As many of our readers know, the venerable old Lincoln County Animal Shelter has seen better days. The facility has been used and loved nearly to death, forcing the Lincoln County Commission to seek a newer and larger home in which to take care of animals that get adopted and those that take a little longer to get adopted.
Recently, shelter operations were moved next door where a new modular building and cages were constructed while the county scopes out some land on which to build a permanent Animal Shelter Complex.
During Wednesday’s County Commission meeting it was announced by county staff that it appears they have found a suitable spot on which a new Animal Shelter can be built – with more room and facilities to take better care of dogs and cats and whatever else might come along and be adoptable by adventurous families.
The proposed new site is on the grounds of the Newport Municipal Airport. County Counsel Wayne Belmont says the county approached the Newport Airport Committee to see if somewhere on the airport there might be a good spot for a new animal shelter. The Airport Committee said they could provide a good location for it – well off Highway 101 and away from airplanes taking off and landing. The airport committee said they would be glad to accompany county officials to appear before the Newport City Council to ask the council to allow the animal shelter to move onto the airport. The proposal is likely to appear before the Newport City Council January 21st and get the go ahead.
However, it will take a good bit of time to get everything in alignment with airport rules and regulations and authorization from various agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration that regulates America’s airports. So we’ll see what happens on January 21st before the Newport City Council.
But this seemingly good alternative location for the shelter was met with some criticism by Friends of Lincoln County Animals and animal lovers in general. They were concerned about aircraft noise, among other things. But county commissioners were told that the spot the county wants to build their new shelter is quite suitable and very quiet. Planes will not fly close to the location the Airport Committee has in mind according to County Manager Belmont.
County officials say they have the money necessary for a new Animal Shelter that will be a lot easier for shelter employees to manage. County Manager Belmont said once given the go ahead by the Newport City Council the county can get busy and remove the animals from their current temporary shelter and into a new Home Sweet Home for Bow-wows and Meows.
No time line to get all this done was mentioned but from the conversation it appears the county has the money to build the new shelter and that they want it up and running as soon as possible. Again, no future date mentioned.