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UPDATE: Red Bank considering deal with McKamey

RED BANK, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) – The Red Bank city manager says he wants to use McKamey as the city's animal control service.

Red Bank City Manager Chris Dorsey tells Channel 3 he asked the City Council for permission to end a long-standing contract with the Hamilton County Humane Educational Society.

Dorsey says in 2009 they addressed concerns with HCHES about unanswered calls, which he says still persist two years later.

"We have had a couple of small issues with HES in the past, dealing with answering calls on time and just some minor things like that," Dorsey told Channel 3 Wednesday.

"I've not heard that," said Guy Bilyeu, Executive Director HES, "so it's hard for me to comment to Mr. Dorsey or city officials."

Guy Bilyeu, executive director for HES, says the last time he was contacted by Red Bank about service issues was in 2007.

"I gave my cell phone, my office line, my supervisor's and manager's line," said Bilyeu, "we've heard nothing since 2007."

Red Bank spends $63,000 per year on animal control services with HCHES. Dorsey says he feels McKamey will be able to provide better services because their facility is half a mile from the Red Bank city limits.

"They're just right outside our city limits, and with Red Bank being totally surrounded by Chattanooga, it makes for a good fit because I see McKamey trucks go through here all the time," said Dorsey.

McKamey's Executive Director, Karen Walsh, says at the end of the day it's a business decision.

"If somebody's looking for a contract at animal services and they choose to go with other available animal services, then we're happy to offer if they'd like to go with us," said Karen Walsh.

Dorsey says he has 90 days to terminate the contract with HCHES. A contract has not yet been drawn up for services from McKamey.

Dorsey says Red Bank would be the first city outside of Chattanooga to contract with McKamey.

"To me it's probably just a misunderstanding," said Bilyeu, "so it's for us to go and present our case and of course with any business, it's their decision to make."

Editor's note: Initial report indicated a contract had been executed with McKamey. We have spoken with Red Bank to get clarification the status of the process.

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