Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Environmental Services Agency



November 16, 2004


December 14, 2004



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Marcia Raines, Environmental Services Agency Director


Amendments to Peninsula Humane Society and City Contracts



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Environmental Services Agency Director to execute an Amendment to the Agreement with the twenty cities of the County for the provision of Animal Control Services and an Amendment to the Agreement with the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to provide Animal Control Services to the County and twenty cities increasing the contract term from three years to five years, adding additional services and increasing the PHS land lease an additional two years upon receipt of all executed City/County agreements for Animal Control Services.



The County has contracted with PHS for Animal Control Services to all cities and the unincorporated areas of the County for over 45 years. The twenty cities of the County have historically contracted with the County for Animal Control Services. On June 17, 2003 your Board adopted resolution 066067 approving an Agreement with PHS for shelter and field Animal Control Services for the entire County, and resolution 066066 approving an Agreement with the twenty cities of the County to provide Animal Control Services. Both Agreements are three-year contracts terminating June 30, 2006. The FY 2003-04 contract amount was $4,454,397 and the contract allows a 5% increase between fiscal years. The County has leased the land occupied by PHS since 1971 for the rate of $1 (one dollar) per year. The current lease terminates August 12, 2006.



The County, cities and Peninsula Humane Society wish to extend the Animal Control Services contract an additional two years through June 30, 2008. In order to do so, the amendments also extends the land lease with PHS through June 30, 2008. The County and cities have also requested savings on the Animal Control contract given the current reductions at the County and city level. Although the Amendments provide for a 5% increase for each additional year of service, PHS has agreed to $732,510 in savings over the five-year term. The PHS contract Amendment also requires PHS to provide investigation of all animal bites (rabies quarantines) which occur in the County. PHS will provide this service for an additional $75,000 for the remainder of FY 2004-05, $150,000 for FY 2005-06, $154,500 for FY 2006-07, and $159,135 for FY 2007-08, and provide the service under the direction of the County Health Officer.



The Agreements for Animal Control Services keep the commitment of ensuring basic health and safety for all and responsive, effective and collaborative government and goals number 7: Maintain and enhance the public safety of all residents and visitors, and number 22: County and local governments effectively communicate, collaborate and develop strategic approaches to issues effecting the entire County. The Agreements contribute to this commitment and goal by providing animal control services which protect the public health and safety through a collaborative, County-wide approach.



The Amendment to the PHS contract represents a total savings to the County and cities of $732,510 over the five-year contract term, assuming a 5% increase between contract years. The additional amounts for quarantine services, including the $75,000 in FY 2004-05, are appropriated in the Health Services budget. For FY 2004-05, the PHS contract amount will decrease by $111,424. The city and County cost distribution formula is updated yearly. This year the County’s share of costs increased from 6.92% to 7.39%, therefore there is no impact on Net County Cost.