Animal control request back on Augusta Commission committee agenda

Panel to discuss saving pets in locked cars

A proposal to allow Augus­ta animal control officers to enter locked cars to free animals whose lives are in danger returns for discussion at an Augusta Commission committee meeting today.

The proposal, made by animal control officer Ben Reyes, would help save the lives of animals whose owners leave them in locked cars where temperatures can soar, even if the temperature outside isn’t that hot.

Reyes said he discovered the issue during a recent incident at Augus­ta Mall in which two puppies nearly died inside a locked vehicle when neither he nor a deputy who responded had approval to enter.

Commissioners have 54 other items to discuss, approve or deny during six committee meetings and a legal session today. The sessions start at noon.

Other agenda items include:

• A presentation from Au­gusta contractor Kevin Vaughn on issues he sees with the city’s awarding of bids to out-of-town contractors such as Pinnacle USA, an Athens, Ga., company that was the low bidder hired to complete $1.8 million in Daniel Field airport terminal renovations.

• A presentation from Kelvin and Julie Deaton about persistent flooding at their Wrightsboro Road home

• Approval of five change orders, four bid awards and two leases at Augusta Region­al Airport that were previously approved by the Augusta Aviation Commission

• A presentation or report from Housing and Commu­ni­ty Develop­ment Director Ches­ter Whe­eler on spending at its Pine Street development and a proposal to reactivate a Citizens Advisory Board to oversee department activities

• Amending a Federal High­­way Administration grant agreement because Geor­­gia Department of Trans­por­tation work has outpaced plans to implement facets of the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda along 15th Street

• Approval of 2013 solid waste collection contracts with Advanced Dis­posal Services and Inland Ser­vices Corp.

Animal control seeks to enter locked cars to free endangered pets

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