Liberty Animal Shelter plans being fine tuned

Liberty Councilman Greg Duncan and Bill Taylor, a member of the Liberty Animal Shelter task force, talk about the exterior of the coming animal shelter.

LIBERTY — Liberty City Council, the Animal Shelter Task Force and other supporters broke ground on the $2.6 million animal shelter near the Liberty Utilities Operations Center off of Riverview Road last month.

On Monday, May 13, Shawnna Funderburk, assistant to the city administrator and the animal control supervisor, shared with the council some of the finer details of the shelter.

The 7,297-square-foot facility will include a storm shelter.

“We are planning a building that should sustain the city’s needs for 50 years,” she said. “It’s a building that will be a safe facility for animals and our staff.”

In April 2018, the community passed a use tax with 70% voting in favor. The use tax is providing funds to build the animal shelter as well as parks developments in the city.

“A lot of thought has been put into the building,” Funderburk said, thanking the task force members including veterinarian Lori Rohlfing, Bill Taylor and council members Jeff Watt and Rae Moore. “We all came with the mindset of the best outcome for the animals.”

This project will be handled through the design-build process. The design-build concept allows for contractors, designers and the city to work together and speed up projects.

“We are meeting every two weeks with Centric Projects,” Funderburk said.

Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton said he appreciates all the efforts going into this project.

‘It should meet the needs of this city for decades to come,” he said. “I believe it’s what the community expects.”

Funderburk said the new shelter will be a showcase for the area. She said construction should begin later this month. The shelter’s predicted opening date is Aug. 1, 2020.

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