CHESTERTOWN — Kent County now has a Pet Disaster Relief Trailer, designed to provide a temporary shelter for pets whose owners are forced to evacuate their homes after a hurricane, flood or other disaster.
The trailer, sponsored by several organizations including the Maryland Kennel Club, was on display following the Kent County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. It includes cages, food, bedding and other supplies to keep pets safe, warm and well fed during an emergency displacement of their familes.
Ginger Gregg of the county Office of Emergency Services said the trailer can provide shelter for as many as 65 cats, dogs, rabbits or other small pets. She said the OES conducted a drill to test its readiness for a hurricane, and several pets were brought to the trailer, including a snake.
Wayne Darrell, director of emergency services, said all counties on the Upper Shore now have pet trailers. In the event of a hurricane or other emergency, the trailer will be located at Kent County High School in Worton near the community center, which is the designated shelter for residents who need to evacuate.
The trailer cannot accommodate larger animals, such as farm livestock, Gregg said. Residents who need to provide for those animals in an emergency should have their own plans in place, she said. She said the OES can work with farmers and others with large animals to prepare them for emergencies.
The total cost of the trailer was $22,000, jointly funded by the Maryland Kennel Club, the Annapolis Kennel Club, the Mispillion Kennel Club, the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, the Kent County Commissioners, Daniel Gueriero and Michelle Leone, Fred and Duffy Askins, the Cairn Terrier Club of America, AKC Reunite and residents of Kent County.
At the meeting, the commissioners awarded certificates of appreciation to Mary Lou Olszewski and to AKC Reunite for their support of the project. Fred Askins accepted on behalf of AKC Reunite.
In Other Business:
• Scott Boone, director of information technology, showed a brief film promoting the county’s broadband internet initiative. The film was screened at the county’s booth at the Maryland Association of Counties convention last week in Ocean City, he said.
Commissioner Ron Fithian said the county’s broadband project was the subject of widespread interest at the MACo meeting. “Kent County really showed well,” he said.
• Warden Herbert Dennis reported on the detention center. He said two movie nights, designed to allow inmates to interact with their children, were very successful.
• The commissioners signed a letter of support for a grant application by Rebuilding Together Kent County.
• The commissioners approved employment recommendations for two maintenance workers in the public works department.
• The commissioners approved a contract for regrading the athletic fields at Worton Park. Danny McHenry Backhoe & Paving of Kennedyville was the sole bidder. The contract price was $229,000, as budgeted.
• The commissioners approved the purchase of an International dump truck and a plow for a grader. Both items were previously budgeted.
• The commissioners approved a revised consent order for remediation at Nicholson Landfill. The revision concerns the location of sampling sites.
• The commissioners approved using an existing contract with the State Highway Administration to repaint the center line on a portion of Morgnec Road.
• The commissioners approved a rental allowance agreement for the Department of Social Services.