Already in need of crucial funding, Wilson County Animal Control suffered a setback Tuesday when one of its two trucks was involved in a wreck.
According to Wilson County Animal Control director Mary Scruggs, animal control officer Nick Forbes was driving the truck when the wreck happened just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of S. Hartmann Drive and Leeville Pile.
“He said he was turning, and somebody ran into him,” Scruggs said.
Lebanon police said both drivers involved in the wreck claimed to have a green light and moved into the intersection where the collision happened. Officers noted substantial damage to both vehicles, but no injuries were reported. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
“I think there was some front-end damage,” Scruggs said.
Scruggs said the wreck leaves the department with only one truck for calls until repairs can be made.
“We will survive. Now, we will do whatever calls we can get to,” Scruggs said. “We take what we get and we work with it. We don’t cry about it.”
The wreck comes less than a week before the Wilson County Commission is expected to make a decision on additional funding for Wilson County Animal Control.
Up for grabs is about $35,000 that’s generated annually by a decades-old domestic animal tax that currently goes to New Leash on Life.
The $2 domestic animal tax was implemented in 1980 by county voters and is a major source of revenue for locally based organization New Leash on Life.
The 1980 referendum passed was for the organization’s use in “animal control,” but at the time the county didn’t operate an animal control department until 2003.
The proposed resolution will be considered in tandem with another resolution that would levy a $5 domestic animal fee due when pet owners get vaccinations for their animals.
Of that fee, 5 percent would go to the county clerk’s office for processing costs and the remainder would go to an operating fund for the county’s animal control department.
At its last meeting, the Wilson County Commission deferred vote on the resolutions so public forum could be held last Tuesday. The commission is expected to take up the matter again when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.