each year, that $500 would cover the housing and destruction of 20 animals. For each additional animal after 20, Logan will pay $50, the agreement states.

This year, from January through November, the city has taken in 52 dogs and 11 cats from Logan.

Ham said that Logan would be billed for the additional animals it has handled for the village because Logan and Tucumcari are already operating under a similar agreement.

The commissioners also said that similar agreements should be worked out with Quay County and the communities of Conchas Dam, San Jon, Mosquero and Nara Visa.

From January through November, the city has handled 56 dogs and 17 cats from Quay County and a total of 33 dogs and 14 cats from the four communities, according to a report by the Tucumcari Police Department’s animal control officer Michael Martinez.

Commissioner James Lafferty said, he was alarmed that Logan had not been billed because the city had signed an agreement and not followed through with it.

Lafferty also said the city was missing out on a potential $2,600 from Logan and on another $5,500 if it had billed for animals from neighboring counties.

The commissioners also approved a four-year lease agreement for the space at 1424 South Sixth St. for $1 per year with the Unity Goup, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Unity Group is responsible for all utilities and maintenance of the property.

In the city manager’s report to commissioners, Richard Primrose said, that:

• digging for a containment cell, one of the first phases, at the city’s new landfill on the west side of town had begun; and

• controlling the amount of uranium in the water supply was being done because the wells from the city’s metro field, which meets safety regulations, are being used.