Monday, November 8, 2010

Animal Control Reorganization & City Jail Site Selection Discussed @ Informal Session

Part 1/3 - Informal Session - DCAO Beschler on Animal Control Recommendations - Nov. 8, 2010 - Richmond, VA from Silver Persinger.

Deputity CAO of Operations Chris Beschler spoke to City Council about implementing recommendations of the study group regarding the organization of Animal Care and Control Division.

Over the last few years the Department has been passed between Police and the Department of Public Works. The suggestion was to make it a stand alone department with a director level head that would report directly to the CAO. Other recommendations included increasing staffing, increasing administrative support, and using the funding raised to be put into animal education efforts rather than being put into the general fund.

One the department's primary incomes is derived from pet licenses which are "required by law" and cost $10 per license. Only 3600 pets are currently licensed in the City.

These recommendations will not be fully implemented until the 2012-2013 budget.

Part 2/3 - Informal Session - Richmond City Council - City Jail Update - Nov. 8, 2010 - Richmond, VA from Silver Persinger.

Above, DCAO of Operation Chris Beschler, CAO Byron Marshall, and DCAO of Human Services Carolyn Graham answered questions from City Council (and particularly Councilman Marty Jewell [5th District] who submitted 14 written questions) regarding site selection for the new City Jail.

Part 3/3 - City Council Informal Session - Docket Review & Government Ops Staff Report - Nov. 8, 2010 - Richmond, from Silver Persinger,

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