At right, General Services Director for the City of Farmington, Julie Baird answers questions for, from left, Tonya Stinson, Kerwin Gober and State Rep. Tom Taylor after a tour, Friday, June 14, 2013, of the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
- Jan 10:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter holds grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony
- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- May 6:
- Farmington Animal Shelter to hold cat, kitten adoption special
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Apr 12:
- Farmington Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and foster homes
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Apr 4:
- Farmington chooses BDA Architecture for new animal shelter
- Mar 30:
- Farmington Animal Shelter has new, enthusiastic director
Farmington — On Tuesday evening, the city council will discuss whether to include a $50,000 crematory at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.
A presentation by City Manager Rob Mayes includes the crematory as well as a funding agreement with San Juan County, a contract agreement with the county and a report on the project's evolution since planning and discussion began in 2008.
The original project's plans did not include a crematory, Mayes said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.
"However, our new (Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs) director in close consultation with the Animal Services Advisory Commission has recommended to me that we include a crematory," he said. "It's a much more humane process of dealing with (euthanized) animals."
The city currently takes euthanized animals to the landfill, Mayes said.
"It's a long-standing process that we feel is less than dignified," he said.
In addition to being more humane, the crematory will pay for itself in two years, Mayes said. City council will also consider final approval of a cost-sharing agreement for the $4.6 million shelter project with San Juan County, he said. The county's share would be $650,000.
Mayor Tommy Roberts said he is pleased with progress on the shelter project.
"I feel that we're going to have a facility that will be functional in all the ways that the animal welfare activists hoped it would be," he said. "In my opinion, it's been a well-managed project. I have every reason to believe that we'll be pleased with the finished project."
Greg Yee covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @GYeeDT on Twitter.