Showdown looming over animal shelter
Oct 08, 2013 | 3433 views | 0 0 comments | 298 298 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Chris Wilcox

Tribune-Courier News Reporter

In last week’s meeting of the Marshall County Fiscal Court Commissioner Misti Drew said she was prepared to drop her support of the Marshall County Animal Shelter and begin disclosing what she would only refer to as “issues” during the meeting.

“I can outline the issues if you want - I’d rather not, but I’m at the point where I’m going to have to withdraw my support from the animal shelter if we don’t fix some of the problems,” she said. “I’ve addressed them with the staff, but moving forward there is a large number of members of this community that want to see it ran properly, legally and they want to see the donations used for what they were intended. I’m either going to be a big supporter or I’m going to make sure people know what is going on out there,” Drew said during the fiscal court meeting.

Mike Miller said after the fiscal court meeting that he hasn’t received a list of issues Drew alluded to in the meeting, but he has requested it.

“Accusations and ‘well I’ve heard this or I’ve heard that’ is not going to get it,” he said.

“I know Mrs. Drew is very passionate about the animals and I think her heart is in the right place,” he said. “Well, you know what I’m passionate about? I’m passionate about children going to bed hungry in this county and I’m passionate about senior citizens who are having trouble paying their light bill or for their medicine. I’m an animal lover too, and I’m tired of being made out to be the bad guy.”

Drew asked the fiscal court last Tuesday to consider giving an unofficial county committee formed several years ago more authority in the operations of the shelter.

The committee was comprised of both volunteers and county employees and Drew said under the committee’s leadership, the Marshall County shelter became recognized as a professionally operated facility.

She said a number of operational issues were brought to her attention during a June adoption drive which she said she made County Attorney Jeff Edwards and the shelter staff aware of.

She referenced KRS governance which outlines the minimum requirements of a county-run animal shelter. She is asking the court to define the scope of the committee’s role in operations of the shelter, saying her goal is to be “fully compliant with all legal requirements.”

“I’m a little reluctant,” Miller said. “I believe in oversight, but I think the fiscal court has the oversight. If you read the statute, the fiscal court’s authority begins and ends during a fiscal court meeting. Once the gavel falls court is in session and once the court is out of session, the county judge executive runs the day-to-day operations of the county government.”

Miller said he hasn’t received any complaints about the animal shelter and said the county is lucky to have a good, working facility.
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