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Council voted before shelter had certifications

10:18 PM, May 14, 2013  |  Comments
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It was a sad day when the Green Bay City Council severed the city's long-standing ties with the Bay Area Humane Society. The City Council members are elected to determine the best and most efficient means to provide city services, but in this instance it was the process by which they made the decision that is questionable. It was disturbing to witness the council vote that awarded a contract for sheltering stray animals, even though the contract recipient had not received the mandatory state certifications.

At a minimum, the council should have postponed its vote until all certifications were in place at those organizations that were competing for the contract. This would have guaranteed a more equitable discussion and debate over how and where the city of Green Bay can best take care of its stray animals.

Additionally, who is charge of the city's contracting procedures, and why would that entity authorize and approve the awarding of a contract without evidence of the necessary operating certifications? With their misguided vote, the council did a disservice to the community and, more importantly, to our stray animals.

Lois Paull

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