S. Beloit City Council hears presentation on options for roaming neighborhood cats

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SOUTH BELOIT - The South Beloit City Council heard a presentation from representatives from CARE for PETS, which offers Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release (TNVR) services for free roaming cats in Winnebago County.

Stephanie Hicks of CARE for PETS said that one unaltered cat can multiply into 30 cats in one season. That is why there are colonies of cats in some areas. She said trapping and sterilizing cats helps control the free roaming cat population. Many animal shelters do not accept free roaming or feral cats because they are difficult to socialize so they can be placed in a home. Many times these animals face euthanasia.

Hicks estimates the trapping and sterilization of a cat costs about $50 per cat. But, if this service was to be offered in South Beloit, volunteers with CARE for PETS would need the cooperation of local residents. Hicks said if someone is feeding free roaming cats, they will not go to the food source used to trap the cats, so those feeding the cats would need to stop.

Council members noted there have been complaints about free roaming cats in the community. Council members said they would be in touch with Hicks as they look at the situation further.

In other business, the council approved giving $8,500 to the South Beloit Historical Society. Funds will come from the city's Hotel/Motel Tax fund.

The council also awarded a contract for repair of a section of Route 2 to Rock Road Company at a cost of $48,460.30. The section to be repaired will run from the intersection of Gardner Street and Blackhawk Boulevard north to the railroad tracks near Turtle Creek.

The council also approved seeking bids for repairing the roof of the South Beloit Fire Station.

The council also approved a schedule of meetings to be held each week as it prepares the city budget for next year. The budget is planned to be finalized in the first week of December.

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