BEDFORD – The White River Humane Society request for 2023 was approved Monday evening, after lengthy discussions between the non-profit and Mayor Craig.
The humane society had requested $50,000 for funding in 2023, which was cut down to $37,400 after budget hearings concluded.
The agreement was placed on hold after the city requested to include a city council member on the Humane Society Board of Directors to assist in and better understand the operations of the humane society. The funding from the city is a contract service and requires the city to sign the agreement before payment can be made and had been tabled since October.
Concerns arose after a humane society representative shared that all board members are required to work at least 12 hours per month, are required to attend a certain number of meetings, provide contributions to the board, and must pay $10 annually to be on the board.
After the conversations held, it was determined to include councilmember Ryan Griffith on the White River Humane Society Board of Directors as a non-voting member. This will allow the opportunity for the city to offer guidance as deemed fit, and a better understanding of how things are being handled with funding.