Monday, May 23, 2022

Cats Remain Free in Butler

courtesy Prolook Studio
From the recent Butler City Council meeting

Guest Rayne Chantel addressed the Butler city council last week with ideas on dealing with the feral cat problem around town, and while she did bring forth some usable ideas, the city is still a long way from finding a solution.

Chantel offered to help the city in what ever way possible but noted that “It will take the community to make it work. We’ll need other volunteers too.” She pointed out that KC Spay and Neuter only charges $20 and she would be willing to help with transportation and  even live trapping. 

However, after a short discussion, it all came back to some issues that came  up in the previous council meeting- which was that the city has only two spots (cages) for holding cats. And when those spots are used, there is a 5 day wait that gives owners a chance to claim their pet, if that is the case. 

And that was only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Even more complications came forth, including ‘what if someones pet gets trapped and then gets spayed or neutered?’ 

As what seemed to be an endless line of questions, it was finally decided that Chantel is openly invited (as is the public) to attend an upcoming public safety committee meeting  to discuss the issue more, then the committee can give the council a recommendation.

In other council news Karen Rayborn, Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary sought permission to hold a ‘family nerf wars’ game at the Butler city park on June 18th. Permission granted. The area will be cordoned off and nerf guns will be checked before play and she promised the area will be well cleaned when finished.

In the event of a power outage, the Butler water plant has a backup generator to keep things going there; however, there is not a generator at the lake intake location. The intake is vital in getting raw water to the plant and a generator is needed there as well. Mayor Henry had some good news regarding a grant for an intake generator which will only require the city to kick in 10%, opposed to a previously considered grant that required 25%.

The city audit started on May 24th and is expected to go well. Overall results will be made public as soon as they are available.

Remember the Butler City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays, 7 pm, upstairs at the Butler City Hall. Elevator service is available for those with special needs. The public is openly invited to attend.

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