Cottonwood Shores holds off on proposed animal shelter, vacant council position

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

COTTONWOOD SHORES — A proposal to rezone a portion of east Cottonwood Shores for an animal shelter and the election of a replacement for a vacant council position were put off until later meetings.

The council directed Living Love Animal Rescue to develop a more specific plan about what will be built and where it will be placed on the property at 761 Driftwood Lane.

“When you bring this back, you have to have a clear idea of what will be built and where and what abatements to anyone’s concerns might be, so we have something to vote on,” council member Stephen Sherry said.

Executive director Sandra Santee presented plans for the shelter to the council and attendees concerned about the proposed building. Santee said she plans for the shelter to have puppies and a small number of dogs available for adoption. The shelter also will have cats on the property.

Some neighbors at the meeting raised concerns about the possibility of dogs barking, smells from waste and increased traffic.

“A rule I have is if I can’t get them adopted into forever homes within a reasonable time frame, like a month, then we move them to major facilities,” she said. “The most grown dogs I’ve ever had is eight at any one particular time.”

Santee said she would listen to complaints and concerns and work to develop solutions to any potential problems.

The council voted to discuss the matter at its second July meeting and to have another public hearing or workshop on the same date, July 18.

Also at the meeting, the council had the opportunity to formally accept Mary Ann Houser’s resignation after she took a job in Colorado. The council voted 4-0 for Mayor Donald Orr to present nominations at the next meeting. The next meeting was moved from July 4 to July 11.

Other July 4 holiday changes include city offices being closed July 4 and 5. Emergency services will remain available those days.

The city has hired an interim assistant city administrator, Karrie Cummings. Orr has been acting as mayor and city administrator since Janet Taylor-Carusi’s resignation. Cummings, the city’s former city secretary and then city administrator from 2009 to 2011, will work on an interim basis until a full-time city administrator is hired.

jared@thepicayune.com