Council approves adjusted hours

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

Animal lovers will have to adjust their calendars again after the council discussed the town’s municipal animal shelter’s new five-day schedule during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Located on Powhatan Road, the shelter will soon transition to a Tuesday through Saturday schedule after Animal Services Manager Gina Whiteside explained that the experimental six-day work schedule had stretched her staff too thin.

Statistically, the numbers have not changed in adoptions, live releases or animal services, but the shelter has had to drop a number of community outreach activities because of staffing, Whiteside said.

After a review of several scheduling options, council moved to pursue the new schedule.

In April, the shelter added Saturday to its weekday schedule after Mayor Barb Stanton requested to “make the shelter accessible to those who can’t make it during the week.”

The shelter will currently operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.

In a shelter related agenda item, the facility will receive $144,000 in the next six months after the council also approved an agreement with San Bernardino County for fee-for-sheltering animal services.

The agreement would allow up to 1,675 impounded animals to be sheltered over a six-month period, with a built-in financial increase based on the amount of animals cared for and services provided for each animal.

The council also approved a $967,933.41 highway median improvement project from Pawnee Road to Central Road in the Village area.

C.S. Legacy Construction Inc. will begin the work which includes the installation of asphalt paving, curbs, gutters, striping, landscaping, irrigation and signage.

The next regular meeting is schedule for Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Prior to the meeting, the council will host its annual Christmas Holiday Tea at 5:30 p.m.

The full agenda and meeting can be viewed online at www.AppleValley.org.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.