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Commissioners approve 5-year animal control contract

August 7, 2018

GERING — The Scotts Bluff Board of Commissioners approved a five-year contract with the USDA for animal control, after meeting with wildlife specialist Matt Anderson at their regular meeting on Aug. 6.

The contract had been first brought up at the commissioners’ July 17 meeting, when it was tabled for further research.

Commissioner Ken Meyers said he had received several phone calls in favor of Anderson and one criticizing his work.

Anderson presented two contracts to the commissioners: a one-year contract that included a 5 percent increase with a likely increase of 5 percent the following year, or a five-year contract that included a 5 percent increase for the first year and a 4 percent increase for the following four years, for a total of over $8,700 per year by the fifth year. Anderson explained that the federal government has been pulling funds away from animal damage.

“As that happens, we need the money to come in,” he said.

He added that, compared to the contract, it would cost the county more to not have the contract, whether by hiring a private party for animal damage control or by matching property owners up to $1,000.

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