Heflin mayor asks for members to serve on animal control board
by Laura Camper
Jan 14, 2014 | 3312 views |  0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HEFLIN — Mayor Rudy Rooks tasked the Heflin City Council Tuesday night with finding members for a board created a few years ago in an ordinance that set up animal control in the city.

The city has been getting overloaded with animals and needs to have some policies in place to know how to deal with the onslaught, said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.

“We are getting puppies, puppies, puppies,” Smith said. “Sixteen puppies came in on the day it was 6 degrees. We had four come in yesterday and it’s just a constant call for us to come pick up puppies.”

The city is not equipped to house animals for days, said Heflin Police Chief A. J. Benefield. It has a deal with Calhoun County to take animals to the shelter there, but the city can only take so many animals a month before incurring more charges, Benefield said.

Smith said that if a board were in place, the members could bring some policy ideas to the council to let city staff know what to do when people call about strays.

“It’s something we all need to think about getting done as soon as possible,” Smith said.

The board could be made up of people who are animal owners and animal lovers, Smith added.

In other business the council:

— Appointed Jim Bennett, owner of Bennett Farms Pumpkin Patch, to a spot on the Heflin Industrial Development Board to replace board member Max Payne, who asked to step down.

— Heard that a new bridge on Bells Mill Road off of Alabama 46 should be completed in mid-February. The weather has set the project back some, Rooks said.

— Approved buying a full-page advertisement for $600 in a magazine being created by the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce to promote Cleburne County.

— Approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to maintain Stephens Street off of Alabama 9. Officials believe the new street would serve the Subway restaurant that has proposed building there.

— Approved participating in the state’s Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday on Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. To qualify for the holiday, items must cost $60 or less and be useful in severe weather situations. Merchandise covered in the law include batteries, phone chargers, battery-powered radios and NOAA radios.

— Declared Feb. 24 through 28 as Tree Planting Week in Heflin.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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