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Plans progress toward new animal shelter

Superior has a plan for a new animal shelter.

After two meetings, a special committee created to guide construction of the facility near Bear Creek Park, has approved a scaled back floor plan for the shelter.

The newly designed 6,000-square-foot facility is expected to cost about $1.7 million.

The panel last week approved beginning blueprint development so the project can go out to bid this summer.

The initial floor plan for the smaller facility incorporates changes to accommodate concerns of the Humane Society of Douglas County, which is expected to operate the shelter.

The humane society took over operation of the city’s existing shelter May 1, operating the facility on Hill Avenue as a stray hold facility, with adoptions and pet surrenders managed out of its facility in South Range — about two miles south of the proposed shelter site.

“I think everything is in there that you guys asked for,” said Superior Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman.

The newly designed facility includes quarantine, isolation and adoption rooms for cats and dogs, as well as a medical room, community classroom and an area where potential adopters can get acquainted with the animals they are considering adopting.

“I think the flow is nice,” said Councilor Tom Fennessey, a member of the panel. “I don’t know the operation, but it flows really nice.”

While there are still details to work out, such as the type of cabinets and kennels, still need to be worked out, the panel agreed the floor plan is ready to draft construction documents.

The panel plans to review the final design and put the project out to bid by July so construction can get underway this fall.

The goal is to open the new shelter in April 2015.