Site and plans for the new pound discussed

The location of the new pound as well as many other details of the building that will house it were discussed on Wednesday by Adam Raines, project manager at DS2 Architects, and the Highland County Board of Commissioners.

Commission Chairman Jeff Duncan said the property they were looking at was the one the county owns just off North Shore Drive on the right towards Highland County Airport.

Raines said the front portion of the building will include an office, adoption area, machine room and examination room. He said the next part of the building will have 40 kennels all of which have dog doors leading to covered outdoor access rooms. He said these exterior pieces will also have translucent panels so that the dogs feel like they are outside, but will also be covered in the weather.

Raines said there will be indoor and outdoor trenches that will remove animal waste. He said the heating would be with a radiant floor system.

The rear part of the building originally had a puppy room and two offices. However, these two offices were decided to be moved to the front part of the building and replaced by the cat room which was originally at the front.

Currently, Raines said, the plan called for 12 different parking spaces and two disabled parking spaces. Commissioner Dave Daniels, in response to a question from Raines about parking, said he wouldn’t mind if there was overflow parking. He said he didn’t expect there to be 100 cars impounded at any given time, but “you never know”.

Raines asked what type of interior liner should be placed in the kennel. He said he knew they were discussing metal or FRP paneling. Daniels said the material that requires the least maintenance should be the best option, and Duncan said the metal could cause corrosion issues.

Daniels said the building could be kept cleaner than previous county facilities and hopefully dogs marking their territory would be cleaned up and not become corrosive.

Raines said there could be a concern with the FRP panels that a dog could sit up and scratch enough that he could pierce and tear parts of it.

Following comments on the date of the tender for the construction, Daniels said, “I don’t care who does it as long as we get heavy products and as long as they are competitively priced. I mean, again, we’re replacing a few kennels that are well over 50 to 60 years old. We hope we never have to do this again, so we want stuff in there that will last forever. “

In other news, Daniels said residents of Rocky Fork Lake should start to see a new billing system put in place for monthly sewer usage bills and that bills would be sent out monthly. Britton said since the sewer was installed everything was “essentially” on personal taxes, but it would not be a utility like the electric or gas company.

Commissioner Terry Britton announced the county’s new budget for 2022. He said the general fund for 2022 would be $ 12.4 million and non-general funds would total $ 46,786,707.

Duncan said the next meeting of the Council of Commissioners will be an organizational meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 10. He said the first regular meeting of the new year would take place on Wednesday, January 12.

Duncan also said the commissioners officially hired Ashleigh Willey as their new office clerk.

Contact Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

Adam Raines, Project Manager at DS2 Architects, discusses the details of the impound with Highland County Commissioners.

Here is a photo of the preliminary plan for the new impound to be built on North Shore Drive.

Will have 40 kennels, other new features

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