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Animal shelter has barn cats

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com

People looking for barn cats might be able to adopt them from the Fayette County animal control shelter.

In his report to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, animal control officer David Ryckman said the shelter has a few feral cats that need homes. These are wild domestic-breed cats that haven’t lived with people. They make good barn cats because they will catch and eat mice. They are among the 48 animals at the animal shelter.

In February, the shelter sold 10 animals. Three cats went to an animal shelter in Kentucky which did not have any for adoption. One animal was euthanized and another died despite efforts to keep it alive, Ryckman said.

The animal shelter is located at 1703 Michigan Ave. Call 765-825-8693 or visit its Facebook page for information about what animals are available for adoption.

In other business, the commissioners are starting to prepare for an auction of surplus county property. Commissioner Gary Naylor asked Jane Downard, the county auditor, to send a letter to all departments asking for a list of unneeded equipment that can be sold. Commissioner Mark Nobbe said county officials should review the list before selling items that might be used by other departments.

The commissioners also approved a one-year contract with Everbridge, the company that provides the county’s one-call emergency notification network. 911 communications director David Baker, who came to the job in 2017, asked for a one-year contract extension so that he can evaluate whether Everbridge is the best system for the money.

The contract will cost $10,490; half is paid by the county, half by the city of Connersville. 

Commissioners also approved dates for the 2018 Farmers Market. Located in the city-owned parking lot north of the courthouse, it will be open on Saturdays from April 21-Sept. 29.

The commissioners also are looking for a new member for the Cemetery Board. A member appointed last month is moving out of state and so cannot serve, Leota King, president of the commissioners, said. The board is charged with care and upkeep of pioneer and abandoned cemeteries.