However, they must await approval of the Douglas County Animal Control Department’s 2014 budget, which was scheduled to be presented to the Douglas County Commission last Monday by county administrator Eric Linton.
The Animal Control Department’s budget will be among the budget requests from all other county departments presented to the commission.
At the advisory board’s meeting last Wednesday, a recommendation was approved that directed board chairwoman Pat Fulghum to compose a letter to Linton to accompany the animal control budget request.
“The letter would state that the Animal Control Advisory Board was unified in its selection of the property at the site of the old jail on Club Drive as the preferred site of the new shelter,” said Douglas County animal control director Bill Peacock. “The board had a strong dislike for placing the shelter back at the [current] landfill site.”
Peacock said the Douglas County Animal Control budget would include the cost of construction of a new shelter, which would be between $2.75 million and $3 million.
“This would represent the entire cost for all work needed for construction,” he said.
Peacock said he believes the commissioners would be receptive to the idea of having the shelter at the old jail site near downtown Douglasville due to it being more centrally located in Douglas County.
Fulghum said the advisory board’s recommendation of the old jail property represented board members “coming together in a unified voice.”
“Our commissioners have been very good in providing more money for the animal shelter and its operation, especially in approving the funding for four additional, badly-needed positions at the shelter,” she said.
“I believe that with the commission receiving our letter regarding the new shelter site and seeing we are unified in the site selection that they will support it,” Fulghum said.
In a community town hall meeting last week, Douglas County Commissioner Mike Mulcare said one of the main issues his constituents wanted him to address was the site of the animal shelter.