Council niggles over new animal shelter details

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By Jennifer Garcia

During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers to make a presentation and request approval of the Animal Shelter Project Schematic Design.

What might have been a vote on the motion turned instead into a long discussion about LEED certification requirements, color schemes and back and forth about whether to install a coyote fence.

One of the major issues of the night came when Laurent announced to councilors that she and her team were able to reduce the square footage of the shelter by over 400 square feet in order to make the building more efficient and pointed out that more enhancements may be added to the building. These enhancements include upgrading kennels from stainless steel to chain link for a longer life system and putting drainage in the outside dog runs.

She went on to explain that the shelter will have 10 kennels and that some of the rooms in the building, such as the break room, will have multi-uses in keeping with the efficiency trend.

“We’ve tried to multi-use every square inch of the building,” Laurent said. Councilors were concerned about the price of the enhancements and that the quality of the building may be jeopardized in an effort to cut square footage.

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