The gloves are off when it comes to the contract negotiations with the city of Moose Jaw. After telling you that the city was going to put out a Request for Proposals for animal control, we've learned the Humane Society, who currently hold the contract, has given the city an ultimatum.
Give us a fair contract by the end of the year or we're done.
Board President John LaBuick explains their contract with the city started at just over $100,000 a year for pound services and has increase with inflation over the last six years to about $118,000.
"Go back to 2007 and look at your bills. Look at what it cost you for gas in 2007, just for your vehicle, look at your water bill, look at your sewer bill. By city council's own admission, some of those have gone up by 90%. We're paying that increase!"
LaBuick says the current contract doesn't even come close to covering the animals they deal with each year on behalf of the city and the previous board that signed the contract knew that when they entered into it, but he says they didn't really have a choice. He recognizes that they offer services that are not in the contract but they're not asking for the city to cover that, saying they'll fundraise for shelter costs. They just need the city to cover the actual expenses for 365 days of animal control.
LaBuick was shocked to hear the news Tuesday morning when we brought you the story first, saying he would have liked a heads up from the city but it speaks to the way negotiations have gone. He says they've made offers, provided new budget information and have taken part in several meetings but the city's negotiating team haven't come back with as much as a counter offer, simply saying ''We'll get back to you."
The Humane Society has been without a contract for over a year and LaBuick says they won't continue to work under an outdated deal that doesn't cover what they city expects them to do. December 31st, their phones will go dead.
"We can't do this at this rate next year because it's breaking the Humane Society. We're having to dip into our savings funds every year to cough up extra money to pay down our debt because we don't have enough money coming in."
In our story on Tuesday, Councillor Don Mitchell explained the city wanted to find out exactly what the costs are associated with the animal control services provided by the Humane Society, saying it was hard to separate them from the shelter services offered. Mitchell made the motion for a Request for Proposals after a closed door meeting Monday night that was eventually supported by the majority of council.
He said an RFP would hopefully lay it all out in black and white, helping to determine exactly what services the city needs and what should be covered by the city contract while also determining what services are extra, falling under the shelter umbrella and covered by fundraising.
LaBuick says they've provided those details but nothing else has happened. He says they'll work on an RFP and show exactly what they think the costs are for animal control saying it's not as simple as picking up Fido, putting him in a cage with some kibble for three days. Staff need provincially regulated training, the animals need access to a veterinarian and medication according to provincial laws. Items that cost money and so, they have no alternative but to walk away.
"We're serious. At 12:01am on January 1st, I guess you call City Hall. We will not be taking it on. If this contract is not resolved, we will not be answering the phones as of January 1st. We can't."
City and Humane Society at a Stalemate
Tyler Weiss, who was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show "The 100." Tyler Weiss of Moose Jaw was thrilled to find after wakin
A SaskPower smart meter. The government of Saskatchewan has ordered SaskPower to uninstall all of the smart meters that they have install
It's been a number weeks that the Timothy Eaton Gardens have been closed for renovations. Thanks to the Government of Canada through the N
Concern for the outdoor pool was the topic for the first ever Public Forum held at Moose Jaw City Council. The new feature of regular co
More charges have been laid against the woman that was being chased by RCMP from Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Regina and White Butte. 27 year old
Emergency crews work to retrieve the body of Timothy Lockard from the Moose Jaw River. Moose Jaw Police have now identified the body th
Some of the localized flooding at the Rosedale Cemetery. Slowly but surely, things are getting better at the Rosedale Cemetery on the wes
A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows that unfilled jobs in Canada remain high. 312 thousand full and pa
It started as a missing person investigation that took them to the banks of the Moose Jaw River and now police are trying to identify a bo
There have now been 8 fires linked to so called SaskPower Smart Meters in Saskatchewan. A fire on the weekend and another on Monday were r
A 27 year old woman is in a lot of trouble with the law after allegedly leading police on a high speed chase this weekend that ended with
It's a badge of shame that Saskatchewan is going to have to wear for another year. Our province leads the country when it comes to the C
A busy day for the Moose Jaw Police Service culminated in the body of an adult male being pulled from the Moose Jaw River behind the Union
A man last scene on Thursday is still considered missing. Police started the search on the weekend for 43 year old Timothy Lockard althou
Moose Jaw Police are investigating after an armed robbery yesterday afternoon. "Yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:30pm two individua
An Saskatchewan Trasportation Company bus. The Saskatchewan Trasportation Company will increase passenger fares beginning August 1, 2014
They're showing up on playgrounds, sheds, fences, buildings and even on some homes. Graffiti is a growing concern in Moose Jaw and once lo
It was a special day at 15 Wing as Colonel Alex Day was sworn in as the new Commander at the Change of Command ceremony yesterday afternoo
The Western Development Museum which is the site of Brickspo 2014. Head to the Western Development Museum today and tomorrow from 9am unt
Reports of erratic drivers thought to be impaired, but instead turn out to be drivers simply trying to avoid pot holes in Moose Jaw's st
Moose Jaw Police are still investigating after another home invasion. A resident came home yesterday afternoon around 3 o'clock to find so
There's a chance of some more storm activity across southern Saskatchewan. The Weather Network and storm chaser Greg Johnson are both sa
It was a devastating fire and the rubble at the corner of 1st NW and High Street in Moose Jaw has served as a reminder of that devastati
Southern Saskatchewan will be cleaning up after a fast moving storm Thursday evening. Pretty much everything south of Saskatoon was hit
The Moose Jaw Humane Society is now part of a growing group that can receive donations based on the support of the communities they're in.