PERRY -- The City Council approved a contract Tuesday to design and build a dog shelter.
The council approved a low bid of $544,022 from Parish Construction Group to do the work. The shelter will have 27 pens with outdoor runs, heating and air, an exam room and a quarantine room for sick animals.
The council had agreed in principle to move forward with building the facility after reviewing the bids at a previous meeting, but Tuesday's vote makes it official.
"We are excited that we are finally bringing this project to fruition and that we are making some improvements to a facility that has been lacking for quite some time," Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said.
The next step is for Parrish to complete the design, which is expected to take two to three months to complete. Then construction is expected to take about four months.
The city had hoped to build an animal control facility for dogs and cats, with administrative offices, but that was estimated to cost $900,000. The city changed course after the donation of a modular building by Houston Healthcare. The modular building will become administrative offices, and the current administrative building will house cats.
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