The North Platte animal shelter will get some money from the estate of Kenneth L. Stroupe, following action Tuesday by the city council. Stroupe left the shelter $6,600 in his will.
According to Mayor Dwight Livingston, these funds are not earmarked for any special projects and will be available to the shelter for whatever is needed there.
On the subject of the animal shelter, councilman Brook Baker asked if the city had considered participating in some kind of service dog or rescue dog program from the shelter, which would lower the number of dogs there as well as the costs of euthanizing, which he said are kind of expensive. Livingston and City Administrator Jim Hawks said they would be happy to discuss it with him and see if they could figure something out.
Councilman Andrew Lee asked if the city had considered holding a dog auction on occasion, which could also lessen the number of dogs at the shelter. Lee mentioned a city in Kentucky that has such an auction, which seems to be successful.
People who are reluctant to pay the $30 adoption fee plus the cost of spaying or neutering might be able to buy a dog for $1-5 at auction and give it a home, he said.
Again, Livingston and Hawks agreed to discuss the possibility.
Officially, the North Platte animal shelter was named one of the beneficiaries on a Stroupe account with Edward D. Jones. IRS guidelines required the city to open a beneficiary account to receive the funds, which was done during the term of former Mayor Marc Kaschke.
This time, the council appointed Mayor Dwight Livingston as the authorized person of the account, replacing Kaschke.
Fuel agreement with county
In other action, the council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement to provide services and fuel to the Lincoln County Roads Department.
North Platte and the county have a ongoing agreement in which the city purchases and stores fuel for the county and the county buys it when needed from the city for an extra penny a gallon, according to council documents.
Also, the council:
• Approved the mayor’s appointment of Todd Engleman to the Civil Service Commission, replacing Dale Sones whose term expired.
• Approved the appointment of Betty Sones and re-appointment of Joe Staroska to the board of zoning adjustment.
• Authorized the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment at the next police impound auction to be held in the fall.