Friday, October 22, 2010

Serving the Towns of Bethany – Orange - Woodbridge
Phone @203) 389-5991

135 Bradley Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Unapproved Minutes for DAC Board Meeting October 14, 2010

Present: Joan Blaskey, Joseph Hellauer, Cheryl Lipson, Fred Dray, Brian Laubstein, DVM, Pamela Andreson, Clerk
Absent: James Zeoli
Guest: Kim McClure Brinton, Margie Schenk, Jeanine Russo, Bridge Albert, Chris Kowal, Pat Rubin
Staff: Paul Niedmann, Gail Evanko, Dave Dorso, Dottie Bedan

1) Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Blaskey at 7:35 PM.
2) Pledge Of Allegiance was recited.
3) Introductions.
4) Albert addressed the board with a possible solution to the communication issues between DAC, DAC Board and AARF. She suggested Margie Schenk be the new liaison between DAC and AARF. Albert would be a back-up in case Schenk was not available. Hellauer read an excerpt from the letter that AARF sent to DAC. He asked that AARF not make decisions on their own if Niedmann could not be reached. He asked that Blaskey or another Board member be contacted. Albert agreed. Laubstein asked what criteria does AARF use to determine what animals get help. Albert and Schenk answered that it depends mostly on AARF's finances. McClure, Laubstein, and Dray gave updates on Henrie. ACO's got 3 estimates for Henrie's treatment were between $1,600 and $1,800. Evanko stated that Henrie is responding well to oral medication. Laubstein stated that he should have bloodwork twice a year. Next step is to have Henrie reevaluated in 2 weeks. Laubstein asked to be copied in on results for input. All approved.
5) Review and approval of September 13, 2010 meeting. Blaskey was informed that if a motion was made during a meeting it needs to be filed with the towns within 24-48 hours. Minutes need to be filed within 7 days. Motion Lipson/Dray to accept minutes. Four members approved, 1 abstained. Hellauer stated that the CEO's of the 3 towns will meet after the audit. Payroll will be streamlined. Genovese will be taking over some of the financial management.
6) Census – Paul Niedmann: Eight animals were redeemed, 5 sold as pets, 1 DOA, 4 carried over and there are 12 cats. One hundred-twentyeight calls. Niedmann would like surveillance camera's installed to try and catch people dropping off animals. Blaskey asked Niedmann to get estimates for camera's. DEP states that DAC can take small racoons to rehab. Large animals need to be destroyed if they are injured.
7) Treasurer's Report – Joseph Hellauer: Checking account has $38,364.09. Money Market has $1,449.06. Total is $39,813.15. Extra expenses this month include washer, audit, repair on vehicles and other maintenance issues. Protocol to have animals vaccinated needs to be put in place. McClure-Brinton stated that she used to come down to the shelter once a week to vaccinate animals. Niedmann explained that the frequent turnover of staff has caused turmoil. Wait 7 days for animals to get rabies vaccine and have McClure-Brinton come to the shelter once a week again to give vaccinations.
8) Chairman's Report – Joan Blaskey: Blaskey asked if any board members were available to have meetings during the day. No one is available. Dray started a discussion on conflict of interest and getting the cheapest price even if it is not within the 3 towns. ACO's asked about getting photo ID's as DAC officers for use at Emergency Clinics such as Central. McClure-Brinton asked to be called on her cell phone if there are any issues getting treatment at Central.
9) Motion Hellauer/Dray to go into executive session at 9:10 PM to discuss Personnel issues. Blaskey invited Niedmann to stay. No motions made, no actions taken during executive session. Return to regular session at 10:23 PM.
10) Board voted to have 2 full time ACO's and 2 part time ACO's.
11) Meeting adjourned at 10:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Pamela Andreson