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Agreement reached in J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter dispute

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---It seems the animals at the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter have won the fight between,the city of Jeffersonville and Clark County.

"We had to make sure we got the politics out of it. I'm confident that we've reached an agreement. Over a little bit of haggling, calmer heads have prevailed," says Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

The county had until March 4th to make three years worth of payments to the city. The money was owed for the joint use and operation of the shelter.

Otherwise, they'd have to find a new place for county animals to go. The debt totaled a little more than $198,000.

On Friday, County Commissioner Rick Stephenson says they reached an agreement.

They will pay $150,000 and will waive more than $33,000 the city owed them.

"And we are going to forgive a debt from the city for rental space in the county courthouse for the evidence room," says County Commissioner Rick Stephenson.

 "The next commissioner meeting is in two weeks, and they basically just have to vote on it at that commissioner meeting, and I don't foresee any obstacles there," says Mayor Mike Moore.

Rick Stephenson says other county commissioners are on board.

He says the county will make two payments of $75,000 to the city, and say they'll keep an eye on spending to make sure the money is there.

"This will bring us totally up to date. We've taken the past out of the mixture now and now we can move on forward," says Rick Stephenson.

Stephenson is also hoping they can soon come up with an agreement to their long-expired contract with the city.

They hope to soon start working on a new deal for 2014.

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