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Mabel City Council addresses feral cat problem


Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

Michelle Raaen addressed the Mabel City Council at their November 9 meeting. “I’ve heard complaints around town about the feral cats,” she commented. She was willing to work with the city to come up with a way to deal with the problem other than using the standard catch and kill method. “I can start an organization and fundraise for it if the city doesn’t want to be involved,” Raaen offered.

Mayor Jim Westby thanked Raaen for her concern and willingness to help, but informed her that the city does not employ the catch and kill method. Instead, feral cats are captured and taken to area farms to live. “We have not killed any. They’re good for the farms,” he noted. After they’re moved, farmers generally keep them in an enclosed area with food and water for a time to encourage them to stay put. There are currently several farmers who have requested more cats.

Raaen was relieved to hear that the cats are not killed. “It would be best to fix them before taking them to the farms. We could use a clip on the ear to identify which ones have been fixed,” she suggested. She has already spoken with Camp Companion, an animal rescue organization, to find a cost effective way to do so. For groups of eight or more cats, the cost would run approximately $50-$60 per cat to have them spayed and neutered.

Raaen also volunteered to put together a group of people willing to figure out how to keep the feral cats in town out of residents’ gardens and lawns by using feeding sites and sandboxes on the outskirts of town.

Council member Melissa Folstad asked about the possibility of distributing information to Mabel residents on the importance of not feeding the feral cats so as to get them under control. “They’re good for mice control,” she added, noting that it can be helpful to have at least a few cats around town.

It was stressed that Mabel residents are encouraged to call the city to report feral cats and can have full assurance that the cats will not be killed, but relocated.

The council discussed the potential sale of the fire department’s tanker truck. Bids had been accepted at a prior meeting to sell it, but came in under the expected amount and so were turned down. “Should we get rid of it or try to get more for it?” City Administrator Karen Larson asked. The matter was tabled while Mayor Westby finds out more informa .....
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Mabel-Canton seeks new music teacher

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel-Canton school board accepted the resignation of music teacher Connor Jones, effective immediately at their October 18 meeting. So far, they have only one applicant for the job and are actively seeking more. Calls have been made to local c ..... 
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Mabel council approves ambulance purchase

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council reviewed two bids for a new ambulance for the Mabel Ambulance Service. One was from Mccoy Miller and the other from Lifeline. Mayor Jim Westby noted that there were significant discrepancies between the two bids, such as diff ..... 
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Mabel City Council hears noise complaint from resident

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Mabel Resident Lois Suckow asked that the council take action to address the loud noises coming from the American Legion and the On/Off Sale Bar. She had spoken at the August council meeting as well, but reported that the situati ..... 
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Enrollment holding steady at Mabel-Canton Schools

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

Mabel-Canton welcomed 20 new students to the district this year. “Enrollment is currently at about 260,” Superintendent Jennifer Backer stated. “We haven’t seen those numbers in a while. It’s normal for them to ebb and flow all the time, ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School preps for upcoming school year

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

At their August 16 meeting, the Mabel-Canton School Board approved the hiring of elementary teacher Laura Vatland, paraprofessional Kim Underbakke, music teacher Kimberly Svanoe, and paraprofessional and SAC coordinator Amanda Jensen, all for the 20 ..... 
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Mabel Council approves rezoning request

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The August Mabel City Council meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss a re-zoning request received from Merle and Barb Halvorson. In 2004, Barb was looking for a building in which to open her hair salon and was unable to find any available ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior ..... 
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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