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May 13, 2013

Public wants to know what happened to Jeffersonville animal shelter donations



According to a previous report in the News and Tribune, Green said that the shelter’s donation fund was being used to cover costs for animal vaccinations, medical supplies and spay and neutering costs because it had not been built into the shelter’s budget before 2013.

According to a vendor report provided by the city controller’s office, the expenditures out of the donation fund did fall into one of the aforementioned categories.

City Councilman Ed Zastawny explained at the beginning of the year, the city has to estimate how much money it thinks it will spend throughout the fiscal year. For 2013 the amount estimated, or appropriated, was $20,000. Despite having spent $54,000, the council and Deering said the fund still has a positive balance.

“Currently, I show the animal shelter has $18,000 in their donation fund,” she said.

“It’s still there, additional money just has to be appropriated,” Zastawny said of the funds.

The council agreed to bring the appropriation up at their next meeting to bring the fund up to date.

Part of the reason an additional appropriation request may not have been made yet is that the animal shelter is currently without an executive director.

Green announced her resignation in April and it became effective May 1.

Human Resources Director Kim Calabro said at Monday’s City Council meeting the city has been waiting to hire for a number of positions, including a new animal shelter director, but not until the council passes a new salary ordinance.

Mayor Mike Moore reiterated the city is waiting for a final reading on the new employee pay scale and administrative policy ordinance before it hires a new director.

“I would very much like to make that hire, but I am waiting on the council,” he said. “Until that is passed my hands are tied,” he said, referring to the ordinance.

The council approved the first two readings of the ordinance Monday. A third and final vote on the ordinance is required before it goes into effect. The next council meeting is set for May 20.

In the meantime, a shelter employee is acting as the shelter’s director. Beyond hiring a director, the animal shelter is also waiting on the ordinance to be approved to hire two part-time kennel attendants.

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