The following are the minutes for the CACC board of directors for the year 2000.
Note the absence of Republican Giuliani-appointee Dr. Danield Ricciardi from any of the meetings. When SRAC raised the issue of his no-shows triggering a dismissal according to CACC by-laws, Chair Yolanda Jiminez resolved to waive such requirement in her authority as Chair (she was never relected as chair at the purported "annual meeting" as the bylaws require -- but then SRAC disputes that there ever was a bona fide annual meeting in the year 2000).


MINUTES

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING - 3/7/00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Police Plaza - Second Floor, Press Room
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present

Yolanda Jimenez, Chair
Lia Albo, Director
Neal Cohen, MD, Director
Kevin Farrell, Director
Arlene Pedone, Director
Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 2:05 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved by a 5-0 vote.

Executive Director Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm noted that there is a new Shelter Manager at the Staten Island shelter. This position is now held by Ernest Chambers who worked at the Manhattan Shelter.

The search for a vet and other personnel for the new spay/neuter vans are in progress. Ms. Albo asked which segment of the community would be targeted. It was stated that the low-income areas in all five boroughs would benefit from this operation.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that off-site adoptions are being done at Petsmart and Wellcare in Staten Island. Off-site adoptions will begin at Petco at 86'h Street & Lexington Avenue as soon as there is adequate staff.

The bidding process for the Manhattan shelter construction will be in June 2000. However, having a Construction Manager will most likely speed up the completion date. It was noted that there was a selection of 2 phases instead of 3 phases, which would also speed up the process.

There is in-house orientation for personnel in the areas of Chameleon, Human Resources issues, breed identification and customer service. A training program will follow depending on the position hired for.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that CACC staff recently attended two training sessions sponsored by Sue Sternberg.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm discussed her participation at the American Humane Association National conference held in October 1999 in Minneapolis. She will also be doing a presentation at the Annual Conference of the New England Federation of Humane Societies in Connecticut in April 2000.

The Internship program with LaGuardia Veterinary Tech College was finalized and there will be three interns working at CACC during the summer. Additional training for customer service is still being addressed.

Ms. Pedone asked if there is an ongoing list of animals up for adoption. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that there is a computerized record on every animal available for adoption. She further stated that someone was recently hired to set up a CACC web site and will be responsible for making sure every adoptable animal is listed on the web site.

Ms. Pedone asked about the type of evaluation done for trainees.

Ms. Albo inquired what steps are taken to ensure that people know about the training issues for adopters. It was noted that there are three behaviorists on staff and staff have been encouraged to pursue behaviorist training. Ms. Albo noted that training would be very costly and asked what other avenues of training are available. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that arrangements are being made by the Staten Island Borough President to set up training with CACC and the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. This program will focus on obedience training.

Budget

Mr. Herbert Waldhauser, Controller stated that there is a deficit of $80,546 for the year 2000. He also noted that the position of Director of External Affairs is still vacant.

In comparison to the previous year Mr. Waldhauser noted that the deficit for 2000 is deeper. It was noted efforts would be made for a new needs budget. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated the Board's approval is required for this budget. This budget was approved by a vote of 5-0.

The budget for the utilities and rental of the parking lot in Brooklyn was approved by a 5-0 vote. Ratification of use of auditors Lutz & Carr was approved by a 5-0 vote. It was noted that the auditor's fee has reduced over the years. The ratification of bank signature policy was approved by a 5-0 vote.

There being no other business before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:45 p.m.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 4-0 vote

on 6/27 2000


MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 6/27/00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Police Plaza - Second Floor, Press Room
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present

Yolanda Jimenez, Chairperson
Neal Cohen, MD, Director
Kevin Farrell, Director
Lia Albo, Director
Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved by a 4-0 vote.

Progress Report

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm reported that new management teams were now in place at the shelters. This would allow for better appropriate care and quicker action in placement of animals. The first all staff meeting of the Brooklyn shelter was held on June 1 gth Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that this meeting was a success and there will be ongoing meetings. There will also be mandatory meetings of all shelter staff at the other shelters.

Statistics

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm discussed her presentation at the New England Federation Conference of Humane Societies in Connecticut in April. Theresa Geary, Director of Shelter Operations was also a presenter. She noted that efforts are being made to reduce the incidents of URI at the shelters.

The American Humane Association joined the CACC to promote the adoption of cats and kittens in recognition of Adopt a Cat Month. Gary Burgdoff of "Pets are Family" attended a special event at the Brooklyn shelter on June 8'h.

The television show "Nature", will be preparing a show on pet adoption over the next several weeks. A show on rescue drivers will also be produced by 'Animal Planet'.

Training

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that the training for new hires has been extended to 4 weeks, 2 weeks classroom training and 2 weeks at the shelter. Three students from the LaGuardia Community College will start their internship at CACC.

It was noted that several approaches are being looked into toward improving customer service at the shelters. Plans are also underway to put together a shelter emergency response team.

The demolition of the abandoned building adjacent to the Brooklyn shelter is underway and the design for the new building is in progress. Renovation of the Manhattan shelter will commence as soon as an agreement is reached for a final dollar amount.

Negotiations are currently underway for additional space for the administrative offices at Park Place.

Commissioner Jimenez asked about the Queens site. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that this matter is in the hands of the Queens Borough President's Office.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm introduced the new Director of External Affairs, Doris Meyer and the new Controller Michael Galub. She also mentioned that Peter D'Angelo joined the CACC as Assistant to the Director of Human Resources.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm referred to the new Spay/Neuter Law requiring an animal shelter in each borough and mandating the sterilization of dogs and cats adopted from animal shelters or purchased from pet shops. She added that the CACC was instrumental in formulating this law. In order to comply with this law an RFP was issued for spay/neuter services. Responses to this proposal are due by mid July. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that two additional Vet. Techs will be hired and there will be 4 full-time Veterinarians on board. The budgeted amount for the spay/neuter law for this fiscal year is $700,000 and $1.4 million for the next fiscal year. The first spay/neuter van has arrived and the second van is expected toward the end of July or mid August. This van made its first appearance at an adoption event held at the boutique Galleria La Rue.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that the CACC is working with Legislators to help control the pet over population problem.

Commissioner Jimenez asked about the advertisement of the spay/neuter vans. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that she will make contact with City Council Members to schedule spay/neuter operations in different districts.

There being no other business before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 11.45 a.m.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 5-0 vote on 11/19/00 2000


MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 11/09/00- 1:00 p.m.
Location; 1 Police Plaza - Second Floor, Press Room
New York, New York

Board Members and Offices present:

Yolanda Jimenez, Chairperson
Lia Albo, Director
Neal Cohen, MD, Director
Kevin Farrell, Director
Arlene Pedone, Director
Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 1:22 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved by a 4-0 vote.

Progress Report

Executive Director Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm referred to the animals that are returned to owners annually and noted the need for a better ID system and enforcement of the license program. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm reported that effective January 1, 2001 the Staten Island shelter will begin operating as a full service shelter. Additional staff including a full time veterinarian are to be hired. Some renovation will also be done. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that all new employees attend a two-week training at the administrative offices and four weeks supervised training at the shelter. There is also in-house and outside training available for all employees. She added that this wide range of training contributes to better-trained staff.

A request was made for a construction manager to manage the construction at the Manhattan shelter and to bid all contracts. Ms. Albo asked whether there would be an increase in the budget as a result of the renovation. She expressed concerns that the amount allotted was too much to invest in the Manhattan shelter renovation. Ms. Albo stated her preference of a new facility at a new location. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services conducted a site search but the sites found were already assigned for other city uses. Commissioner Farrell affirmed the difficulty in finding a location and suggested that if the current location is adequate construction would be appropriate. Ms. Pedone questioned the increase in the construction budget. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm explained the reason for the increase and noted that with a construction manager renovation would probably commence in May of 2001. The estimated time for this project is 1-1/2 years. Ms. Pedone requested a report addressing the issues raised by Ms. Albo. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm noted that three sites were submitted for the Queens facility but no decision has been made yet. She added that the facility would have to be in a manufacturing zone.

Ms. Haggerty-Blohm reported that the new spay/neuter law went into effect on November 8th and CACC has made arrangements for spay/neuter services for its facilities. However, the contract for the Manhattan shelter has to be reviewed and animals are being sent to Brooklyn and Queens for services. Cornell University and other vet colleges have been contacted with regard to recruiting more veterinarians. Ms. Albo inquired as to when the spay/neuter vans will be providing services to the community. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm stated that the service would be extended to the community with the addition of more veterinarians.

The budgeted amount of $2.2 million allows for compliance with the spay/neuter law and makes provision for vans, employees ana' ihe Brookiyn clinic. There is a new design for the Brooklyn clinic.

Ms. Pedone requested a copy of the budget and asked that a quarterly budget report be presented at each meeting. Ms. Albo expressed her concern about the placement of animals. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm discussed the PET program and noted that the first set of applications were sent out and another set will be sent out shortly. She also stated that with this program there would be random follow-up calls to confirm that animals are placed in appropriate homes through rescue groups.

On a 5-0 vote the Board went into executive session at approximately 2:00 p.m. to discuss the Executive Director's employment contract. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm distributed a copy of her previous contract and remained for questions. Ms. Haggerty-Blohm then left the room. There was a discussion regarding the resolution to authorize negotiating a new contract.

The Board voted 5-0 to come out of executive session.

Resolution for CACC's outside attorney to negotiate a new contract for the Executive Director subject to approval of the Board was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Resolution for an evaluation form was approved by a 5-0 vote.

There being no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:20 pm.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 4-0 vote  On Dec. 5th 2000