Montmorency transfers funds to pay for animal care

ATLANTA – Montmorency County Board of Commissioners approved a transfer of $15,000 to the Elk Country Animal Shelter for the care of 37 dogs and six horses that were seized in January. These animals were seized by the county and therefore the board had to approve to pay $12 per day per animal to the shelter to house and care for the animals before they were adopted.

MSU Extension firewise staff member Dennis McClure updated the board on programs around the county about avoiding home fires. The firewise staff also will speak with Hillman and Atlanta schools, the statewide 4-H natural resources camp, and area fire departments to talk about fire safety and spring burning safety. McClure stressed that the number one cause of fires in Michigan is debris burning, and urged burners to follow proper safety precautions.

In other business:

* the county courthouse will be closed on Friday.

* 2010 taxes must be turned in by the end of the day on Monday or they will go into foreclosure.

* Dennis Doherty proposed a medical package for the jail provided by Advanced Correctional Healthcare to the board for consideration.

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