The Public Safety Committee of the Effingham County Board unanimously agreed Thursday to recommend renewal of the animal control contract between the county and city of Effingham.

The full board will consider the contract at its Nov. 17 meeting.

Committee Chairman Don Althoff said the only difference between the new and current contract would be lessening the term of the pact from 10 to five years.

“They (city officials) would like to see a five-year contract so it can be reviewed more often,” Althoff said.

Other terms would remain the same, however. The county would continue to pay the city $1 per year for maintaining the animal control building at 701 E. Eiche in Effingham. In exchange, the county would continue to staff the building and handle animal control calls.

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