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“In God We Trust” on City Council agenda

Third party could take over city’s pet licensing
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The phrase “In God We Trust” could be a permanent fixture in the Auburn City Council Chambers, if it goes to a vote, Monday night. City Council members were also set to discuss whether or not to employ the services of PetData, a private sector animal licensing company. According to Auburn Chief of Police John Ruffcorn’s report to the city council, PetData would assume all animal-licensing responsibilities in Auburn. The project is part of a partnership with Placer County law enforcement agencies and the cities of Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln and Auburn. “What we are asking the city to approve is a partnership with PetData,” Ruffcorn said. “It provides people an alternative to coming down to the city and paying their dog licenses.” Ruffcorn said Placer County and the city of Roseville have already made the move toward partnering with PetData. Citizens would have the option of licensing their pets online or by phone. Ruffcorn said since Auburn is a small city and many personnel wear a few hats, no jobs would be in jeopardy as a result of a partnership with PetData. According to Ruffcorn, the employee who currently handles animal licensing is also an evidence collector. Items listed on the consent agenda include the appeal by the Office and Administrative Support Bargaining Unit employees to decertify the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 39 and be unrepresented. As well as authorization for Bernie Schroeder, the Director of Public Works to submit the 2011-2012 claims for the Local Transportation Fund, in the amount of $545,274 and the State Transit Assistance Fund, in the amount of $60,861. For more coverage and results of Monday night’s City Council meeting, see Wednesday’s edition of the Auburn Journal. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.