Lincoln County Commissioners held a strategy session Wednesday with personnel from the county animal shelter hoping to get a sense of direction on what to do about the seriously decaying facility just east of the fairgrounds in Newport.
The animal shelter building has had ongoing maintenance problems – leaks, electrical and plumbing problems – pretty much overwhelming any notion of fixing up the present facility despite hopes that the county could keep up with the repairs. But it hasn’t worked out.
What seems to have tripped the trigger on the old facility is that workers and visitors to the shelter complain about breathing problems. A mold inspection company came in and found large quantities of mold – both on the roof and outer walls. But mold really likes a cool, moist environment so getting rid of it is pushing the commissioners to do something more than mere maintenance.
Animal Shelter employees have been exploring sites around the area to build a new facility. And at this point it appears they’re going to build a new one as soon as they find a suitable site.
Commissioners say they knew the building was nearing the end of its useful life, so in the budget they included $300,000 for property acquisition and/or construction. They said the current shelter site is not off the table.
But it appears that they’ll have to set up a temporary animal shelter until they can establish a “forever” facility.