CORRECTION: The name of the county animal control director, Chris Tucker, was incorrect in an earlier version of this story and in our print edition. We apologize for the error.
Bedford County Animal Control wants to raise its adoption fee from $63 to $65 in order to pay for the cost of an ID tag to be given with each adopted pet.
The tag will be different from the tag indicating that a pet has its rabies vaccination.
Animal control director Chris Tucker made the request during a meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee. The committee voted to recommend the change to the full commission.
Warner said that while some owners have microchips implanted in their pets to be used in case a pet is lost or runs away, that market is still young -- and, because there are several companies offering the service, there's sometimes confusion even when a microchipped pet is found, as officials try to match the microchip information with one of the providers.
Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported to the law enforcement committee that it would still like 10 cars, not nine as approved earlier this month by the full commission, and so a budget amendment will be presented to the financial management committee next week.
The department had originally requested five new cars for the current fiscal year but was cut back to three. It then came back with a proposal to lease 10 cars for a three-year period; county finance officials said the county could achieve the same effect for less cost with an inter-department loan, but when the measure was voted on by the full commission it was for only nine cars, not 10.
* The commission's courthouse and county property committee voted to allow a historic Civil War marker on the county courthouse lawn.
* The courthouse committee welcomed new member Bob Davis and elected Billy King as chair and Linda Yockey as vice-chair. Tony Smith, the committee's previous chairman, was moved this month from the courthouse committee to the financial management committee.
* The committee approved suplus property declarations from Bedford County Juvenile Court, the county mayor's office and the circuit court clerk's office, sending them on to the full county commission for approval.