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Dog control contract extended

The Penticton city council agreed this week to extend the  dog control contract in the city for one year with the current service provider.

The same individual has provided the service under contract for many years.

According to communications officer Simone Blais, the extension allows the city to discuss with the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen and district of Summerland what a joint service or cost sharing program might look like.

There has also been some interest expressed by the RDOS for additional kennel space, so this gives additional time to sit down with those stakeholders and see what everyone's needs are, said Blais.

Councillor Wes Hopkin said hopefully the new joint agreement will find efficiencies and also help to recoup the costs of a new animal control faciiltiy in Penticton

City staff has identified that the existing dog pound facilities are in need of replacement. Those facilities consist of office space and a kennel.

A proposal was subsequently made during the 2014 capital budget talks that would develop adequate facilities and ensure costs are kept to a minimum.

The two projects include an office, a double modular building set on a concrete foundation, and a new kennel and storage facility, designed to provide a secure and healthy environment for the animals..

The anticipated cost is $250,000. 

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