Work planned on animal shelter with project over half funded

The space to be filled by the new animal shelter has been cleared off of trees and designated by a sign. The clearing comes on the verge of the fundraising phase of the project, and city officials hope that construction on the exterior of the shelter can begin early next spring.

The space to be filled by the new animal shelter has been cleared off of trees and designated by a sign. The clearing comes on the verge of the fundraising phase of the project, and city officials hope that construction on the exterior of the shelter can begin early next spring. Photo by Dean Asher.

Pledges, donations and successful fundraising campaigns have earned the City of Fulton close to 65 percent of their $250,000 goal to build a new animal shelter, and if all goes according to plan, preliminary work on the building could begin as early as next spring.

Fulton Public Information Officer Darin Wernig said that the actual and pledge dollar total the city has raised is $158,087.83, about 65 percent of the total goal.

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The updated floor plan for the new animal shelter.

Preliminary work to clear trees out of the lot on which the new shelter will be built, next to the city’s archery range off of Industrial Road, was done about two weeks ago. Mayor LeRoy Benton said that the 65 percent mark gave the city enough to work with to get started on building plans.

“Whenever we got to the point where we had enough and we were able to estimate we could get the shell up, we got pretty serious,” said Benton. “We thought it was a better idea to go ahead and get the shell up ... and chew a little bit at a time instead of look at a great big figure of $250,000.”

Wernig said the recent influx in funds was in large part due to the Mayor’s Cup golf tournament, the four-person scramble the city held in September. The fundraiser brought in about $5,153.

“It was kind of a last-minute thing the mayor decided to put on in the fall, and it turned out to be very successful,” said Wernig. “We were worried because it was so late, but it turned out pretty well.”

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