POMEROY — Jamie Jones has been sworn in as the new director for the Meigs County Emergency Management Agency.
Jones was sworn in by Judge Scott Powell during the Meigs County Commissioners’ weekly Wednesday meeting, accepting the position previously held by Bob Byer, who was present at the swearing-in ceremony. Jones thanked the commissioners for the opportunity and Byer told them that they’d always had his back, for which he was grateful.
Dee Cummins, assistant dog warden, spoke to the commissioners about fees for dog tags, which are required for dogs in the state of Ohio. The commissioners approved Cummins’ request that all adoption fees be $100, which includes dog tags, the dog’s first shots and spay and neuter if the dog is six months old or older. If the puppy is not old enough yet, they can be brought back for spay or neuter treatments.
“An adoption fee of $100 gives (future owners) a healthy puppy,” Cummins said.
She also announced that dog tags currently are $12 at the shelter, but after Jan. 31, the cost will double to $24. Tags can be purchased at the shelter or the Meigs County Auditor’s Office. At some point, Cummins said there will also be dog tag drives around the county in various locations, with announcements about the locations to be announced on the Meigs County Dog Shelter’s Facebook page.
Lastly, Cummins spoke with the commissioners about a program for the spaying and neutering of cats. Since last August, Cummins said 62 cats have been spayed or neutered. The shelter also has a 24-hour program where a family can take a dog home for 24 hours and see if that dog will be a good fit for them and their family.
“We don’t want a temporary adoption; we want a forever adoption,” she said. “Whatever it takes to make that happen, we want to do it.”
She said the Meigs shelter is the only one in the region to implement this type of preview, and that other shelters have called and asked about the program to possibly implement it at their shelter.
Robbie Jacks, of Meigs County EMS/911, brought an EMS contract for the commissioners to sign regarding a delinquent debt collection agreement.
Two advances were approved, with $359,243.50 to be transferred to the EMS Med-Flight fund and $54,000 to be transferred to the new Meigs County Dog Shelter construction. Last week’s minutes were approved as well.
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