Oxford animal shelter on go

OXFORD – City officials received a total of seven proposals for the design and construction of a new facility for the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society on Thursday.
Despite the proposals being estimated at $100,000 to $400,000 over projections, officials hope to occupy the new building within a year.
“About $600,000 is what we were hoping for,” said Bart Robinson, director of public works for the city of Oxford. The lowest-priced proposal was about $698,000, and the highest was more than $1 million. Robinson said about $525,000 of the projected cost is cash on hand.
When Humane Society officials presented city aldermen a check for $201,000 from fundraising efforts Tuesday night and promised another $100,000 or so next month, Mayor Pat Patterson reflected a nearly universal relief that the long-awaited project was taking shape.
In asking for a vote to accept the donation, he said, “All in favor?” before adding, “Any idiot opposed?” Both the city of Oxford and Lafayette County have also contributed six-figure shares of the cost.
A committee of officials and community members will choose several of the designs and ask their creators to give more detailed presentations on their layout, cost and other considerations.
The facility is to be built on McElroy Drive, across from the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory. It will replace the current animal shelter on Highway 7 South that is widely acknowledged as inadequate in size, location and construction. Among other improvements, relocating to town will cut down on late-night dropoffs of animals from other counties, said Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society President Cyd Dunlap.
The request for proposals included a 210-workday construction window.
“We’d love to have it occupied by January 2011,” Robinson said.

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