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Canton discusses stray cats


Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The issue of stray cats was brought up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on October 14.

Councilor Charlie Warner raised the issue of stray cats in town. He recently found four kittens near his home and while he provided them with a temporary home, he was led to Camp Companion in Rochester, where he was able to have the kittens spayed or neutered and vaccinated. He went on to say that homes have been or are being found for all four kittens. He gave the council a handout from Camp Companion that describes their Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program. The handout from the Camp Companion website describes TNR as humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a clinic where they are spayed or neutered and then have their left ears tipped. The “tipped” ear is the universal sign that a cat has been through this type of program and therefore has been vaccinated and sterilized. Warner suggested the city consider this alternative solution to help with the problem of stray and feral cats in town.

Councilor Carl Ernst raised several concerns in response. His main point was that the city and the taxpayers should not have to pay for the program. He stated that pet owners should be responsible for the bill. He also asked whether it would be a never ending cycle given the number of local farm cats and feral cats that can easily enter the city. Councilor Ross Duckett echoed Ernst’s concerns.

It was suggested that there may be people in town willing to contribute to this program or to hold a fund raiser, so that it could be done without using taxpayer dollars. It was also suggested that the TNR program could be tried once or twice to see how effective it would be.

After discussing the Council decided to table this issue to see what kind of response they get. It was agreed that if he can get enough contributions or donations to go forward Warner can approach the Council for a resolution to approve the program on a trial basis. Anyone interested in contributing to the TNR program in Canton should contact Charlie Warner.

Other business

Jon Nordsving, city maintenance worker, shared the results of the recent cleaning and inspection of the water tower. Maguire Iron, Inc. made the following recommendations: exterior cleaning and painting needed, estimated to cost $29,000-$31,000; interior sand blasting and painting in 2-3 years, estimated to cost $31,000 .....
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Canton reviews proposed budget

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The proposed budget for 2016 was reviewed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on September 9. Canton’s current 2016 Projected Tax Levy shows an 8% increase, which is expected to go down as the end of the year approaches and more ..... 
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Canton asks for cleaner streets

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Following recent street repairs, the Canton City Council addressed concerns of horse droppings on city streets at their regular meeting on August 12. Street repairs were recently completed in Canton and the council agreed that they are satisfied a ..... 
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Street repairs in Canton

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Plans were made for street repairs at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on July 8. Jon Nordsving, city maintenance employee, had gotten a quote for repairing many of the streets in Canton. The estimate was $26,500 for about 60% of ..... 
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New water meters for Canton

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New water meters were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on June 10. The council has previously discussed the need for new meters as the type currently in use are no longer being made and cannot be repaired since parts ..... 
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Sheriff Kaase visits Canton

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase introduced himself at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on May 13. After sharing a bit about his background, Sheriff Kaase discussed his plans for the future stating, “I don’t f ..... 
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Fire Department looking for more space in Canton

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fire Chief Randy Gossman was present at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 8 to ask about the possibility of expanding the Fire Department. Gossman stated that the Canton Fire Department is very tight on space and they going t ..... 
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Canton supports state funding for city streets

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution supporting state funding for streets in cities with population under 5,000 was approved at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on March 11. Minnesota has over 141,000 miles of roadway and 13% of those, over 19,000 miles, ar ..... 
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Canton seeks Green Community Grant

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The City of Canton will be applying for the Rockwell-Collins Green Community Grant, which provides up to $2,500 for a community project that is green and environmentally friendly. An estimate for the proposed project was reviewed at the regular m ..... 
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