Board votes against more money for project

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 16:19 PM.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners isn’t ready to let a planned expansion to the animal shelter go to the dogs.

Commissioners rejected the idea of spending an extra $23,860 on the expansion during their meeting Monday night and have instead decided to advertise the project with more specific details in an effort to get a lower price.

The plans called for three additional dog storage spaces, a storage/euthanasia room, unisex bathroom and separate room for cats. Last year, commissioners approved $42,600 for the project designed to address overcrowding issues at the existing animal shelter.

The city put the project out for bids and only two came in, ranging from $66,460 to $103,000. Four other potential bidders passed on the project and did not submit bids.

Commissioner Danny Walsh said that if the $66,460 bid from Osprey Construction was reasonable, the city should accept it.

"If somebody puts out a bid and it’s within reason, and nobody wants to do it any cheaper, then that’s the cost of doing business in the government," Walsh said.

However, Commissioner George Liner said the project plans may have not been specific enough.



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