GRIFFITH | Officials are eager to build the town's new animal shelter, but say more financial donations are needed from residents and businesses.
"The current Griffith animal shelter is being replaced and, while Enbridge (Pipeline Co.) is providing a significant portion of the cost, there is a need for additional funds for equipment and supplies," Town Council President Glen Gaby, R-1, read from a prepared statement at last week's meeting.
Police Chief Greg Mance said the total construction cost will be about $120,000 and Clerk-Treasurer George Jerome said all the furnishings could approach another $40,000.
The existing shelter, at Reder Road and Colfax Avenue, consists of two buildings that were previously retro-fitted to house the stray animals.
"We're looking to do it within the next couple of months," Jerome said.
The plan is to raze the two buildings and build a new shelter in the same general area.
Currently, one of the buildings is for dogs and the other is for cats, Mance said. The capacity is for about 10 dogs and 20 cats.
Mance noted that the new facility will house the same number of animals, but it will be roomier and more efficient. All the animals also will be under the same roof.
"We're still looking for donations from Griffith citizens," Jerome said.
Gaby said that a permanent Animal Donation Fund was established by former Park Superintendent Leonard Bezat and his wife, Carole.
They kicked off the fund by depositing $5,000, Gaby said.