Taos Coun­cil re­news Stray Hearts con­tract

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The Taos town coun­cil re­newed a con­tract with Stray Hearts An­i­mal Shel­ter among other ac­tions at a reg­u­lar meet­ing Tues­day (Oct. 22).

Stray Hearts and the town have an agree­ment for the shel­ter to pro­vide ser­vices for the town’s an­i­mal con­trol. The town will pay the shel­ter $75,000 un­der the con­tract, which ex­pires June 30, 2019. Present at the coun­cil’s dis­cus­sion was Stray Hearts Di­rec­tor Cyn­this Lucas who said she was ex­tremely grate­ful for the town’s con­tri­bu­tions.

“I re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate every bit of sup­port the town has of­fered us,” Lucas said.

The town agree­ment with Stray Hearts is to con­tinue pay­ments that will help the shel­ter care for an­i­mals picked up and brought in from the town and around the county. Stray Hearts is the only shel­ter near town lim­its with the ca­pa­bil­ity of hous­ing an­i­mals.

Con­tri­bu­tions have helped Stray Hearts build bet­ter ken­nels and shel­ters for its cats and dogs and, un­der Lucas’ di­rec­tion, the shel­ter has made a pos­i­tive jump to­ward fi­nan­cial ac­count­abil­ity.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the coun­cil also unan­i­mously ap­proved a $7,509 grant for the Taos Li­brary to as­sist with salaries, train­ing and equip­ment for the li­brary and wel­comed two new hires.

The coun­cil also heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from Tim Con­ner, a zon­ing an­a­lyst who brought an in­ter­ac­tive zon­ing map of the town in front of the coun­cil. The map al­lows a user to use a Google Map­stype pro­gram to learn about the zon­ing and bound­aries of the town of Taos. Town man­ager Rick Bel­lis said the town hopes to add the in­ter­ac­tive map to the town’s web­site by De­cem­ber.

In ad­di­tion, the coun­cil heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from the North Cen­tral New Mex­ico Vet­er­ans Tran­spor­ta­tion Net­work who have been build­ing their vet­er­ans tran­spor­ta­tion net­work from Taos to Al­bu­querque. The group has been giv­ing vet­er­ans rides to ap­point­ments in Al­bu­querque and is look­ing for dona­tions and vol­un­teers to as­sist in their cause. To find out more, con­tact them at vetrides.org or (575) 779-5517.

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