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County committee votes for agreement with city on dog control

pWATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Legislature Finance and Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a five-year agreement with 14 towns to provide dog control services and a separate five-year agreement with the city of Watertown./ppThe city, however, has not yet approved the agreement./pp“We’re still working to finalize” the agreement, said City Manager Rick Finn on Wednesday. /ppEarlier this year, the county announced that it would have to close the Jefferson County Office of Dog Control due to declining participation from municipalities unless all 14 towns and the city agreed to the five-year contracts. /ppThe city would have to contribute more money under the new agreement — about $50,000, according to Mr. Finn. /pp“We’re working with the county and the towns,” Mr. Finn said. /ppHe thinks the city will reach a final decision within the next week or two. The proposal at the moment is to sign on to the five-year agreement, with the ability to notify the county and withdraw from the agreement if a less expensive option presents itself. The county agreement passed by the committee includes no mention of an option to withdraw./ppThe City Council informally agreed to this framework last month, but has not voted on it./ppAll measures …read more

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