Last night, two resolutions having to do with Animalkind were introduced: one to pay the not-for-profit $3,000 for its work in 2012; another to pay them $5,000 for 2013. This raised two questions: Why are we getting the resolution for 2012 now? Why is there a 40 percent increase in the fee?
Alderman Ohrine Stewart (Fourth Ward), who regularly plays the role of fiscal watchdog for the Council, wanted to know if there were reports that showed what the City was getting for its money. City treasurer Eileen Halloran indicated that reports are submitted to her office every year, but obviously they are not passed on to the Council. Aldermen John Friedman (Third Ward) had an issue with the contract itself, saying that it does not define the City's expectation. According to Friedman, Animalkind could spay, neuter, and release only one cat a year to fulfill the obligations of the contract as it is currently written.
Another correction: It was Claudia Bruce, Linda Mussmann's wife and partner in Time & Space Limited, not Mussmann, who spoke in support of Animalkind. To my knowledge, Mussmann was not present at last night's meeting.
Gossips Note: Readers are encouraged to read the comment posted on the Register-Star article by Kristal Heinz, who is a member of Animalkind's board of directors.