Feral cats becoming an issue in Crossfield
Crossfield Council Breifs: From the June 7 meeting
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 03:43 pm
Crossfield Peace Officer Jeff Richards along with Critters Pet Supplies and Tails to Tell Animal Shelter owner Edna Jackson warned Crossfield Town council that the number of feral cats in the community is rising, June 7.
Richards said that the issue is very visible, and after having to put down three cats in the past week, both Richards and Jackson want some help.
“We want them (council) to give us a hand with it, give us some moral or financial support,” said Jackson.
“We are doing this for the town, not for us. It’s been an ongoing issue since I have been here. Now lets do something about it.”
Jackson has been running her shelter, a not-for-profit organization for five years, and has dealt with about 35 feral cats in the past five years.
Council asked Richards and Jackson to put together some ideas for how the Town can help with the issue, but would not commit any sort of financial support.
“The best way to battle against this is to let people know there is this problem, and educate them,” said Crossfield Mayor Nathan Anderson. “I tip my hat to them, they are passionate about what they do.”
Some residents have been putting food out for cats, which just makes the problem worse, Jackson said.
“You are really not helping the situation. The situation is that we want these cats to go back to their home,” said Jackson. “As long as you are feeding them, they won’t go home.”
The two major solutions that Jackson mentioned were a catch and release program, which would see the animal spayed or neutered and returned to the location it was picked up from.
The other solution would be a barn cat program, where the cats are spayed or neutered, then given to a farmer who needs his mouse population brought under control.
Richards and Jackson are expected to attend the next council meeting to propose with a plan to curb the feral cat issue in Crossfield.
Slow down Crossfield
Richards also informed council that speeding motorist are causing problems.
Council will be looking into borrowing a speed indicator sign from the Town of Carstairs, to remind drivers that the posted speed limit is not just a suggestion.
The sign will also record the amount of drivers who pass, and their speed.
“People need to watch their speed,” said Anderson. “A sign like that hits you in a different part of the mind that you need to slow down. I like it because it’s not so intrusive by handing people tickets.”
Richards invited members of council to a traffic duty day to see the speeds drivers are taking on roads like Railway St., Munsen St., Saskatchewan St. and Mountain Ave.
“When you think about speeding in the context that it can hurt someone, and their family, it really speaks to your heart,” said Anderson. “People will start slowing down because they want to.”
Town signage upgrades
Council mulled over the options of purchasing a digital LED sign for use in town, replacing the old-style caged-letter signs.
“This idea is the way of the future, the way we do it right now is so archaic,” said Anderson.
The town has the option of purchasing the sign, or leasing it, with both options viable according to Anderson.
“This sign can pay for itself, be a zero cost to the taxpayer,” said Anderson.
“To me it’s a no-brainer because you can sell that advertising to offset the costs.”
Anderson says that its important for the town to have good communication, and this easy-to-use digital sign will give people a ‘one-second bit of information.’
The issue was tabled until the next council meeting on June 21.