City, County Have Tentative Deal on Dog Control

City, County Have Tentative Deal on Dog Control

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The city of Watertown and Jefferson County have struck a deal on dog control services, according to Jefferson County Legislature Chairman Scott Gray. 

Gray said the tentative agreement is a three-year deal where the city pays the county $145,000 a year for dog control services. 

A deal with the city is the linchpin for the county to continue the program which also serves 15 towns.

There is no opt-out clause for the city. Gray said he's pleased this compromise does not include the opt-out.

"The point of the whole situation is that there's some stability for the program for all the participants and that's what was important to us," Gray said

Originally - the county wanted a five-year deal for the same amount, which city leaders had said in the past the cost was too high and too long. The city had wanted an opt-out clause at the six month period if city leaders had found an alternative. 

The county will make formal on the deal at its legislature meeting on Tuesday. Gray said he's hopeful city lawmakers will vote Monday night to accept the contract as well. 

"I have assurances from the mayor that the entire council is supportive of this idea," Gray said.

Asked for their thoughts on the new proposal...

City council member Ryan Henry-Wilkinson said while the deal is not exactly what he wanted, it is a compromise between the two sides.

Lisa Ruggiero said the three-year deal is better than being locked in for 5 years.

Correction: The story previously said the county originally wanted $155,000 a year. The proposed amount was actually also $145,000.

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