ST. GEORGE – On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the St. George City Council will host an open-house session to allow the public to address the city council and mayor with any concerns, questions or comments they may have.
While open-house council meetings are not uncommon, this gathering is expected to be especially lively. Many residents are expected to attend in hopes of addressing the council about recently surfaced allegations of neglect and mistreatment of dogs and cats at the shelter.
At last Thursday’s city council work meeting, the council chambers were filled with residents wanting to voice their concerns about the conditions at the shelter; however, many attendees were disappointed when Mayor Dan McArthur declined to allow public comment, citing an already full agenda and limited time.
This Wednesday’s meeting should provide concerned residents with ample opportunity to voice their concerns about the animal shelter, or any other matter they would like to address. McArthur and City Manager Gary Esplin, as well as the entire city council, are expected be at the meeting.
As reported on Saturday, the city is currently conducting an investigation into allegations of neglect and possible abuse at the animal shelter. On Tuesday, city officials revealed that Animal Control Officer David Vane, the former supervisor at the animal shelter, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the allegations. Vane will no longer be supervising day-to-day operations at the shelter; instead, operations will now be supervised by Sgt. Ivor Fuller of the St. George Police Department.
In addition to the change in management at the shelter, a number of additional policy changes will be announced at Thursday’s city council meeting. Although the specific policy changes have yet to be formally announced, city council members have said that the changes will closely resemble suggestions outlined in councilman Jon Pike’s campaign blog on Saturday.
The open session of city council will take place on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The policy changes at the animal shelter will be formally announced at city council work meeting on the following day, Aug. 1, beginning at 4 p.m.
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