Taos Council renews Stray Hearts contract
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.