Harrison increases dog pound rates

CADIZ Harrison County Commissioners announced the new dog pound rates for 2014. The license fee will increase from $14 to $15 and for a kennel license will increase from $60 to 70.

County Auditor Patrick Moore reminded that the license may now be purchased online at There is a $2 convenience fee charged for a one year and the 3 year is $42 plus a $3,50 online fee. The licensing period runs January 31.

The surrender fee at the pound is increasing from $20 to $30 with a license and from $30 to $40 for unlicensed animals. An addition of an aggressive or unable to be adopted fee of $25 had been proposed and was adopted for 2014.

The board also approved an adoption rate increase from $30 to $35 and from $18 to $20 for 501c rescues.

“I would like to commend our wardens for the job they are doing,” said commission chair Don Bethel. “They have made a lot of improvements and we hope that these small increases will help us to keep the pound in the black.”

Agreement 88-13 would be the final RUMA of 2013 for the county as they approved use of .517 mi. of CR 421 and .09 mi. of CR 45 for Eclipse Resources. The agreement specified that part of the route was shared with several other companies which had previously contracted the road. The joint gentlemen agreement with other parties will split costs for road repairs past the Madzia pad.

Scott Blackburn, director of the Department of Job and Family Services announced that the county had hired Peter Spilios to fill the investigator position. Blackburn told the board that Spilios was from the Canton area and would be moving closer to Cadiz. Blackburn also informed the commissioners that no applications from Harrison County residents had been received for the position.

Karen Couch asked the board to approve a new line item for capital improvements to fund the purchase of new equipment. Resolution 38-13 was passed unanimously.

The Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities asked the commissioners to re-appoint T. Owen Beetham to their board for the full term beginning in 2014.

The board also passed resolution 39-13 which establishes the mileage rate payed by the county to change from the current 45 cents per mile to match the IRS approved rate.