The ongoing saga of the Floyd Humane Society’s attempts to provide much-needed volunteer help to the county animal shelter took another byzantine turn Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors had a chance to correct a mistake from their December meeting but chose instead to create a committee to study the issue.
it didn’t matter that County Administrator Dan Campbell and the FHS have spent the past six months working on a detailed agreement that the board rejected by a 3-2 vote last month. It didn’t matter that members and supporters of the FHS appeared at the board’s January meeting Tuesday, asked detailed questions, requested answers on just why the agreement was rejected and received, instead, a stony-faced response from the five men to control the county’s future. It didn’t matter that the county is short an animal control officer.
None of this mattered. While the board, as a matter of policy, does not engage in debate with county citizens during the morning public comment period, the supervisors could have taken the time afterwards to answer the questions. They have in the past. Instead, the board created a committee composed of board member Jerry Boothe — who led the opposition to the agreement in December, Campbell, the county’s one remaining animal control officer and two members of the FHS.
In December, Boothe claimed he ran into public opposition to the agreement from residents of his district. Since December, his phone has rung off the wall from county residents who wanted to know why he voted against a plan that would provide help for the animal shelter without cost to the county. Those who appeared at the meeting Tuesday wanted to know as well but Boothe sat and said nothing. Board Chairman David Ingram, who voted for the FHS help in December, proposed the committee. Maybe he knew he didn’t have the votes to reverse the decision in December and saw the committee as the only way to salvage the deal. Let’s hope so. It’s hard to tell because the supervisors are one of the most secretive municipal governments I’ve encountered in more than 40 years of covering local, state and national governing bodies.
Lets hope the committee comes up with something that works and the board reverses its mistake at the February meeting. The Floyd Humane Society deserves better than the silent treatment it received from the board on Tuesday.
(Updated at 2:06 p.m. to correct a typo and to remove information at the request of a family member of a person named. It retrospect, it was not germaine to this discussion and the point made by the relative was valid. My apologies to the family.)