County workers to build shelter project

By Alex Bridges

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter can move forward on a renovation project.

The Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday that county Facilities Manager Duane Williams and his crew recently stepped up to help construct renovations to the shelter at 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg. Williams leads the county’s Department of General Properties.

The project design calls for the addition of an office approximately 135 square feet for the shelter manager. The manger’s current office will be converted into a multi-purpose room used for pre-adoption consultation by shelter workers and as an area for potential adoptive owners to meet their animals.

Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass told the board that the lowest bid submitted for the project came in higher than the amount of money collected by the shelter.

The county is using only donated funds collected for the shelter to build the project. As of the end of August, the county had $25,233 in donations available for the project, according to information from the Vass.

The county invited firms interested in building the project to submit bids. The county saw a good response to the invitation, Vass said, and received bids in September from six contractors. Bids ranged from $31,700 submitted Dinks Construction to $63,246 from Harrisonburg Construction.

Shelter Manager Peggy Lahn presented her proposal to supervisors a few months ago. Lahn at the time said the shelter likely could hire a company to build the renovations with donated funds and not need to spend county money.

“I was shocked with the prices for a small addition with just two walls like Duane said,” Lahn said Tuesday.

The county plans to complete the project in the spring using both in-house and subcontracted labor, Vass said.

The topic of the project came up after Lahn gave her monthly report on the shelter’s activities. The shelter remained busy in September and adopted out 10 dogs and 21 cats. The shelter also spayed or neutered three dogs and nine cats. Donors gave $1,260 to the shelter to sponsor the shelter’s spaying and neutering efforts. Volunteers worked more than 94 hours at the shelter. Community service workers also completed more than 70 hours to fulfill their requirements.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com