CLINTON — The Clinton City Council has agreed to increase its subsidy to the Clinton Humane Society.
With little discussion Tuesday night, the council approved the proposal from the humane society for an increase from the current $65,000 a year to $120,000.
In a related matter, the council approved a committee to talk about a new deal with the Humane Society. Ed O’Neil, representing the humane society, told the council he has a proposal for the committee to consider that would save the city money. The council also agreed to continue talks with a local veterinarian who has proposed providing the minimum services at a lower cost.
In other business, the council approved Finance Director Jessica Kinser as interim city administrator during the search for a new administrator to replace Jeffrey Horne, who resigned in November at the council's request after he had been on personal leave for several weeks.
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The council also formally approved the citizen search committee to lead the process.
During its committee-of-the-whole session, the council approved settlements in two separate lawsuits filed against the city. Yvonne Fortner had filed suit against the city claiming she was owed overtime for the Municipal Transit Authority on weekends. The case was settled for a payment of $7,500. City Attorney Jeff Farwell said the settlement would end the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint she had filed.
A second settlement involved a lawsuit filed by Hensley Disposal over the claim the city had picked up garbage from his customers over a four-month period. Bill Stone, a lawyer from the city’s insurance firm, said Hensley Disposal would be paid $11,500 in the settlement. The payment will come from the city’s insurance carrier.