Scottdale aims for contract with kennel to trap both dogs, cats
Scottdale Council doesn't have a contract yet with Hoffman Kennel's for the trapping of cats in the borough.
The borough is under contract with Hoffman Kennel's for the capture of dogs.
Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said the business has an issue with wording in the contract that would include the trapping of cats.
“Council approved the contract with Hoffman's with the language that the only cats that Hoffman's are to trap are those that are distressed, ill or a nuisance,” Pallone said. “I was told that they (Hoffman's) questioned who would be the person to determine whether a cat was distressed, ill or a nuisance.”
A representative of Friends of Homeless Felines attended the meeting on Monday. Pallone asked whether borough representatives could meet with the group to work on an agreement with the kennel to determine the status of a cat before it is trapped. Friends of Homeless Felines is a volunteer organization that practices the trap-neuter-and-release system.
Councilman Bud Santimyer suggested the group consider submitting a bid to trap cats itself because no contract with Hoffman Kennels has been ratified.
Councilman Jack Davis said his first priority is the safety of residents. He said he gets more calls from residents complaining about nuisance cats than he does from residents who want to see cats neutered and released.
In other business:
• Council awarded Roger Suter and Sons with the low bid of $35,000 to repair the borough's salt shed.
• Leaf collection will be Thursdays and Fridays through Nov. 22. All bags must be tied and set in front of residents' properties.
• The Halloween parade, sponsored by the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 with the line-up scheduled at 6:30. Trick-or-treat will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.
• Council approved a local share-assessment agreement with Westmoreland Transit. The $1,030 cost — a 5 percent increase from this year — will come out of the 2014 budget.
• Council agreed to redesignate funds from the paving program that were to be used on Fountain Mills Road to an area on Church Street.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
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