Source: Charlie Keegan and Sarah Plake, KSHB, November 29, 2017
At a Wednesday meeting, Kansas City council members discussed the feasibility of outsourcing the responsibilities of the city’s animal control division to the KC Pet Project. This summer, an internal audit highlighted a lack of oversight and organization within the Animal Health and Public Safety division. For example, if you called the agency about an animal cruelty case, there might not be any follow-up because the audit says the department doesn’t keep track of its investigations. City workers spoke out against the merger two council members say will help things run smoother. … A union representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 500 said talks of outsourcing shouldn’t even be taking place. …
Source: Paul Burton, Bond Buyer, August 15, 2017 (subscription required)
Pennsylvania municipalities and regulated investor-owned utilities will benefit from legislation removing hurdles for local governments to sell water and wastewater systems, Moody’s Investors Service said. Moody’s in a report Tuesday projected more privatizations. Municipalities within the commonwealth Pennsylvania see utility sales as a way to cope with financial distress and sidestep maintenance and compliance costs. The report examined the $195 million sale of the Scranton wastewater system and the pending $162 million sale of the McKeesport wastewater system outside Pittsburgh to the Pennsylvania-American Water Company. Regulators must still approve the latter. …
Source: Nicholas Katzban and Lisa Marie Segarra, North Jersey, October 6, 2016
Following a disastrous fire this past April, the Montclair Township Animal Shelter building on North Willow Street was deemed unfit for entry, and its future seemed vague. Though shelter operations have long since returned to the building with limited access to certain floors, contractors have worked tirelessly to return the shelter to its original state. However, at a recent council meeting, acting Township Manager Timothy Stafford said that he is looking into whether or not the best option for the municipality would be to privatize the shelter, handing its operations over to a third party. … At present, there are three feasible scenarios: One in which the township hires a new director and continues to manage the shelter through its Department of Health and Human Services, one in which the township outsources shelter management to a third party, but leases the refurbished building to that group so that the shelter stays in town, and one in which both operations and management are outsourced to another party and location. … Katz said she’s concerned that the township has not reached out to the committee for input, and worries that decisions regarding animal welfare are being made purely on a financial basis. She acknowledged that some of her concerns stem from previous attempts to privatize the shelter by former Township Manager Marc DaShield, which she described as a “secretive process.” …
Source: Selwyn Harris, Pahrump Valley Times, July 29, 2015
Nye County Emergency Services Director Vance Payne said the use of social media by the animal shelter is helping match lost pets with their owners. Payne recently gave permission for Nye County Animal Control officers to use the medium to alert the community on lost or stray animals, and the effort is now paying off. … The action was prompted by the decision of Tails End Animal Shelter officials who canceled their contract with the county on June 30, forcing county officials to scramble in order to keep the facility running orderly. … Payne also said since the county resumed operations, the facility appears to be running more smoothly than ever. Additionally, Payne said his department is making extra effort to address the situation at the shelter…
Source: Allen Johnson, Greensboro News & Record, August 11, 2015
The sad news about allegations of abuse at the Guilford County Animal Shelter is disheartening in itself. But there is also a familiar pattern here – of a public-private partnership gone wrong for lack of openness. … But the bad news is a recurring problem with the public-private model in transparency and accountability:
1. The civil rights museum collecting financial documents at the end of board meetings and keeping those meetings closed to the public.
2. The performing arts center’s reluctance to release financial information in a clear and timely manner.
3. The nonprofit United Animal Coalition, which operates the Guilford County Animal Shelter, until very recently closing its meetings to the public, even as it gets more than $1.5 million a year in county tax money.
Guilford, Davidson County animal shelters involved in law enforcement investigation
Source: WXII12, August 7, 2015
Two Triad animal shelters are involved in an ongoing investigation into possible animal abuse and federal violations. Guilford County officials said Friday afternoon that a search warrant was served at the Davidson County Animal Shelter on July 23, and another search warrant was issued at the Guilford County Animal Shelter on July 30. Both shelters are run by a Greensboro-based nonprofit called the United Animal Coalition. Guilford County Commissioner Jeff Phillips said the possible federal violations involve the DEA. … Phillips said that, for months, commissioners have received complaints alleging abuse, a toxic work environment and nepotism from current and former employees and volunteers at the shelters.
Source: Cheyenne Cope, KRQE News 13, July 20, 2015
After months of controversy and criticism regarding how the animal shelter is run, the city of Roswell has decided to look for a private company to run the shelter….“We want to embark on this relationship with those who are passionate about animals. I believe we can work together, a public-private partnership. Provide the level of service that the community wants and that the animals deserve.” said Kintigh. The city will still employ and oversee animal control officers….Janet Madsen is part of a rescue group in town called From Forgotten to Forever. She thinks there are plenty of things that need to change at the shelter. “The healthcare and the cleanliness and the fact that so many of them that we pull come out with kennel cough and different diseases. So I think they should vaccinate. There are several things that they should do releasing dogs,” said Madsen.
Source: Ron Fonger, mlive.com, December 5, 2013
It took months for the county to develop a request for proposals to operate its Animal Control the Department shelter. But now it’s not at all certain that the Board of Commissioners will even solicit proposals for the work — let alone entrust it to a contractor. Commissioners deadlocked in a 4-4 vote Wednesday, Dec. 4, on issuing the proposal request for shelter services, including maintaining the grounds and shelter building and euthanizing animals.
Proposal for privatizing Genesee County animal shelter heads to commissioners
Source: Ron Fonger, mlive.com, December 2, 2013
The county has developed a request for proposals to operate its Animal Control Department shelter, but the Board of Commissioners still has to decide how far to take the privatization experiment.
Months in the making, the county wants proposals to provide shelter services, including maintaining the grounds and shelter building and euthanizing animals.
The request doesn’t specify whether the contractor should or should not offer to provide the four road officers who make up the bulk of the department. …
…Angelo said some of the problems with the request: requirements for carrying various types of insurance and requiring that the winning bidder have “significant experience” in running a similar shelter are not realistic….
Source: Jim Schoettler, Florida Times-Union, May 21, 2013
The Baker County Commission decided Tuesday to pursue privatizing its vehicle fleet as a way to help fill an anticipated budget gap, nixing any changes in public works, solid waste, animal control and emergency medical services….Commissioner Jimmy Anderson, speaking before a room packed with public works employees, said county employees cared more about where they live compared to someone working for an outside company. He said that tie and their overall work ethic made privatization of most services unnecessary. Thompson said any savings a private public works force would provide would make no difference to the budget since that department’s funding can’t be used to pay down debt. The commission told Thompson to pursue his discussions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to privatize the county’s fleet through replacing aging county vehicles at an estimated annual savings of $65,000….
Source: Brittany Wait, Times Beacon Record, January 25, 2012
…To move away from using surplus to balance the budget, Lesko said during his speech that he would like the group to first look at the Brookhaven Amphitheater in Farmingville, Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, the animal shelter in Brookhaven and the marinas to see if public-private partnerships would be more cost-efficient in providing services at those facilities….
Source: Linda A. Moore, Commercial Appeal, January 19, 2012
With no one responding to the city of Memphis’ request for a proposal to privatize the Memphis Animal Shelter, city officials say they’ll now move forward in hiring a new animal services administrator. …. Local animal advocates have been calling for the shelter to be privatized since it was raided by local law enforcement in 2009 after a puppy died from “nonaccidental starvation,” according to a veterinarian’s report.