City of Brewton will handle county’s animal control

Published 3:45 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Escambia County Commission finalized an agreement Monday to contract with the City of Brewton for animal control services. However, that agreement only covers pickup services for dogs.

The approved agreement, which is identical to the previous one with the Escambia County Humane Society, calls for a $40 per-animal housing charge.

Sheriff Grover Smith said he would have liked the opportunity to “provide services for all animals.” Smith asked the commission for a $10,000-per month budget to operate the shelter; however, commissioners voted to pursue the city contract.

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“I think we can work it out and not miss any animals,” Smith said.

Chairman David Stokes said the contract contains a 30-day exit clause if any side is dissatisfied with the service, and that workers will handle all complaints as they are called in.

In other business, the commission:

• Heard an update on local ATRIP projects. Bids will be let this month for the second phase of projects and in November for the final phase, county engineer Bill Bridges said.

• Approved state transportation agreements for projects on portions of Three Mile Road, Huxford Road, Old Castleberry Road, Sybil Lane, Kirkland Road and Sowell Road.

• Approved an Alabama Beverage Control Board license for Big Escambia Spirits, located on Goat Feathers Lane.

• Transferred a vehicle to the City of Brewton.

• Awarded annual bids and approved a budget amendment.

Brewton Standard publisher Stephanie Nelson wrote this story.