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Animal Shelter Lease Goes to City Council

Four votes are needed to approve a 15-year lease between the city and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Animal Shelter Lease Goes to City Council

The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) will formally take over operation of the city's animal shelter on Jan. 1, 2012, if — as expected — at least four members of the city council vote Tuesday, Dec. 6, in favor of a 15-year lease to the nonprofit organization.

The transfer is the result of months of talks between the city and FAAS and by the nonprofit group.

Under the terms of the proposed lease:

  • The lease may be extended for two five-year periods on mutual approval.
  • FAAS will pay an annual rent of $1 per year.
  • The city will pay $300,000 toward the shelter's operation during the first year of the lease. In subsequent years that figure will grow by an amount based on the Bay Area Consumer Price Index.
  • The city will retain responsibility for the building's roof, foundation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and electrical systems. FAAS will be responsible for general maintenance and janitorial services.
  • FAAS will provide all general shelter services, such as licensing of companion animals, holding of strays and owner-surrendered animals and provision of after-horus drop boxes. It will keep all revenue from issuance of licenses.

The city will continue to employ two part-time people, at an estimated cost of $60,000 per year, to respond to stray animal calls, transport animals to the shelter and provide field enforcement of animal control laws.

FAAS will pay about half of the shelter's annual operating costs.

Because of a City Charter provision, a lease of city property for longer than one year requires an affirmative vote by at least four council members.

The agreement has been , when the city decided to outsource its animal shelter services as a budget-cutting measure.

Initially it appeared that Alameda might contract with another government agency, but the FAAS and the Humane Society of Alameda (HSA) quickly stepped in to propose operation by a nonprofit agency. FAAS amended its bylaws to allow for such an operation, and representatives of the city, FAAS and the HSA have been meeting since to negotiate terms.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the council will:

  • Consider a $1.2 contract with Mountain Cascase Inc. for upgrading and rehabilitating sewer pump stations.
  • Hear updates on the activities of the city's America's Cup Ad Hoc Committee and on the Alameda Fire Department's Senior Safety and Commercial Inspection programs.
  • Meet in closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss existing and potential litigation.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall council chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. You may view the complete agendas for the public and closed sessions and related materials at the City of Alameda website.

 

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