Council weighs shelter locationDecision time has come. After four years of discussion and debate about where and what size animal shelter to build, the Superior City Council will consider public input about one of the proposed sites.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Decision time has come.
After four years of discussion and debate about where and what size animal shelter to build, the Superior City Council will consider public input about one of the proposed sites.
Newly-elected Councilor Tom Fennessey — who represents the district where the new shelter could be located — asked for the meeting to give the public a chance to weigh in.
Fennessey said as a new councilor, he’s hoping to get up to speed on what is planned. While the financial aspects of the project have been talked about at length, less is known about the potential site.
Unlike his predecessor, Tom Bridge, he said he is willing to listen to a proposal to build the shelter near Bear Creek Park. However, he would like to hear from people in his district and citywide to determine if the location proposed is really a good place for it.
Mayor Bruce Hagen said the council needs to make a decision about the site for the shelter so plans can be completed and a capital campaign launched so construction can begin.
Hagen plans to refer the issue to the council’s committee of the whole meeting with the power to act.
Fennessey said he doesn’t want to see the council rush into a decision, but he would be willing to listen if that’s what people want.
Councilor Mick MacKenzie, who has been working on the issue five years said the Bear Creek site is the 11th considered.
“I think there’s about 13 acres of grass there, and it’s going to use about 2 acres with parking and so forth,” Hagen said.
Without selecting a site, the project is at a standstill.
“The reason for stepping this up is we need to make a decision,” Hagen said. “We can’t do anything without selecting a site.”
He said until the site is selected, the architect cannot complete the plan for the building.
Once that plan is complete, people will be able to get a better idea of what the city is planning to building, allowing the city and Animal Allies to move ahead with the capital campaign.
Since its inception, the goal has been to raise about $400,000 of the estimated $2.6 million in project costs from the community.
“The hope and the dream is to have this thing under construction at least by this fall,” Hagen said.