Animal Reclaim Center talks in Iowa Park temporarily paused

Animal Reclaim Center talks in Iowa Park temporarily paused

IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - The city of Iowa Park is putting a temporary pause on moving towards a new Animal Reclaim Center.
This comes after council members tabled a motion to act on a bid.
There were three proposals, but none were exactly what council was looking for.
Two proposals were just for sections of the facility, while one was for construction of the entire shelter at a cost just below $300,000.
The motion was tabled to work with the vendor on a revised proposal.
City council wants one contractor to do the entire project; however, they believe the price is still too high.
Jerry Flemming, Iowa Park City Manager, said they were hoping for more bids.
    "We were hoping to attract more bids from manufacturers of steel buildings because there are quite a few in the county," Flemming said. "We have tried to solicit bids from them, and for whatever reason, we did not have very many."
Flemming said there are areas to cut costs.
    "We can re-configure some office space in there," Flemming said. "We can eliminate some of the doors and windows. We left some stainless steel in the proposal, but we are probably going to take some of that stainless steel out and see what else we can do. We might talk with the county about septic systems and whether or not we need to have a separate septic system for the animal part versus the human part."
Flemming said the key is reducing the quantity of products in the proposal.
    "A lot of costs are based on actual quantities," Flemming said. "If you can reduce the quantities, you can reduce the overall costs."
Flemming said council wants to get something done and adds private donations have helped the cause.
    "We have had private citizens, companies and businesses allocate some money for an Animal Reclaim Center," Flemming said. "It is not nearly what it's going to cost to build it, but when the citizen puts some of their skin in the game, it does entice council to carry through with it and make it happen."
Flemming said additional donations would be appreciated because it would help close the current financial gap between the city and vendor.
He added that the city could start with a smaller facility and expand in the future.
They will also consider looking at cutting costs by making it a ten kennel shelter.
The new facility would be built right next to the current facility located just outside city limits on the south side of town.

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