Monday, October 20th, 2014

City Council Discusses Selling Unused land And Hears Concerns about Feral Cats

city-of-yumaThe Yuma City Council on Wednesday night discussed options regarding some property they own near the State prison.  There are some 640 acres they have that was purchased well over 30-years ago. 

The original intent was to use it for secondary landfill space, but has never been used.  Now the city wants to sell off about 80 acres of that property. 

City Council member Paul Johnson brought up that there is about 700 years worth of landfill use at the property and does not mind seeing the city lose the 80-acres in question for either commercial or industrial improvements.

Council members also heard a complaint about the overpopulation of feral cats in the city.  There is currently a trap and release program the city is using after partnering with the Humane Society of Yuma. 

Part of the issue citizens have however is limited days the trapping and releasing of the cats can be done and the extra travel with having to get a report from the police department to turn into the Humane Society to be reimbursed for the cost – making in most cases an extra trip to deliver the animals once they are trapped.  The council acknowledged the trap and release program is in its early stages and improvements to the program will come about.

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