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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Council Roundup: Animal care options mulled

Pets at the county animal shelter in Bellevue.Also, city departments get ready for wind, rain and snow

With the county poised to stop providing animal care and control services as soon as April, the Bellevue City Council Monday considered alternatives.

Currently, King County provides services for many cities, including maintaining shelters and responding to calls about vicious dogs and injured animals. However, county officials have proposed ending those services due to county budget deficits and problems at the shelters.

The Bellevue council reviewed three alternatives for future service: Bellevue taking over animal care and control within in its boundaries; forming a countywide agency that would provide the services; or joining with a group of neighboring cities to jointly provide the services.

Council members spoke in favor of exploring formation of a group of neighboring cities to manage animal control and care services. This approach would follow other successful alliances the city already has with its neighbors, they noted.

If a new agency cannot be formed by April, the council asked staff to consider stopgap measures, including Bellevue contracting directly with an animal shelter.

Feedback: Alison Bennett, Policy Advisor, 425-452-2808 or abennett@bellevuewa.gov

Utilities reports on winter storm planning, open houses
The Utilities Department reported that preparations have been made for storm season, including workshops to help residents prepare for major wind, rain and snow storms.

The Extreme Weather Expo, set for 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at City Hall, will feature staff from the Utilities, Transportation, Fire and Police departments, as well as representatives from AAA Washington, Puget Sound Energy, the Bellevue School District, King County Metro Transit and Allied Waste.

A second open house, presented by city staff only, will be 4:30 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Lewis Creek Park visitor center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. It will cover wind and rain and also target ice and snow concerns of residents in south Bellevue, where steep roads and higher elevations present particular challenges.

See Extreme Weather Response for more information on winter storm responses and other emergencies.

Feedback: Joe Harbour, Operations Manager, 425-452-2014 or jharbour@bellevuewa.gov

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