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  • Talks to resume over Camden County animal facility

  • Preliminary budget discussions and the proposed animal control facility are on the agenda for a meeting Wednesday between the Camden County Commission and the Camden County Sheriff's Department.
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  • Preliminary budget discussions and the proposed animal control facility are on the agenda for a meeting Wednesday between the Camden County Commission and the Camden County Sheriff's Department.
    Both topics have been controversial in the past.
    Depending on the outcome of those discussions, the county could begin renovations on the proposed animal facility in 2014.
    According to Capt. Kelly Luttrell, the commission and representatives of the sheriff's department will meet at noon to discuss the department's 2014 budget and whether the animal facility will become a reality next year.
    The proposed animal facility could be back on the sheriff's departments agenda for 2014 if the "revenue and budget allow," according to Capt. Kelly Luttrell.
    If the money is available next year, Luttrell said the sheriff's department would like to move forward with the facility to deal with ongoing animal control issues in Camden County.
    In 2013, Luttrell said there were no funds available in department's budget for renovations.
    The proposed animal control facility was announced last fall. It was to be housed in the former MoDOT building on Highway E in Montreal. The initial plans presented by the county for the property included using part of it for the road and bridge department and the remaining portion for an animal shelter.
    Animal calls are the third most frequent type of call the department receives, and is why the county felt buying the building was an easy choice for the county.
    Officers do not have a facility to house the animals that they pick up. They must drive them to shelters in Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach or Lebanon and pay a fee to house them.
    The funds used to transport and house those animals in other shelters were to be used to fund the day to day operations of the proposed facility.
    The budget discussions could prove interesting. The county cut approximately $400,000 in 2012 from the 2013 budget for the sheriff's department.
    Luttrell said the department is hoping to fare better this coming year in the budget process. The department has made significant cuts to reduce their costs, he said during an interview earlier this year with the Lake Sun.

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