Adelaide Metcalfe leads the delivery of animal control services in 10 communities
Animal control services could return to 10 communities in the South West, and Adelaide Metcalfe is playing a leading role in making it happen.
The Board approved at its August 8 meeting that CAO Morgan Calvert negotiate a contract with the London-Middlesex Humane Society. Once drafted, the board would review it for a vote of approval.
The Humane Society was the only submission for Adelaide Metcalfe’s Request for Proposals (RFP). An evaluation committee consisting of recently resigned Southwest Middlesex CAO Jill Bellchamber-Glazier, Brooke-Alvinston Clerk Janet Denkers, Calvert and Adelaide Metcalfe Clerk and Legislative Services Manager Michael Barnier, recommended working towards an agreement with the Humane Society.
“They’re trying to do some very unique things in the region, like possibly bringing in a satellite facility to support what they call the mothership in London; so they wanted to expand their presence in the community, not only providing specific pound services, but also things like educational services,” Calvert told the council.
Nine other municipalities can piggyback on the tender, giving them the chance to start negotiating their own contracts with the London-Middlesex Humane Society after Adelaide Metcalfe approved the evaluation committee’s recommendation and could base it on the potential cantonal agreement.
The list of municipalities working with Adelaide Metcalf’s leadership according to Calvert’s report includes Southwest Middlesex, West Elgin, Middlesex Centre, Brooke-Alvinston, Dutton-Dunwhich, Newbury, Enniskillen, Petrolia and Warwick.
Communities in three counties have been without animal control services since Vicki Kyle retired in late June. According to provincial law, services related to the pound must be provided by municipalities.
The potential agreement is for a maximum of five years.
Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, The Middlesex Banner