Allowing dogs at work will cost $200K
Councilwoman Amy Murray cuddles with an Uber puppy during a visit to City Hall.
It seemed like a very 2016 idea: Council members Chris Seelbach and Amy Murray suggested Cincinnati city workers be allowed to bring dogs to work.
Studies show pet-friendly work places improve work-life balance, reduce stress and improve employees' health, they argued in their motion.
Not so fast, said City Manager Harry Black. In a four-page memo, set to be released next month, he put a price tag on the initiative: more than $200,000. Plus there are other considerations: allergies, fear of dogs, spread of disease, aggressive animals, what the public might think, union issues, limited green space and even "employees' right to protection from dogs."
"In consultation with relevant city department, several potential health, safety and liability issues were raised," Black said.
When the motion was introduced, Councilman Kevin Flynn said what he doesn't want is a report back that allowing dogs inside city-owned buildings is impossible. But that's exactly what the memo suggests.
How it all adds up:
Rug cleaner, floor polisher and a special pet hair vacuum.
Waste management and special cleaning supplies to manage pet stains.
Cleaning and pet control.
Staff salaries for time spent working on pet-related issues.
And, Black wrote, that doesn't even include liability, a cost that's unknown.
If council does go ahead with such a program, Black suggested city employees pay a $75 registration fee to help offset the cost.