Animal control begins looking at new building options

Members of the St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board are starting to form a public-awareness campaign in hopes of eventually supporting a new animal-control building.

Their first step was taken a few weeks ago, when they conducted a walk-through of the Centreville-based facility. The participants included all five members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners as well as county administrator Teresa Doehring.

Krissy Eaton, head of the advisory board, said she is grateful the board of commissioners accepted animal control’s invitation to tour the facility. She said shortcomings of the current facility were noted.

More than 50 years old, the animal-control building and a potential replacement have been a subject of on-and-off discussion by commissioners over the past four years. The cost for a new, modern facility could come with a price tag of around $1 million. The obvious question, she said, is identifying a source of funding.

Potential options include a capital campaign, a millage request, possible grants, an appeal to the county commission, or a combination of any of those possibilities. She stressed that the process is in its infancy and the advisory board plans to take a slow, methodical approach.

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