Iowa Park Animal Reclaim Center update

Iowa Park Animal Reclaim Center update

IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - For 18 months the city of Iowa Park has been working to reach an agreement with a vendor on a new Animal Reclaim Center.
In July council members tabled a motion considering a revised Animal Shelter for just under $300,000.
However the price was still too high.
At a meeting this week, council members showed support of yet another revised shelter at a cost of $165,000.
Jerry Flemming, Iowa Park City Manager, said the design has been simplified even more, but would not necessarily be permanent.
    "We've also looked at making the facility very suitable for future expansion," Flemming said.
The new reclaim center would have only 10 kennels, down from the 16 originally proposed.
They have also simplified the electrical and plumbing systems.
Despite how long it is taking, the community is still behind the project.
    "There's been several community events over the year where money has been raised for this," Flemming said. "It's not a large sum of money but there's been a large amount of participation."
The next step is for the city to get bonded with the vendor and get it approved by the 4B tax board. 
Then city council can officially approve the plan.
Flemming said this is an important issue for a community like Iowa Park.
    "It's a big issue," Flemming said. "We get more animal calls than we do people calls in this city. On one hand, that is a good thing because we would rather not have violent crimes around here. But on the other hand, we have to take it seriously."
Flemming also said much of the community is against euthanization and despite it not being common, the number could go down even more with a larger facility because they would be able to hold animals longer.

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