After about two months of construction work and delays, the Havelock Animal Shelter is open again.
The shelter opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday after a $67,590 renovation and expansion project was completed.
That project started in July but was subject to multiple weather delays as rain often prevented concrete from being poured and kept other work from being completed.
During the two-month closure, stray or lost animals in Havelock had to be transported to the Craven County shelter in New Bern, creating longer trips for animal control officers. However, city officials point out the closure did not cause any major problems.
The expansion to the animal shelter included construction of three new dog-pen areas, a stand-alone cat room, a euthanasia room, expanded wash area and a restroom facility.
The city had initially budgeted $42,000 for the project, but the first construction bids came in about $20,000 higher. The city rebid the project, and Bornman Construction from Newport won the bid and did the construction work for the expansion.