City of Vicksburg: Animal shelter plans may soon be available – The Vicksburg Post
Vicksburg’s council of mayor and aldermen could get a first look at plans for the city’s new animal shelter by the end of July, said director of community development Jeff Richardson.
“It’s getting closer; we should be finishing things up and getting the construction documents very soon,” said Richardson, who along with animal shelter director Kacie Lindsey worked with project architect Michael Bernard of Arlington, Texas, Animal Shelters of America to develop a new shelter on property at 4845 US Highway 61 South.
Richardson said he and Lindsey met with Bernard earlier in the summer to discuss the project.
In January, the council hired Bernard and Animal Shelters of America to design the shelter on property donated to the city by the Ernest Thomas family to build the animal shelter. The property has an existing building which will be used for shelter. The cost of the project is estimated at $1.4 million.
According to a preliminary floor plan for the shelter accompanying the agreement, the building will include animal reception and grooming areas, separate medical isolation areas for cats and dogs, an area for puppies and small dog breeds, a total of 15 dog pens and a customer service area and lobby.
“It feels good to know that we’re finally going to have a new haven,” Lindsey said.
City authorities have been considering a new animal shelter for several years. The current shelter is over 50 years old and sits on a parcel of land on Old Mill Road adjacent to the Vicksburg Fire Department Training Center in the community of Kings.
The shelter has had issues with overcrowding in the past, but Lindsey said there has been relief at the shelter through rescues and pet adoptions.
The current shelter is in a flood prone area and likely to be surrounded by flash flooding. It was threatened by the 2019 flood, and animals had to be evacuated during the 2011 flood. City officials considered several potential sites, including city property in a section of Cedar Cedar Hill off Sky Farm Avenue.
On February 21, 2020, Flaggs, other city officials and city resident Marilyn Terry, who recommended a shelter building, toured the former United States Rubber Salvage Plant off the coast of the ‘US 61 South, which is city owned and located in a flood. area, and a site in the 2100 block of Oak Street, south of Depot Street.
Issues with the Oak Street property forced city officials to remove the site from further consideration. In August of this year, council considered a 14.3-acre parcel at 4211 Rifle Range Road owned by Cappaert Holdings LLP, but the city could not afford the $1.5 million to buy the land and build the shelter.
The Thomas family offered to donate the property and metal building on US 61 South in September 2021.