Maclean requesting extension for submitting proposals for operation of city animal shelter

Some city commissioners have been discussing potential partnerships with the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center since February and public discussions began in the spring.

The discussions have centered around whether a partnership in some form would be beneficial to the operation of the Great Falls Animal Shelter.

In October, City Manager Greg Doyon presented a draft request for proposals for the operation of the city’s animal shelter and asked for commissioners to review and provide feedback.

During the Nov. 5 meeting there was brief discussion and Commissioner Mary Moe sent comments via email requesting that the process be open to any potential bidders. Doyon had recommended only requesting proposals from Maclean since he believes they are the agency in the region with the ability to provide the needed services.

The request for proposals was released on Nov. 15 with a Jan. 8 deadline for submissions.

On Nov. 19, city clerk’s office received a letter from Pam Volk, Maclean’s director, asking for a 30-60 day extension.

In the letter, Volk wrote that “in making your decision regarding this request, we ask that the parties involved consider the fact that three federal holidays will occur between the time this RFP was issued and its due date. In addition, during this same timeframe our [board] president has a week-long, pre-planned commitment for which she already has
plane and lodging reservations.”

During their Dec. 3 meeting, commissioners will consider whether to extend the RFP deadline by 30 or 60 days or keep the original Jan. 8 deadline.

For the full background on discussions between the city and Maclean and how they reached this point, read The Electric’s previous coverage:

City accepting proposals for services and operations related to the animal shelter

Commission to consider change order to cattery contract for utility line relocation; animal shelter discussion on work session agenda

City continuing to explore options for animal care, staff developed draft request for proposal from Maclean

Odds and ends from the Aug. 6 commission meeting: storm damage, library fun run, dumpster explosion, Maclean update

Robinson, Moe: City should take over review of partnership options with Maclean

Update on city, Maclean foundation discussions on tonight’s work session agenda

Commission approves cattery contract; Maclean partnership discussions ongoing

City Commission rescinds April 2 action putting cattery contract on May 7 agenda

Cattery back on commission agenda for special meeting

Commission reverses course on cattery decision for city animal shelter

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Commission delays cattery decision to September, effectively rejecting bids

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City again seeking bids for cattery addition at the Great Falls Animal Shelter