Floyd County Commissioners changed an ordinance this week that will now allow veterinarians and humane societies to catch and neuter feral cats then release them back into the wild. County Manger Jamie McCord said that other counties in Georgia had already adopted the ordinance and it has helped reduce the feral cat population.
Commissioners also voted to pay $500 a piece for two tracts of land in North Floyd, on Everett Springs Road. The land will be used to install a water pump station and water tank.
A $450,000 contract was also awarded to Peacock Partnership to design and build the county’s new animal control and special operations training facilities at 99North Ave.
Commissioners are looking to have a called meeting in December to finalize the design and construction costs. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for early January. Plans are to have it completed by October 2016.
A first reading was also held to create an ordinance regarding the use of electronic cigarettes or other vapor products. The proposal said that the products would be banned inside all Floyd County buildings unless they are prescribed by a physician.
A public hearing followed by a vote on the amendment is scheduled for the board’s Dec. 8 meeting set for 2 p.m.