Support for the Boonville Animal Shelter and a new facility was the topic of discussion at the Boonville City Council Meeting Monday evening. Animal Control Officer Pam Paxton was on hand as two past organizations presented the animal shelter with money.
John Baker of the Boonville Community Foundation addressed the council on some positive news he had received.
"One of the things that we do at the Foundation is match donors with their causes they wish to help. I had a call one day from someone who said they wanted to give money to the animal shelter because of the good work they do there," Baker said.
Baker introduced Jim Johnson, founder of Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary in Columbia.
The Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary, which was established in 1995 had worked with the Boonville Animal Shelter prior to its closing in 2012. Therefore, Johnson decided to present the remaining funds to the animal shelter.
"If it wasn't for the love and dedication Pam has for the animals of Boonville, I do not know what would have come of those animals," Johnson said. "She is a tireless worker in animal welfare. I cannot express enough gratitude and respect for Officer Paxton."
The former Boonville Humane Society also presented Paxton with a check for the remaining balance of their organization after dwindling membership caused that organization to disband.
Paxton said the money received will be used to cover costs of the spaying and neutering of animals they rescue.
Boonville resident Marilyn Williams addressed the council on the need for a new animal shelter facility.
"Pam Paxton has been absolutely a wonderful animal control officer. I would not want to face the things she does on a daily basis," Williams said.
Williams also said adopting from a shelter saves the lives of animals. She said they are spayed and neutered and are good pets. She added while supporting an animal shelter, it does not support puppy mills or pet stores.
"Since Boonville is growing, so will the animal population. Pam is addressing these issues everyday," Williams said.
She said a new facility is needed to address all of these growing needs.
"Please consider building a new facility; the people deserve it, the animals deserve it and Pam deserves it," Williams said.
Ward Two Councilman Noah Heaton said a new facility is greatly needed. His thoughts were mirrored by Ward One Councilman Mike Kelley.
In further news, an ordinance proposed by Ward Three Councilman Hayes Murray, which would in effect ban people from parking in their yard (grass) gained momentum as Boonville City Councilor Megan McGuire presented the council with more information and pictures of questionable properties. She asked the council for direction clarification as well.
The problems discussed included storm water management and permits. Questions arose, once a person is told they cannot park on their yard (grass) can they gravel the spot or will they have to get a permit to do so.
Murray suggested the council look at what Columbia is doing to combat this problem.
After 29 years at the Public Works Department Alvin Taylor has retired. Ward Four Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem for the evening Mark Livingston presented Taylor with a plaque for his service.
"I made some mistakes but I learned very well. I think we got the mission accomplished," Taylor said.
"It's with individuals like yourself that keep the city going. I want to thank you for that," Livingston said.