LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The controversy continues over the proposed animal shelter. Three members of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee have recently resigned. According to their resignation letters all three say the jobs they were asked to do were ignored by the city council.
The committee of nine has lost three volunteers since September. The former committee volunteers all say communication between the council and the committee was a problem. The city received the first resignation letter on September 8, 2009 from former Chairman of Animal Shelter Advisory Board Larry Phillippe. After three and a half years of service he questions the need for the board and says over time their jobs became much less important.
The second letter was dated November 4, 2009. Disgusted with the way the committee has been treated, Annette Chavez says she would encourage others who want to volunteer to steer away from citizens advisory committees.
"I'm sorry that's enough, I'm not going to do anymore for council that doesn't listen," says Wayne Jumper who submitted his resignation letter last week after serving for a year and a half. Passionate about the cause he jumped at the opportunity to serve the city on the committee and says it has just gone downhill. Jumper says the committee's recommendations about the new animal shelter were repeatedly ignored.
"We had had enough. We'd dedicated time for the shelter to help but the mayor and council blew us off and didn't communicate with us," says Jumper.
The volunteers who resigned say they will continue to support the shelter, just not as committee members. Mayor Tom Martin did not want to comment about the resignation letters. The council will look at filling the vacancies on the committee next week during council.
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|Animal Shelter Advisory Committee documents
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|Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Resignation
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