Good News/Bad News, and the Enhancement Bids

At this time, nothing has changed and DAS is still facing a budget cut of 1/2 of the contract workforce. However, based on the City Council’s responses to calls and emails from concerned citizens, it appears unlikely that they will allow the proposed cut to happen. That’s the good news. The bad news, however, is that the City is still facing a $30 million shortfall, and the Enhancement Bids (B – F below) are critical expenditures that DAS does not have funds for. At this time, none of the enhancement bids for DAS are being recommended for funding by the City Manager and Budget staff.

  • CCS-001 B EAC $365,300.00 4 FTE (includes salary and benefits) + 4 Day laborers. Required to maintain the public/private partnership with PetSmart Charities that has resulted in the department’s first ever offsite adoption center. PetSmart built the center at the cost of $ 450,000. PetSmart provides food and some supplies. DAS provides personel, pets, and operating costs.
  • CCS-001 C Health/Safety $271,000.00 Vet care/surgery needs, animal food, and rabies protection for staff. Evalutation, treatment and vaccination on intke provides a safe environment for staff, volunteers, and visitors and prevents the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Cost of cleaning supplies and chemicals to minimize cross contamination and exposure have increase 200% since 2010. DAS was disqualified from Science Diet’s free food plan in 2010-2011, but no funding for food was ever added to their budget.
  • CCS-001 D Outdoor maintenance $106,000.00 Regular maintenance of property. Climate hardy landscaping, regular mowing (as opposed to our managers buying gas out of their pocket for a borrowed mower), replace worn turf that is causing a public safety issue and bring the shelter’s exterior into compliance with City code.
  • CCS-001 E Indoor Maintenance $197,000.00 Repair and replacement of broken, outdated equipment and purchase generator. When the shelter was built in 2007, no provision was made for repair/replacement of any equipment including exam tables, scales, autoclave, refrigerator, washer/dryer, electronic gate, chairs/desks, paint, sanitization system, anesthesia and more. A generator would keep animals alive and keep staff from being at risk should an emergency arise.
  • CCS-001 F Staffing $537,282.00 Year 1 of 5 Year plan to bring staffing levels up to national standards. Adds 10.5 FTEs as part of a 5 year plan to bring staffing levels up to national standards and allow DAS to respond timely to public safety calls , emergency situations, and efficient service delivery. This enhancement 1 Office Assistant to respond to council requests and report back to citizens and council on associated activities, 1 Veterinarian to meet 7 day, 12 hour/day animal care coverage for 600+ animals, 1 part time veterinarian capable of high volume spay/neuter surgery to meet the 65% increase in surgery demand generated by increase in live release rates and to maintain compliance with City Code, 1 Veterinary Assistant to prepare animals for surgery and monitor post-op for the 65% increase in surgery demand. 1 Coordinator III to head up DAS social media, press inquiries, website development, develop literature and publications, and handle outreach requests, 2 Crew Leaders to supervise the 50 temp workers DAS employs every day. Additional Crew Leaders are needed to sustain operations with only a temporary work force to clean and care for the 600+ animals in the facility and the 64/day incoming, 2 Coordinator IIs to focus on the Mayor’s Grow South Plan and enhance independent evaluations, provide targeted tactical initiatives, and responsive customer services in the council districts south of I-30 abd 2 ASO positions to provide education, enforcement, and efficient response to calls in Southern sector.

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