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Kootenai Pets for Life Monthly Meeting Minutes May 11,2022

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at 1st Montana Bank on Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 5:30pm.
Attending were Jeff and Tessa Sharp, Becky Monroe, Bonnie Edmundson, Deb Frey, Marge Sullivan, Eileen Carney, Bobbi McCanse, Anita Beasley and Linda Andreasen.

Jeff proposed that the reading of the Minutes not take place. If an error is noted, bring to the next meeting and it can be reviewed and/or corrected. Motion by Becky to approve, Bonnie 2nd. Motion carried.

Becky reviewed the Treasurer's report. We had a loss for the month of $1023.25. Donations are down. The generator will be ordered soon. Our storage unit wants to start charging us $50. month. Inquiries will be made for a new, free space. Motion to release storage unit made by Linda 1st and Marge 2nd. Motion carried. Becky noted we saved $73.30 last month with our new heat pump.

For the cat committee Jeff reported we need a second mama/kitten cage. He's searching for possibilities. For the dog committee Jeff reports that the pea gravel has been dispursed. Also the flap in Gunner's pen has been replaced with hopefully non-chewable material. Jeff read the shelter report. Adoptions 7; 1 cat, 6 dogs. Intakes 9; 1 cat, 8 dogs. Returned to us 1 cat. Special circumstances 1 cat. Fosters 39; 4 cats, 35 dogs. Cats in shelter 24 + 3 outside cats. Dogs in shelter 8. April spay/neuter 16; 6 cats, 10 dogs. Microchip 5. Vouchers 2.

Fund raising read by Eileen: Boutique Brielle $157., Facebook $80., Libby Banks $65.43, Thrivent $125., Troy Banks $61.92.

Old business: No new grants. Search for food grants also. When the dog kitchen is converted to an office, cyclone fencing will be used to partition. The city wants to redefine our lease agreement. The city will also pay for the land survey. The dog kennels concrete block dividers are on hold, no workers to be found.

New business: We all agree there are too many pets in foster. Linda will ask our current vet her thought on age to spay/neuter for cats and dogs. According to the vets recommendation we will adjust our spay/neuter foster agreement to lessen the tracking and cost of fosters. This subject to be revisited at the June meeting. Home checks for adoptions will continue. The discussion for the Directors positon is time consuming. We will bring
questions/concerns/remarks to each meeting and discuss for 15-30 minutes per meeting. Bonnie will moderate. Motion to accept by Becky 1st, Bonnie 2nd. Motion carried.

Jeff reviewed a new microchip called Fi Nano. Cost is $3.00 per vs. current Home Again chip is $10. per. All agreed to try Fi Nano. Also, GPS collars were discussed. Motion to postpone for now by Becky 1st, Bonnie 2nd. Motion carried. Jeff will call for comparative retail prices for microchips.

Linda is to be gone some days in June. Jeff will help find coverage. Iva DeShazer's house burned to the ground. There will be an envelope at the
shelter for people to donate.

Motion to adjourn by Becky 1st, Linda 2nd. Meeting adjourned at 7:05pm.
Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

Kootenai Pets for Life Monthly Meeting Minutes April 13,2022

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at 1st Montana Bank on Wednesday April 13, 2022 at 5:30pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Jeff and Tessa Sharp, Becky Monroe, Bonnie Edmundson, Deb Frey, Tina Green, Lynn Hagarty, Edwina Smith, Bobbi McCanse, Susan Bulyar and Iva DeShazer.

The minutes were approved as read by Bonnie.

Becky handed out the Treasurer's report. The highlights are $30,000. from Eugene Vaughn estate, $15,304. from Jordan's Way campaign minus $3500. for his percent, and $7,140. total so far for 2022 letter. Annual taxes to prepare cost $1,328. and the plans for the dog addition cost $501.

Becky reported about the cat committee meeting. Cat intake must stay in intake for 5 days after their shots, then transfered to Nations cage. When neutered they must stay separate for 2 days before Nations cage. When spayed they must stay 7 days before Nations cage. Kittens must be 5-6 months old before transferred to Nations cage. We need 2 more Nations cages at $259. to $350. and 1 portal for $117. Also a storm door for $300. Motion to buy all by Bonnie 1st and Susan 2nd. Motion carried.

Faith will determine meeting date for dog committee and overall duties. She will email to all involved to coordinate the best day/time.

The Rummage Sale will be May 13/14 in the Ponderosa Room.

Jeff read the shelter report. Adoptions 9: 6 cats, 3 dogs. Emergency shelter 2 dogs. Intakes 16: 13 cats, 3 dogs. Returned to us 1 dog. Fosters 36: 1 cat, 35 dogs. Cats in shelter 26 + 3 outside. Dogs in shelter 5. March spay/neuter 6: 3 cats, 3 dogs. Microchip 7: 5 cats, 2 dogs. Vouchers 2. Flathead Valley spay/neuter 10.

Becky reported on fundraising for March. Recycling $194.58, Troy Banks $42.15, Libby Banks $73.30, memorials $355., Botique Brielle 18.76, Jordan's Way $10,236., 2022 letter $2925., Cabinet Mtn Brewery $30.

Old Business: Jeff discussed stationary generator by Generac for $11,239.
including 350 gallon propane tank and hook up vs. movable generator for $6000. all inclusive. Motion to go forward and buy the Generac stationary generator by Bonnie 1st, Becky 2nd. Motion carried.

Ekna is working on grants.

Jeff reports we are waiting on the city before moving forward on the dog addition. We are also waiting on the roof start because of load restrictions on the road. Discussion ensued about helping people with their pet vet bills and/or transportation. A fund of $1500. annually to start this year. Not to be advertised or offered unless requested. Motion to accept fund amount by Bonnie 1st, Edwina 2nd. Motion carried.

New Business: Jeff discussed the removal of the chain link fencing on the interior kennels and replacing with cinderblock. Cost of brick is about $898. Jeff will inquire on labor and email to board.

Faith would like to get Microsoft Office for 5 computers at $5.00 month/$60 year for better record keeping. Motion to purchase by Deb 1st, Edwina 2nd. Motion carried.

Jeff talked about getting pea gravel for the outside dog kennels at $350 for 10 yards from Granite Concrete. He will inquire what other kennels use and also if the price includes delivery.

Linda/Mark suggested converting the kitchen to an office. Becky is concerned about securing the dog food and supplies. Bonnie suggested a pony wall and used cyclone from dog kennels for security. Becky/Linda/Faith will review. Motion to go forward by Becky 1st, Lynn 2nd. Motion carried.

Tina offers a Scentsy product for us to sell, with $3.00 for each 6 sold going to the shelter. To start May 1st. Motion to sell by Tina 1st, Becky 2nd. Motion carried.

Deb passed out and read her proposal about paying Jeff as an Independant Contractor for his duties at the shelter. General consensus is to discuss further at each meeting. All should bring concerns/ideas to meetings.

Becky reports we just agreed to spend $13,288 at this meeting.

Faith kept track of travel for the last 2 weeks. Faith/Jeff traveled 60-70 miles at 15 mpg. A weekly allowance of $20. for gas was discussed. Motion to pay allowance by Bonnie 1st, Lynn 2nd. Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn at 7:19pm by Bonnie 1st, Lynn 2nd. Motion carried.

Kootenai Pets for Life Monthly Meeting Minutes March 16,2022

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at First Montana Bank on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 5:30pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Jeff and Tessa Sharp, Bonnie Edmundson, Becky Monroe, Deb Frey, Edwina Smith, Bobbie McCanse, Eileen Carney, Marge Sullivan, Linda Andreasen, Susan Bulyar, Iva DeShazer and Anita Beasly.

Minutes were approved as read by Bonnie.

Becky talked about the Treasurer's report.  We had an income for the month of February of about $13,000 after expenses.  We are still waiting for our payments from the fundraiseron Facebook of about $8681.   We need to pay Jordan's Way approximately $3,500 out of our total. 

 Eugene Vaughn passed away.  His son Paul contacted us, we are to receive a $30,000. check.

Jeff read the shelter report.  Adoptions 7; 2 cats, 5 dogs.  Intakes 4;1 cat, 3 dogs.  Special circumstances 3 cats.  Fosters 36; 1 cat, 35 dogs.  Cats in shelter 19 + 3 outside cats.  Dogs in shelter 6.  February spay/neuter clinic 6; 4 cats, 2 dogs.  Microchip 2 dogs.  Vouchers 2.

Monthly meetings will resume on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Next meeting will be Wednesday April 13, 2022 at 5:30pm.

 Eileen reported on the fundraising.  Libby banks $94.81, Troy banks $41.85.  Memorials $50.00.  Lincoln County animal care s/n $105.00.  Boutique $22.87.  Facebook $200.00.  Jordan's Way $5068.76.  Amica Foundation Match $2625.  Letter 2022 $4215.  Thrivent $120.00  Cabinet Mtn Brewery $240.00.

Our annual rummage sale is possible.  Eileen will check with the Ponderosa Room availability in early May.

Old business; a backup generator and system is a good idea.  Jeff will get more info of complete cost.  Motion to move forward by Becky 1st and Bonnie 2nd.  Motion carried.  Revisit this in April.

Eileen has sent in a request for a $1,000 roof grant.  Ekna will also be helping to look for grants including general operation grants.

Edwina discussed how to hire help for some projects.  Protocol is contact board with info/cost and board will decide.

Jeff gave information on stripping/waxing the cat room floors.  Cost is about $280.  Mark's Carpet volunteered time to reinstall some tiles.  Paint was discussed.  With paint the cost may rise to about $500.  Motion to approve made by Becky 1st, Bonnie 2nd.  Motion carried.

Jeff gave the dog addition update.  The City building committee needs plans.  Maybe a survey to better define site lease.  Jeff will ask them for the city to pay.  The drafter for plans charges $18.00 hour.   The addition will have 6 rooms for intake, quarantine and whelping/mom/puppies area.  Motion to move forward by Becky 1st, Linda 2nd.  Marge and Edwina abstained.

Deb is concerned about our application process taking too long.  Discussion ensued with agreement 2 weeks is ok.  If taking applications please review paperwork with applicant to be sure it's complete!

Becky asked for a separate meeting to discuss specific shelter duties and possibly changing some around to best benefit each volunteer.   Motion to pass by Bonnie 1st and Deb 2nd.  Motion carried

Liz would like to do a fundraiser newsletter.  Also discussed was advertisement banners for businesses monthly/yearly to sponser animals/rooms.  Motion to pass by Becky 1st, Bonnie 2nd.  Motion passed.  Discussion on charges to come.

Jeff brought up the need for a weight scale.  Cost is approx. $200.  Motion to buy one by Linda 1st, Bonnie 2nd.  Motion carried.

Jeff discussed the need for a replacement credit card reader.  Cost is about $300.  Motion to buy one by Marge 1st, Edwina 2nd.  Motion carried.

New walls for the dog kennels will be brought up again in April.

Jeff reports we have gotten 3 bids for a new roof.  Shawn Construction is the most affordable.  Motion to hire Shawn to do the composition roof plus the extension for $33,277. made by Becky 1st and Bonnie 2nd.  Motion carried.

Bonnie discussed the requirements needed to record donations.  Name, address, amount, date and how paid are the most important.

Faith discussed the need for a gas allowance for travel to home visits, etc.  She will tally expenses for a week at a time to get an average and send to the board.  Motion to approve by Becky 1st and Bonnie 2nd.  Motion carried.

Linda questioned where are the KPFL signs?  Jeff to contact Frames Unlimited to get them done.

Motion to adjourn by Marge 1st and Linda 2nd.  Motion carried.  Adjourned at 7:43pm

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

Kootenai Pets for Life Monthly Meeting Minutes Febuary 7,2022

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the First Montana Bank at 5:35pm on February 7, 2022.
Attending were Faith Lee, Jeff and Tessa Sharp, Bonnie Edmundson, Becky Monroe, Iva DeShazer, Eileen Carney, Bobbi McCanse, Linda Andreason, Marge Sullivan, Edwina Smith and Beth Kumle.

The minutes were approved as read by Bonnie.

Becky gave highlights of the Treasure's report. For the month of January we had a loss of $2690.35. January was slow on donations as usual. Becky requested that if anyone is contacted by the radio station, please do not buy time.

Jeff gave the shelter report. Adoptions 5: 5 dogs. Shelter 2: 2 cats. Intakes 19: 19 dogs. Special circumstances 1: 1 cat. Fosters 27: 4 cats, 23 dogs. Cats in shelter 23 + 3 outside cats. Dogs in shelter 18. Spay/neuter 4: 3 cats, 1 dog. Microchips 4: 3 cats, 1 dog. Voucher 2: 2 cats. Flathead Valley spay/neuter 11.
 

Eileen reported we received $200.00 for a memorial donation, $42.00 from Troy banks and $500.00 for a grant from Fidelity Charitable. Jeff asks for people to make phone calls for the Jordan's Way fundraiser. Also wanting names of well known/important people to volunteer to be involved in the fundraiser.

Becky asks that we reword the "first come-first served" motto. She has found a better one and will pass it on to those that can update information. Jeff asks do we need to retain a lawyer for special circumstances. Edwina says no. Just ask for someone to represent/advise us when needed. Faith will talk to J. Forsythe. Becky discussed general public assistance. On people who will repay we should set up a minimum payment of $1.00 month. On people who are unable to repay, should we have a maximum amount? Should we have a maximum for the year? Should we set up a donation account for the public to help the special need pets of others? This will be re-discussed next month. Jeff and Faith requested that someone, Eileen was asked and agreed, find grants
for building construction and roof replacement. Also a general operation grant and/or a repair building grant. We need a dog quarantine area and an intake facility.

Faith requested we move the monthly meeting to another day. The 2nd Wednesday of the month was decided on. Motion by Bonnie 1st and Linda 2nd, motion carried. This will begin with the March 9th meeting.

Open topic. Linda requests that our online Home to Home program encourages all to spay and neuter.

Motion to adjourn made by Marge 1st and Bonnie 2nd. Meeting adjourned at 6:16 pm.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

Kootenai Pets for Life Monthly Meeting Minutes January 3,2022

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at 1st National Bank in Libby at 5:30 pm on January 3, 2022.
Attending were Faith Lee, Jeff and Tessa Sharp, Bonnie Edmundson, Linda Andreason, Marge Sullivan, Edwina Smith, Eileen Carney, Deb Fry and Bobbi McCanse.

The minutes for December were read by Bonnie and approved.

The Treasurer's report was printed and passed around. Faith read highlights. KPFL had a net income of $841.26 for December 2021. Edwina questioned where does money for vet lunch come from. Deb discussed buying bulk for money saving. Anyone going to Kalispell should ask if supplies are needed to help save money.
 

Jeff read the shelter report. Adoptions 7; 7 cats. Intakes 1; 1 dog. Fosters 28; 4 cats, 24 dogs. Cats in shelter 25 + 3 outside. Dogs in shelter 5. Spay/neuter 3; 2 cats, 1 dog. (Faith says this is an error and will look into it). Microchips 4; 3 cats, 1 dog. Vouchers for 5 dogs. Flathead Valley spay/neuter 11.

Eileen reported on fund raising. Recycling $165.00, Troy banks $23.00, Libby banks $147.55, Amazon $148.13, Boutique Brielle $33.00, Craft show $68.00, Christmas trees $90.00, and a $5000.00 grant from Sans Foundation for spay/neuter program.

Old business: Cabinet Mountain Brewery fundraiser on Thursday evenings. Marge made table display cards with pics. Faith will make volunteer info sheets also. Our insurance will not cover any roof repairs. Original roof done incorrectly. New business: Jeff had an independent water test done. Our water is 4x harder than normal. No filter needed. A softner would help. Culligan quoted $2673. for softner system. Jeff will get hot water heater flushed. He will also investigate other options. Bobbi discussed disaster planning. Fire disaster is first concern. Electricity outage second concern. A generator is an option. Jeff will look into it more. A fundraising opportunity has come up. It requires a $250. deposit. All members are to investigate and give opinions to move forward or not. Proceeds would be a 25/75 split.

Open topic: Linda would like to have a Libby spay/neuter clinic with Spay Montana using money from fundraising. It would require renting a facility. Linda discussed the Home to Home program. We need more push for the spay/neuter to happen. Edwina suggested volunteers working longer should not park in front of building to allow visitors better parking for personal saftey. All agreed. Bobbi voiced concern about volunteers working alone in case of emergency. This can't be enforced, but is strongly suggested. Also for those on medication, making a list for the shelter files to be kept confidential is a good idea. Deb discussed buying some live traps as ours have disappeared. A motion was made by Faith 1st, Bonnie 2nd and passed to buy 2 traps.

Yearly dues were collected.

Marge motioned to adjourn, Bonnie 2nd, meeting adjourned at 6:45pm.
 

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

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