The City of Lone Grove will temporarily be in charge of animal control in Ardmore. For over a month the city has been without animal control, and this new agreement will act as a stopgap until the city can once again take care of animal control internally.
The Ardmore City Commission voted unanimously to approve the agreement during a Monday night meeting. The agreement is currently in place for two months, and Lone Grove will receive $65 per call.
Ardmore Chief of Police Ken Grace addressed commissioners.
“The City of Ardmore has an immediate need for assistance in providing animal control for its citizens,” Grace said. “The term of this agreement shall commence on July 15, 2019 and terminate on Sept. 15, 2019 unless extended by written mutual agreement of the parties.”
In addition to the possibility of extending the agreement, Grace said the agreement can also be ended early if so desired.
“This agreement may be terminated by either party with or without cause by either part by giving 10 days written notice to the other party prior to the effective date of the termination,” Grace said.
Prior to the vote, Mayor John Moore asked Chief Grace if he thought the Ardmore Police Department would be able to once again take care of the city’s animal control at the end of the current agreement, and Chief Grace said it currently looks likely.