Supervisors to vote on new IC animal shelter June 14

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 08, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Johnson County Board of Supervisors agreed Thursday to vote on the construction of a new animal shelter during its next meeting, June 14.

Iowa City officials asked the supervisors for a decision by June 22, although the supervisors are not required to contract with anyone for another year.

The cities of Coralville and University Heights have indicated their intentions to support the construction of a new animal shelter in Iowa City.

The estimated cost of constructing the new shelter is $126,000, not including the operational costs.
Doug Beardsley, the director of the Johnson County Department of Public Health, said his agency is often forced to deal with the effects of problems that would normally be handled by animal control.

The department receives anywhere from 118 to 122 dog bites that need follow-up every year, he said.

Supervisor Sally Stutsman expressed concerns about raising taxes to fund the project, saying she is willing to consider an option presented by the Cedar Valley Humane Society instead.

Supervisors Janelle Rettig and Pat Harney have expressed support for the construction of the new shelter, while Supervisor Rod Sullivan and Stutsman are leaning toward an alternative. Supervisor Terrence Neuzil remains undecided.

— by Anna Egeland

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