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Marion County Board Committee Agrees To Pay Centralia $3,000 a Month to House Dogs

The Marion County Board's Community Relations Committee has agreed to give the City of Centralia almost everything it wanted in a contract that would allow the county to continue use the city's dog pound.  

Marion County State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach will now send the proposal back to City Manager Dan Ramey for final negotiation.  "A flat fee of $3,000 a month.  For that they will accept the dogs brought by the county, feed, house whatever they need to do for the dogs.  It is basically a year to year contract is what they proposed," said Wilzbach.

Wilzbach will request a 90 day out for either party.  The committee agreed they wanted the provision in case they came up with a better option for animal control.  

Under the proposal, Centralia would have to notify the county board by October 1st of every year if there would be any fee increase.  The county would then have until November 1st to accept the increase or make other arrangements to handle their dogs after December first.  

Ramey rejected the committee's first proposal that would have had the county pay $45 per dog picked up.  If Ramey signs off on the deal, it will then have to go before the full county board for their approval.  

The committee also decided Thursday night to meet with animal control officer Bobby Patton to determine what ordinances he feels the county needs to address dangerous dogs as well as dogs running at large.

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