People who seek to adopt dogs from the Effingham County Animal Shelter are going to be paying a slightly higher fee.
But the new adoption fee of $90 for dogs and $65 for cats won't be as high as originally proposed after some discussion at Monday's Effingham County Board meeting. The board voted unanimously to add $15 to the adoption fee so that microchips can be implanted in the animals.
Animal Control Supervisor Brent Budde had originally proposed a $25 fee for the microchipping, but board member Joe Thoele thought that fee was too much.
Budde said he can buy the microchips for $8.96 apiece. The chips are implanted in animals so that they can be identified if lost.
Board member Rob Arnold said he wanted to make sure the shelter wasn't competing with local veterinarians who also implant microchips at a cost of anywhere between $20 to $30 per pet.
"I don't like the idea of competing with businesses that provide a service," Arnold said.
Budde said the service would only be provided for shelter animals. Members of the public seeking to have a chip in their pet would still have to see a veterinarian.
Also Monday, the board agreed to appoint Blair Jenson to the county Health Board in a departure from previous appointments. Health Department Administrator Kim Esker has said the Health Board has traditionally submitted its own nominees for the board who are then rubber-stamped by the county board.
But county board Chairman Jim Niemann stated in a letter read Monday in his absence, the board will no longer rely on the Health Board as the sole source of appointments to that board.
"While input into such appointments may be valuable at times, it is not appropriate for the county board chairman or county board to rely on that solely as the source of Board of Health nominations," Niemann wrote. "It is also not appropriate for the Health Department director to solicit and expect appointments to be made to the Board of Health.