Meridian Police, shelter recommend Idaho Humane Society contract HOLLY BEECH firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Meridian Press Holly Beech Jun 4, 2013 (…) Meridian Valley Humane Society President Connie Petersen tells City Council Tuesday the MVHS Board supports a merge with the Idaho Humane Society. HOLLY BEECH email@example.com © 2013 Meridian Press MERIDIAN — At tonight's City Council meeting, both the Meridian Police Department, which runs animal control, and the Meridian Valley Humane Society supported contracting with the Idaho Humane Society for animal control and sheltering services. The Meridian shelter would close by Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year. The need for a new shelter has come up often in the last seven years, but plans for a new facility were thwarted by the recession, Meridian Police Lt. John Overton said. × Advertisement Now change is imminent: The neighboring wastewater treatment plant's long-expected expansion will wipe out one of the shelter's buildings this year. Funding a new facility could run in the millions of dollars, but contracting with IHS would only bump the shelter's budget from $206,000 to an estimated $357,000, Overton said. The volunteers have been amazing, he said, but with the Idaho Humane Society's resources and specialties — such as a large staff, cat sheltering, longer hours and emergency services — a merge makes more sense. Meridian, he noted, has the only Ada County shelter that doesn't contract with IHS. The Meridian Valley Humane Society Board also favors the merge, Board President Connie Petersen said. “While it saddens me deeply to see Meridian Valley Humane Society have to change and evolve from our current small group that offers intimate care and loves each animal, I feel it's absolutely necessary,” she said. The other option would be for the city to fund a new shelter with more staff members, Petersen said. Shelter volunteer Susan Holladay asked Councilmen to consider leasing a warehouse — something she said would cost between $2,500 and $5,000 a month. “I hate to see our animal control put 15 miles from my house,” she said. “... A city should provide animal control, particularly a city of our size.” IHS has proposed a new location at Maple Grove and Overland roads in Boise, Overton said. The Council made no decision at tonight's meeting but considered the arguments. “It's kind of attractive to me to use the efficiency of a regional agency,” Councilman David Zaremba said. But even if a contract is formed this year, he said, echoing Holladay's statement, the discussion over Meridian's animal control and sheltering needs will likely continue in the future. More from this section Float season on the Boise River starts Saturday Posted: 3:04 p.m. Meridian proposes total city budget of $155M Posted: 2:15 p.m. Dedication ceremony is Sunday for new Catholic school in Meridian Posted: 1:01 p.m. Services for domestic violence victims, special needs community named high priority for Meridian block grant Posted: 12:41 p.m. Ian Kelly to replace retiring Richard Lapp as Boise Chorsdmen director Posted: 11:29 a.m. Holly Beech Follow Holly Beech Close Get email notifications on Holly Beech daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever Holly Beech posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow Holly Beech Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!