By Karen Daniels
Stafford’s first of the month City Council meeting covered a lot of compelling and informative topics, such as; the retiring of Phil Horton, the Assistant Chief of Police, who served the city for 28 years; the discussion of the audited financial statements and preservation of their AA Bond Rating, and the budget for the city-wide cleanup slated for April 21. However, the most interesting subject concerned the discussion of the mobile spay and neuter clinic making a request to park their bus at the Stafford Centre parking lot.
Dr. des Vignes-Kendrick of Fort Bend County Health and Human Services approached the podium and graciously presented the plan to borrow the parking lot of the Stafford Centre on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30am to 4:00pm, so that they may perform approximately 25 free spay and neuter procedures for qualifying families on government assistance.
Mayor Scarcella opened the discussion stating that he commends and supports the SNAP program, but he did not feel the Stafford Centre parking lot was the proper place to hold this. He explained, “This is not the image we want for the Stafford Centre. Houston would not put an event like this in front of the Hobby Center or the Wortham Theater.”
Dr. Kendrick advised that last year in Fort Bend County 218 stray dogs were impounded, resulting in 48 euthanizations, costing the county roughly $26,000. The mayor recommended 5th Street Park as an alternate area to hold the event. Other Council Members agreed that the cause was worthy, but also wanted to change the location.
Dr. Kendrick explained that the Stafford Centre parking lot was chosen for their visibility. Mayor Scarcella suggested that if they wanted visibility, the parking lot of City Hall has over sixty-thousand cars that drive by per day. It was agreed that the mobile clinic could hold their event at the far end of City Hall, in front of the fire-station.
If you qualify (call 713-862-3863 to verify) intake begins promptly at 6:30am and is conducted via lottery system. Pets over the age of three months can then be picked up at 4:00pm.