Company presents schedule for building animal control facility

March 12, 2013

The Commissioners Court agenda for this week included a “preliminary schedule” from Magee Architects regarding the new animal control facility that commissioners are considering.

The meeting was held Tuesday as the HCN was going to press.

Although the court has discussed the need for a new, bigger facility and has been working with the Magee company on a design, no vote has yet taken place to get the project off the ground.

County Judge Darrell Cockerham said the facility, which would likely be built on county-owned property on Highway 51, would cost about $1.4 million.

He said that the money might be folded into the planned $10 million for the voter-approved recreation center.

Cockerham explained that, as long as the amount is kept under $10 million, county officials would be able to “just borrow the money from a bank.”

He said that the entire amount for the rec center won’t be needed right away, so the money for the animal control building could be folded in.

“We won’t need all of that $10 million the first year – maybe $7 million,” he said. “Then the next year we could borrow the rest. It would be divided up that way and then we wouldn’t have to go through the bond process. It’s a lot cheaper on the county.”

Cockerham said, however, that he has “no idea” as to whether the court will unanimously agree to build the facility.

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