Oregon OKs canine control services with Lucas County

Kelly J. Kaczala

        Oregon City Council next week will consider an agreement with the Board of Lucas County Commissioners to provide canine control services by the Lucas County Canine Care & Control for the term of Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2024.
        The Lucas County Dog Warden will also be available to the city’s police division on an on-call basis after regular work hours, weekends, and holidays and billed for actual services and costs rendered.
        The warden will have the authority to issue citations for any violations of the Oregon Municipal Code regarding “Rabies Immunization Required,” and payment of $10 will be made to the Lucas County Board of Commissioners for each citation that is issued.
        “This is for after hours service,” Administrator Mike Beazley said at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday. “If police have an incident and need to control a canine or we have an unusual event after hours, this is what they would come out for.”
        “I guess one of the other options,” said Mayor Mike Seferian, “is that we could do that ourselves. We found that to be not a very good idea. It wouldn’t be cost effective. By contracting with them, we found it was the best deal.”
        Also at the meeting, council agreed to move the following items on the agenda to next week’s regular council meeting:
        •An agreement with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to provide criminal justice information service through the Northwest Ohio Regional Information Systems (NORIS) and records management support for the police division for the period of Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.
        •A purchase order for 12 portable radios and accessories for the fire division to Motorola Solutions, Inc., Chicago, for $53,582.58.
        Fire Chief Denny Hartman said “there comes a time when radios can no longer be serviced. They must be replaced.”
        The fire division was unsuccessful in obtaining a grant for the purchase of the radios, he said.
        “This should finish up our latest update. So we should have a few years in between before we have to do this again,” he said. “There is money in the budget. So this will get us to where we need to be.”
        The radios the fire division is using currently were purchased in 2007. Hartman said the radios usually last up to 10 years.
        “So we’ve done really well with the ones that we have,” he said.
        •An agreement with Plattenburg & Associates, Toledo, in the amount of $132,600 over a five year period starting in 2022 to conduct 2021 through 2025 audits.
        The state auditor requires the city to have an annual financial audit conducted by an independent accounting firm. Plattenburg & Associates, Inc., was determined to have the best proposal and has signed the Memorandum of Agreement required by the state auditor.
        •Purchase orders to Baumann Ford Oregon, to provide fleet maintenance services for the police division for a one year period of Jan. 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022 with an optional second year through Dec. 31, 2023.
        • A resolution recognizing Nov. 27 as Small Business Saturday and supporting awareness of the value of the city’s small businesses.
        “We hear a lot of about products not being available for Christmas, challenges that that might bring,” said Councilman Steve Hornyak. “So I think something like this, and perhaps with our support, there’s a great opportunity for people to rediscover some of our local stores and vendors, artists and crafts people as we start to do things for the holidays. Love this resolution, and the opportunity this provides for all our small businesses and community because I think this year, like no other, they’ll have an opportunity to see some of these folks walk through their doors,” said Councilman Steve Hornyak               


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