Al Van Humane Society Seeks Fennville City Commission Support To Help With Animal Education
Several visitors attended the recent Fennville City Commission meeting.
Lisa Gladikas, director of Al Van Humane Society, came with three board members: Lisa Kozicki, vice president; Abbey Phelps; and Emma Caldwell, Development and Marketing Manager.
“Al Van has been in existence for 49 years,” noted Gladikas.
“We no longer euthanize animals; we have a ‘No Kill Shelter’ in South Haven. We have a 98% save-rate, and we have raised $330,000 per year for our capital budget. Half of our animals are strays and the other half are give aways.
“We try to find homes through adoption,” she said. “May is National Microchip Month and we do community education at the local schools and summer programs to educate people on how to treat animals humanely.
“One hundred percent of our budget is through donations. We cover seven municipalities. We would like a donation from Fennville and would hope you could find room in your budget. We take in 500 to 700 animals per year and it costs $400 per animal/per year. We have four part-time workers and four staff workers,” said Gladikas.
The next speaker was Richard Lowing, a veteran who is a quartermaster and is taking over the VFW organization here in Fennville with help from the local Boy Scout Troop 45.
“We will organize the Memorial Day March in Fennville,” says Lowing.”The Boy Scouts will carry the flags.”
In other business, the commissioners discussed how to manage building on a piece of property that is owned by the city and is in Manlius Township. Fennville City Attorney Crystal Bultje will check on how the city can annex the Hutchinson property on the corner of 58th and M-89.
Linda Barnes of Hop-N requested the city allow her to close Maple Street for one of the days over the Labor Day weekend so she could have a tricycle race for children. The commissioners instructed her to make a map of what part she wanted closed and submit it to them.
The city bills totaled $18,486 for the month. The commission approved their payment.
The next scheduled meeting of the Fennville City Commission will be June 5.