Animal shelter conditions improving

Agreement reached for temporary prison labor

By Katrina Goforth - Special to the Altus Times

Immediately following the Altus Municipal Authority meeting Tuesday evening the Altus City Council held its regularly scheduled proceedings.

A presentation from the Altus Animal Welfare Association brought to light the ways animal shelter conditions have improved. Christi Detwiler spoke of the removal of the gas chamber, addition of volunteers and improved sanitation as signs of the community’s commitment to the animals of Altus. As the association moves ahead, the group is looking forward to possibly implementing humane measures to keep down the population of stray animals throughout the city and begin training more volunteers and staff members to keep the disease rate down at the facilities.

The council also put the proposal to amend Emergency Ordinance No. 2016 Section 18-25 of the Altus Code to comply with state law to a vote. This amendment would increase from $25 to $50 per day for the use of prisoner labor. This and the allowance to initiate a community service alternative to jail time for those sentenced by the Altus Municipal Court were approved. The proposal to make this motion effective upon passage and approval was also voted on and passed by the council.

The proposal to place a permanent stop sign at the intersection of Val Verde Street and Tiera Rica Circle per the recommendation of the chief of police and traffic engineer was also approved. This motion was passed after extensive consideration for the safety of the citizens of Altus with special regard to pedestrians.

The matter of flooding at Wilmes Ford on two separate occasions — April 17 and July 8 — that caused damage to company merchandise was also discussed extensively by the council. Though the only solution so far has been thorough short-term maintenance, the council and city officials are looking further into what can be done in the long term to provide a solution. No plan of action has yet been approved.

No new business was brought before the council.

For more information, contact City Clerk Debbie Davis at 580-481-2244 or email at

Agreement reached for temporary prison labor

By Katrina Goforth

Special to the Altus Times

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221.

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