Thursday, October 18, 2012
More than $18K left from $30K budgeted for the year for new animal shelter services.
Bloomingdale's new North Jersey Community Animal Shelter has the potential to break even for the year with matching costs and revenue, according to Borough Administrator Ted Ehrenburg. Ehrenburg gave a report on the figures for the shelter at the council's special meeting Monday. During his report, he said the Animal Control Office (ACO) reported $18,597 left out of the $30,000 that was budgeted for the year for animal sheltering services. The shelter is now being operated in-house by the ACO after the borough and the Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) could not agree on the terms of a new contract.It opened under the new management and with a new name in May. "We wanted to not exceed $30,000 as an operating expense," …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Shelter open seven days a week from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Borough of Bloomingdale cut the ribbon Saturday on its new animal shelter, the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter. The shelter, which replaces the former Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) shelter at 23 Brandt Lane, has technically been operational since late February when the borough decided to run animal sheltering services in-house after not reaching an agreement on a contract with BASS. It is run by the borough's Animal Control Office (ACO), which includes officers Lisa Perry, Jennifer Adams and Kaitlyn Kopshaw, and volunteers. Perry said since opening, approximately 40 cats and 25 dogs have been sheltered. Currently, there are about 20 cats at the shelter and four dogs, three of which were surrendered by their …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Children to donate proceeds of sales to BASS.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Cousins Colin MacKenn, Mac Bross and Zoe Bross sold lemonade at Glenwild Garden Center last weekend to raise money for the Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS). They raised $40 for the organization, which is currently looking for a new shelter facility.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Council voted 6-0 to run shelter internally.
After 16 years of servicing the borough, Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) will no longer be sheltering animals in Bloomingdale after the borough council voted 6-0 to run the shelter internally Tuesday. The council discussed the issue in a late executive session during Tuesday night's meeting and Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said following the discussion, Councilman John D'Amato motioned that the borough run the shelter in-house "due to financial issues in the borough." The motion was seconded by Councilman Ray Yazdi and approved unanimously. BASS has been requesting a five-year contract with the borough for most of this year and in years prior to compensate them for sheltering services for seven towns that were added to BASS…
Monday, March 5, 2012
BASS still considering other locations.
The Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) has taken the first step in possibly negotiating an agreement with the Borough of Bloomingdale by rescinding its bid on a five-year contract that would have given them $31,500 per year. On Tuesday, the Bloomingdale Council will discuss how they would like to move forward with animal sheltering services for the borough and if they would like to negotiate with BASS during an executive session. "We recieved notice that they rescinded their bid and wish to sit down and speak with the governing body to negotiate," Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said. "The governing body will discuss the issue in executive session on Tuesday, how they wish to proceed." At the council's Feb. 21 meeting, Borough …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
BASS to consider rejecting bid in hopes they can negotiate with borough.
Dozens of animal lovers and Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) supporters filled the Bloomingdale Council chambers Tuesday night as BASS President Ellen Ribitzki pleaded with the borough council to work with the organization and begin paying for its sheltering services this year. But after a nearly four-hour discussion, it seemed as though the ball has been in BASS' court on whether to move forward with an agreement with the borough since Dec. 30 and despite vacating the Brandt Lane premises this weekend, it is possible that BASS can continue operating the Bloomingdale shelter. Borough Attorney Fred Semrau updated the council and said that the borough is legally unable to succumb to the changes BASS would like made to the …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Animals moved out of shelter, mayor said contract was offered but not signed.
Nearly 100 animals were moved out of the Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society's (BASS) Brandt Lane shelter Sunday night, the majority of animals being sheltered in foster homes. BASS President Ellen Ribitzki said volunteers moved the animals in preparation of what she expects to be another council meeting Tuesday where terms that were included in the contract offered to them Dec. 30 are not agreed upon by both parties. Ribitzki said there are still two dogs at the facility working with shelter trainers and a few cats. Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said Monday night the first time he heard about BASS beginning to vacate the property was at about 3 p.m. Monday. "They didn't reach out to anybody in any official capacity stating that they …
Friday, February 10, 2012
5 things you need to know this Friday.
With the lack of snow this year, it's unclear whether the tri-boro will have a winter at all (although the National Weather Service is predicting some snow for tonight). So why not start thinking about spring early? Lots of tri-boro businesses and organizations are gearing up for the warm weather early. Here are five things you need to know to prepare in advance:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Mayor said borough not obligated to pay BASS after Dec. 30 until contract is signed.
Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) President Ellen Ribitzki approached the borough council Tuesday night to ask why BASS did not receive the same monthly payment of $2,500 that the donor-funded organization received in November and December, but she was not pleased with the answer. BASS has been requesting a contract with the borough for six years and Ribitzki has said BASS can no longer continue to operate without receiving funding from the borough after having to care for more animals since the borough has expanded shared services agreements for animal control with other local municipalities (Butler, North Caldwell, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale, Wanaque and Ringwood). Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy told Ribitzki that since the …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Contract between borough and animal shelter society still not signed.
The Borough of Bloomingdale may have awarded the Bloomingdale Regional Animal Shelter Society (BASS) a contract, which they have been asking for for six years according to BASS President Ellen Ribitzki. But a month after it was awarded, the contract still has not be signed by BASS and put into effect by the borough. At the Bloomingdale Council's meeting Tuesday, Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said the five-year contract has not yet been signed because BASS' attorney had requested several changes to the contract that was presented. Among those changes, Ribitzki said BASS wanted a clause included that would allow the organization the same 120-day termination clause as was provided to the borough in the contract that was awarded on Dec. 30. But …