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Animal control facility expanion move forward

May 17, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission has hired a local architect to begin the design phases for the Animal Control facility expansion.

Architect Robert Eckles will provide architectural and engineering plans for the construction of additional enclosed runs, and will include architectural drawings, electrical and plumbing drawings.

Also, Eckles will monitor and administer the bidding process, analyze the bids after they're received and make recommendations to the commission.

The commission will spend about $3,700 for the services.

"There is an urgency for us to expand the Animal Control facility. There are more dogs, unfortunately more vicious dogs, than space," Commission president Howard Strauss said.

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The facility currently has six runs. The expansion may provide an additional 30 runs with the existing runs to be used for quarantine purposes, County Administrator Deborah Hammond said.

The facility is "running at full capacity and sometimes over capacity," Strauss said.

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