by Fred Woods

The Lee County Commission breezed through a short agenda last Monday evening, approving a retail liquor license for the Buckwild Saloon in Smiths Station, after assurances from the owner that traffic concerns would be addressed.

The commission also heard a request for County funding from the Greater Peace Child Development Program and reached agreement on a contract between the county and Lee County Humane Society for the impoundment and adoption of cats and dogs captured by county animal control officers.

The county has, for several years, contracted with the humane society to house, care for, administer and dispose of — through adoption, euthanizing or other means — dogs and cats originating from unincorporated areas of the county.

This year’s contract had not been signed due to disagreement between the county and the previous director of the society over funds, so, per contract, both parties had been operating under the 2012 contract provisions.

Through the efforts of Chris Bozeman, Lee County Environmental Services Director, and Bobby Yeo, Executive Director of the Lee County Humane Society, agreement was reached on the previously budgeted amount of $127,923 for 2013 and a number of contract clauses were brought into conformity with other county contracts.

Commissioners expressed their appreciation to Ms. Yeo for her cooperation with the county in meeting this need, with the Society often going beyond the contract’s requirements in helping the county with wildlife and other animal problems.