The Flandreau City Council the past couple of meetings has been trying to find a better way to handle lost or stray animals. In the past, the City has worked with an independent animal control program to both capture and house the animals. But between the local citations, the expense of ensuring any animal was properly vaccinated before it was returned to its owners and the expense of both travel and housing the pet after its capture, oftentimes, families would forego picking up their four legged friends due to the astronomical cost associated with bringing it home again.
What to do about it has been the subject of much debate. Should local officials house the animals? Does the City have the right facilities? Does Flandreau or the PD have the manpower to best care for any animals in city care while their owners were tracked down? Will people come pick their animals up or what happens if they don’t?
This past Monday night Flandreau Police Chief Jim Morey talked again with the City Council about its options. Currently, things are still up in the air. But it appears a local and more budget friendly solution is being sought versus continuing to work with outside sources. Chief Morey says they’re hoping to provide a 5 day housing option somewhere in the city for the animals and if by then their owners haven’t come for them, work with either the Brookings or Sioux Falls Humane Societies to seek out a proper adoption or longer term housing solution. At this time however, nothing has been formally decided. The issue will return again before the Council in the coming months.
The Council also heard...
... a brief update on the Community Development Block Grant. The City applied for a CDBG in 2012 for the construction of the new Boys & Girls Club in Flandreau. Monday night was supposed to have been a progress hearing but no one was present to speak about it.
...Chief Morey also gave the Council an update on the possibility of a Police Reserve Program. Morey said the departments application for the program has been approved by the State of South Dakota. While nothing is official yet and final approval still needs to be given the department to go ahead with a Police Reserve Unit, Morey has been in touch with the Brookings Police Department and if this goes through, he plans to do a joint training with them.
“People need to know, this isn’t about extra officers on the street. It’s an opportunity for local folks to try their hand at law enforcement to see if it’s something they want to do or not. It also adds to the potential job pool for future openings and cuts down on the cost of recruiting,” said Morey. We’ll talk with him further about the program for next week’s Enterprise.
...Business owner Shawn Jaacks talked about his concern for the downtown and specifically his own business location. Jaacks feels for the most part, there is a lack of city support for business owners in the downtown. He also feels there is a lack of process for the inspection of failing buildings and business owners that don’t keep their buildings up to code. Nuisance letters have recently been sent to the business owners on either side of Jaacks downtown commercial space. This is another story the Enterprise is working on for next week’s edition.
The Council was also brought up to speed on what is set in regard to the Governor’s agenda for Flandreau’s upcoming “Capitol for a Day.” The only part of the day that will be open to the general public is a morning social/coffee with the Governor at the Community Center. The Enterprise will post further details about how the community might get involved or visit with the Governor as the day approaches and a schedule is finalized.