Official says Roseville saves $26,000 with Macomb County Animal Control

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 27, 2017

 Roseville City Controller John Walters gives a presentation on Roseville’s savings from using Macomb County for animal control services during the Roseville City Council meeting Dec. 12.

Roseville City Controller John Walters gives a presentation on Roseville’s savings from using Macomb County for animal control services during the Roseville City Council meeting Dec. 12.

Photo by Bria Brown

ROSEVILLE — In the past, Roseville residents voiced their opinions and complaints about animal control costs and the city switching to Macomb County for animal control; as a result, Roseville City Controller John Walters gave a presentation on animal control costs to the Roseville City Council during its Dec. 12 meeting.

 Roseville residents did not want the city to have a contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights to provide veterinarian services and housing for animals. The city had an animal control officer at the time, and it continued the city’s trap-neuter-return program to deal with feral cats. In April, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved turning over animal control to Macomb County July 1. The city now has a five-year agreement with the county through June 30, 2022. 

Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor explained to the public why Walters was at the meeting. 

“Upon some various issues and possible complaints about our animal control transition, Mr. Walters is here to explain to the residents and everyone here how we arrived at our situation and the savings to go to the county for our animal control services and its costs,” said Taylor. 

According to Walters, the collaboration to consolidate services is encouraged by the state of Michigan. 

“The state has really encouraged local communities and other governments to collaborate with other governments to make services more efficient for residents to save money, minimize costs — and there’s oftentimes grants available from the state for governments that make this effort,” he said. 

Walters said Roseville having a contract with the county for animal control activities allows police officers to “concentrate on police activities.” 

Walters also mentioned that the city no longer has to train the Department of Public Works staff and is saving when it comes to “registration, lodging, mileage, wages and benefit costs,” which the city would incur if it were to administer animal control services. 

According to Walters, the contract with the county results in an annual savings of over $26,000. 

Walters put together a list of costs that would occur if Roseville performed the services. 

The list included wages and benefit costs for the primary animal control officer, which Walters said was approximately $86,000. An estimated overtime based on average overtime in Roseville’s last couple of years amounted to just less than $3,000, he said. 

Uniform costs totaled about $700. Education and training for two officers was approximately $2,000, according to the list.

The annual cost of the animal control truck — including gas, oil changes, other maintenance and insurance and taxes — was about $13,500.

The list also went into detail about the estimated annual costs to the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights, All About Animals Rescue, Animal Urgent Care and a one-time grant from Petco to offset the cost for All About Animals at approximately $14,500. 

Other costs on the list included animal control equipment, legal costs, the animal control officer’s cellphone, secondary officer time, administrative time for calls and other clerical work, supervisor review of reporting, and other administrative support costs. 

“All in all, we estimate the total annual cost of animal control to be about $157,000,” said Walters. 

He added that the city receives revenue to offset the cost for license fees, “that’s ranged over the last 12 years anywhere from a high of $24,000 a year to a low of $16,000. Most recently, it was $16,000.”

The net cost to Roseville for animal control is about $137,604, Walters said. 

Walters said he believes Roseville is paying the county “for a better service” because the county has “better equipment.” 

“We pay them $111,000 for the 2018 year. So that’s about a savings of just over $26,000,” said Walters. 

Taylor thanked Walters for his presentation; there were no comments from the council. One member of the public thanked Walters and asked for copies of his numbers.