Board tables discussion on animal shelter expansion

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 17:20 PM.

Havelock had earlier been approved for a $1.8 million loan/grant package from USDA Rural Development to build a new city hall. When initial plans for the building came in above budgeted costs, commissioners fired the architect and hired a new one. Architect Oakley and Collier is currently working on plans for the building.

While that project is moving forward, the brakes were put on a planned expansion of the animal shelter. Planned discussion of the project during Monday’s meeting was taken off the agenda prior to the start of the meeting.

The city had budgeted $42,600 for the project, but during a second round of bidding for the project, all came in well above the budgeted amount. Diane Miller, city spokeswoman, said staff with city public services is working on a potential contract with a bidder, but that the details of that contract were not yet ready to be presented to commissioners.

The city plans an expansion of the shelter that would allow for more dogs and cats to be kept at the building.

In other business Monday night, the board:

-- approved the city’s share of an Assistance to Firefighters grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to train city firefighters as certified driver/operators of the city’s ladder firetruck. The federal share of the grant is $78,615, while the city will put in $4,137.

-- approved a McCotter Canal Connection contract through the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources 2012 Recreation Trails Program. The project cost is $74,000, and the city’s match is $16,000. The project will include construction of a roughly two-mile trail from the city recreation complex on N.C. 101, along the McCotter Canal on the east end of the city to the vicinity of the Cinema 6 theaters. The plan calls for a small footbridge to be built across the canal, along with solar lighting, benches and trash cans along the path.



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