Fort Campbell outsourcing animal control

Sam Shore | U.S. Army

Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. Joseph P. Kuchan (left) and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett sign an intergovernmental support agreement June 6 at 101st Airborne Division Headquarters. In accordance with the agreement Montgomery County Animal Care and Control employees will take over the Fort Campbell stray animal facility, its operation and the care of the post's stray animals on July 5. This IGSA is expected to save federal taxpayers more than $550,000 over the five-year life of the agreement.

FORT CAMPBELL -- Montgomery County, Tennessee, recently entered into an intergovernmental support agreement with U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell to provide animal control for the installation. Colonel Joseph P. Kuchan, garrison commander, and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed the agreement June 6 at division headquarters.

This IGSA is expected to save federal taxpayers more than $550,000 over the five-year life of the agreement, said Pat Appelman, director of the Directorate of Public Works. "It also provides Montgomery County with an added revenue stream to expand their capabilities with stray animals throughout the county," Appelman said. This is the first such agreement at Fort Campbell, but there are many more to come, he said. "Since January we have been working with surrounding local governments on ways we could partner to reduce costs to benefit each other," Appelman said. "Right now we are in the process of working multiple agreements that have the potential of saving Fort Campbell more than $2 million a year." The IGSA statute grants all Department of Defense commands the ability to procure support services through partnership agreements with public entities to extend their already existing services on to military installations thus eliminating expensive base operations contracts. The agreements are considered one of the most cost-effective ways for Installation Management Command to acquire goods and services. IMCOM spends millions of dollars annually on contracts.

IGSAs can significantly reduce those expenditures and those savings can be used instead for force modernization to ensure continued readiness of the force. Kuchan lauded the opportunity for Fort Campbell to enter into the new partnership with Montgomery County, which will only strengthening already established bonds."This is a great day for Fort Campbell and Montgomery County," he said. "I really look forward to working with the mayor and all the folks in Montgomery County as we continue to pursue these agreements."Durrett said he looks forward to many more such partnership opportunities not only for Montgomery County but also the other communities that surround Fort Campbell -- Clarksville, Oak Grove, Hopkinsville and Christian County."I think there are ample opportunities," he said. "I am excited about it."The Montgomery County Commission had to first approve the county entering into the IGSA partnership, a measure that failed on its first attempt, Durrett said. "There were a lot of questions and I think we all learned through that process that we need to do a better job not only putting a package together butcommunicating," he said

The county commission unanimously approved the measure for Montgomery County to enter into the IGSA to provide animal control to the post on May 13. On July 5, Montgomery County Animal Care and Control employees will take over the Fort Campbell Stray Animal Impound Facility, its operation and the care of the post's stray animals, Appelman said. "I am ready to get this show on the road," Durrett said.

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