The Manhattan City Commission approved setting the $25 adoption fee as a minimum at the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter earlier this month.

The shelter previously set $25 as a flat rate for the adoption fee. This change allows for fee increases if needed, according to city officials. Officials also said the fee change assists with offsetting shelter operational costs.

Setting this minimum fee may eventually help in getting more older animals adopted, officials said, as adoption fees used to be the same for both younger and mature animals.

In addition, the commission voted to change the holding period of an animal from five days to three days before an animal can be spayed or neutered, which matches state law.

Officials anticipate this change will help animals get adopted more quickly.

According to the city, an animal stays at the shelter for 22 days on average. Officials estimate the cost is $20 per day per animal.

People can adopt an animal at the shelter from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is closed on Sundays and holidays. People can see animals up for adoption on the city’s website or at the shelter, 605 Levee Dr.

Airplane enplanements

Enplanements at the Manhattan Regional Airport increased by 10% from November 2018 to November 2019. The airport reported Tuesday that 7,151 people boarded a plane at the airport in November.

In November 2018, the airport saw 6,498 enplanements, according to additional statistics provided by Jesse Romo, airport director.

Over the course of 2018, there were 70,459 enplanements. So far in 2019, there has been 70,255 enplanements.

Road construction

City officials announced earlier this week that the westbound lane of College Heights from College Avenue through Midland closed due to a water line repair. The closure is temporary, but officials did not indicate how long it will last.

Red Cedar Holiday Harvest

More than 325 people participated in the Red Cedar Holiday Harvest event last weekend, according to the city. People harvested about 150 red cedar trees during the event, officials said. Tree removal helps restore Roger Schultz Community Park back to its native state, according to the city.

Hotel occupancy rate

The hotel occupancy rates for Manhattan hotels dipped slightly through September in 2019 when comparing it to the same time period last year.

Occupancy through September was 64.1%, or 0.3 percentage points lower than 64.4% in 2018, according to Smith Travel Research.

September is the latest month with available data.

The average daily rate was $98.64, $1.22 lower than in 2018.

Revenue per available room was also lower at $63.26, down $1.02 or 1.6%.

Overall revenue was $21.3 million, which was a decrease of $343,049, or 1.6%, from $21.7 million in 2018.

Appointment

The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointment during a legislative session earlier this month:

Emily Koenig, 103 S. 4th St. Suite 205B, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Heather Peterson in the Downtown Business Improvement District advisory board. It also includes a two-year term. Koenig’s term starts now and ends Dec. 31, 2021.