Pittsylvania County animal shelter bids to be revealed, discussed

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CHATHAM (WSLS 10) - Pittsylvania County supervisors are preparing to discuss if and how to pay for the county's proposed new animal shelter.

At Tuesday night's board of supervisors meeting, the four bids submitted for the work to build the shelter will be revealed.

"The board of supervisors will be reviewing those bids and determining if they want to build an animal shelter, and if so, what alternate or alternates they want to add to the base bid project," County Administrator Clarence Monday explained.

The county wants to build the new shelter at the old Piedmont Chevrolet dealership on U.S. Route 29.

The current shelter is overcrowded, which has led to a high euthanasia rate.

Monday said the bids are varied, but are what the county expected.

"The Dominion Seven staff who designed the facility for us did a phenomenal job, in not only designing a facility to meet our needs, but the cost estimate they provided to us was very much in line with the bids that we received back," he said.

He added that after county staff reveals the low bid to the supervisors, they will recommend the issue be sent to the county's animal welfare facility committee for review before making a final decision.

"I would anticipate that committee would meet in early August," Monday said, "and either report back to the board that same day or at the second August board meeting."

The county's 2017 fiscal year budget, which went into effect July 1, has money built into it for a new animal shelter.

"The operating budget has been inflated to include the addition of this new facility for a partial budget year knowing that it would take about 12 months to construct," Monday said.

As for the capital expenses for the project, "the board has said that they're interested in taking that from the county's surplus funds, and that money has not been appropriated at this time, but is available for expenditure," Monday continued.

Tuesday's meeting starts at 7 p.m. and no public comments will be taken regarding the bids.

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