The Dodge City Animal Shelter are raising its rates for boarding and adoption of animals, after being approved to do so by Dodge City Commissioners in a 4-1 vote at their Monday meeting.
Commissioner Joseph Nuci was the opposing vote.
Animal Shelter Director Laura Stein said the need for the increase is to counteract increase prices with veterinary clinics, such as fees for spaying and neutering; and vaccines.
Rates will go to $135 for dogs that need altered, $120 for cats and $70 for dogs and cats already altered and adopted.
Stein added the shelter also needed to increase its boarding costs, going up to $30 a day up from $4 a day.
“Dodge City Veterinary Clinic contacted me awhile back and told me that they had to increase the fees they were charging us to have them spayed or neutered and also the prices of vaccines have gone up quite a bit,” explained Stein “To cover the costs of all of this, we will have to increase ours to make up for it.”
According to Stein, 11-17 animals are adopted per month.
Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis supported Stein, saying the fee increase is not to make a profit, but to counteract the fee increases with vet clinics.
“If doctors and veterinarians are increasing their prices, we have to follow along with that,” said Mayor Rick Sowers.
The Dodge City Commission approved the waiving of the fireworks ban for 4th of July weekend with a 5-0 vote.
The ban removal will be July 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., as similarly in prior years.
Dodge City Fire Chief Ken Spencer stated, as always people are prohibited from discharging fireworks on private property or schools and other unsanctioned areas such as streets.
“We and the Dodge City Police Department, have the ability if someone is discharging fireworks are a hazard or that can cause public injury, we can fine them or also confiscate the fireworks,” said Spencer. “We also ask that people be conscious of their neighbors and know not everyone likes fireworks. I’d also think about their neighbors’ animals as well as their home.”
Spencer also reminded commissioners’ that this year’s Old Dodge City 4th of July Celebration firework show will take place at Mariah Hills Golf Course.
For utility rates for 2021, the commission approved 5-0, an increase of water, wastewater, solid waste services and storm water rates and base fees by 3.37%.
Sewer fees will see a monthly service charge to $18.47, with a monthly volume charge per 1,000 gallons of $2.50 for residential and commercial customers.
For solid waste collection, fees to family residence dwellings will increase $19.12 per month per dwelling.
Yard waste will be $3.10 per month, with $2.50 a month for recycling fees to all utility customers, business and residential.
Storm water utility rates for properties will be $1.40 per month per drainage unit.
Water utility fees will be $26 for new service connection, $52 for new service connection fee, $9.19 monthly base fee, $2.47 per thousand gallons of water and $.032 for Kansas Water Protection fee.
The City said, a charge equal to 10% of the utility bill will be applied as a late fee for failing to pay the bill on the required date.
A $40 fee will be charged for past due accounts if they are not paid by the remainder of the due date.
A $25 fee will be applied if water service is needed to be shut down for repairs.
According to Mayor Sowers, the overall rate increases will be roughly $2 to $2.50 of the total bill.
The increases go in place starting July of 2021.