City OKs $20K for Huron Humane Society

ALPENA– A service agreement between the City of Alpena and the Huron Humane Society is in place for the next year.

The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday approved $20,000 in funding for the animal shelter for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The service agreement states that, in return for funding provided by the city, HHS agrees to provide services to the city, including housing and taking care of stray animals.

The shelter will also provide treatment for the animals and continue ongoing efforts to improve and upgrade the Woodward Avenue facility or develop a new shelter, if possible, as part of the agreement.

Mary Eagan, HHS board member, said the animal shelter has improved the building in the past year, including refinishing the floors, painting and refurbishing several rooms, and has worked to expand space for cats and installed cat walks in the cat room.

“We used the $5,000 grant awarded to HHS from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to construct a very well-stocked veterinary care room at the shelter,” Eagan said.

Eagan said the work has been done to attract people to come adopt the animals.

Also as part of the agreement, Mayor Matt Waligora and the council will appoint a city representative, agreed to by the shelter, to the HHS Board of Directors. The shelter will present an annual funding request to the council and provide the shelter’s priority projects or activities for the calendar year as part of a January semi-annual report.

The agreement started Monday and runs through June 30, 2020.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.

In other business

The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday also approved:

∫ resurfacing 1st Avenue from Chisholm Street to Richardson Street for $142,306 from Goodrich Trucking of Alpena.

∫ a one-year services agreement between the City of Alpena and Target Alpena for $40,000.

∫ a one-year project agreement between the city and the Thunder Bay Arts Council for $5,000 to fund a sculpture at a location mutually approved by both parties.