County to hear animal shelter update

The Faulkner County Quorum Court will hear an update on the proposed Animal Shelter during its regular meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Courtroom A of the Faulkner County Courthouse.

 

The meeting is open to the public.

Last year, justices of the peace appointed a citizens advisory committee to help research the shelter. In September 2016, the quorum court appropriated $30,000 for the committee to use to help secure plans for the shelter.

Donna Clawson, committee chair, is on the agenda to give the full court a presentation of those findings.

The funds also helped pay for a sign that was erected next to the Faulkner County Justice Building in October, marking the future home of a Faulkner County Animal Shelter.

County Judge Jim Baker at the sign unveiling said building the shelter next to the justice building made sense.

“We’ve got 5 acres back there,” he said. “This is a logical place for a permanent home. I won’t say it’s the best place in the county but it’s sure in the top two. Hopefully, with placing it here, we will have support from other groups within the county to hold our operating costs down.”

In 2005, voters passed a 1.5-mill voluntary tax to support animal welfare and control. The tax has now garnered more than $1.2 million.

The quorum court wanted to secure more than $1 million from the tax before moving forward with construction to “give a good base,” Baker said.

Once the shelter is built, the county’s next obstacle will be to ensure it keeps funds to cover operating costs.

The advisory committee consists of Clawson, Vickie Crutchfield, Chris Quinn, Susan Shaddox and grant writer Catherine Swift.

 

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