Salina felines given support at Town Board meeting

Discussion of the town's cat law was once again the focus of the Salina Town Board meeting Monday night March 22.

The hall was crowded with members of area animal rescue organizations, including CNY Cat Coalition, Wayward

Paws, the CNY Humane Association, Everyone's Cats, Spay and Neuter Syracuse, People for Animal Rights,and Kitty Corner.

Approximately 30 people came in support of Jennifer Bailey, a veterinary student at Western University who gave a presentation on the benefits of trapping, neutering and returning feral cats to where they were found.

Groups of untamed cats have been an issue in the area, causing damage to property and agitating residents with loud noise.

"Feral cats are a human created problem," said Bailey. "Humans need to solve it."

Bailey said studies found that this method saw an 82 percent decrease in the cat population, at a cost of $120 per cat.

To reduce the property damage, Bailey said that spaying and neutering the animals before releasing them would "go a long way."

Bailey also said that both property owners and cat owners need to play a role to solve the problem.

Later, two teenagers gave a presentation thanking the Town Board for its support of the CanTeen, the Cicero community group for local youth.

The organization recently found a permanent location that will open by Sept. 1.

"The CanTeen is like another family for me," said Jessica Hamilton, a Cicero teen.

Town resident Janette Barry came to the podium during the meeting and brought up issues she had with the cost of her power bills.

"Why don't we have power alternatives for people on fixed income?" she asked the Town Board. "Where do we, on government income, go for help?"

Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra told Barry to get in contact with his office later in the week to see if they could make some headway on figuring out her problem.

The next Town Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday April 12.

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