Councilman addresses concern about shelter progress - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/09

Councilman addresses concern about shelter progress

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New this morning, supporters want to know what's holding up progress on Lubbock's new animal shelter. "We need some answers. We need them now. If we don't get them, I can guarantee you none of you will be voted back into office," one citizen said during Wednesday's city council meeting.

Council approved a location for the new shelter back in August. It's inside south Loop 289, near East 66th Street and Guava Avenue.  There's not a lot going on out there, and that's what's sparking concern.

City Councilman Todd Klein tells us he understands the frustration, but he says there's been a lot of work behind the scenes. Recently the state approved the archeological survey, which Klein calls a big hurdle.

Right now, they're working on cost engineering and analysis. You'll remember the city lost a $3-million donation. They were able to regain half of that for the project, but now Klein says they have to make sure the shelter provides what folks expect.

"As a former president of the Humane Society, nobody probably wants it anymore than I do. We bridge gap by continuing to use the current facility, as decrepit as it is, and we work diligently to make sure that the facility that we open really meets the expectations of the public; given the fact that we've had some cost acquisition aspects recently, it's going to be tougher than I would like," Klein said.  

According to the timeline, design and engineering is scheduled to be done this month, with bids expected next month. Right now, the shelter is scheduled to be finished in March of 2011. We'll keep you updated on the progress.

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