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Group to relocate animal shelter

November 21, 2012
By Jason Raiche , Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Delta Animal Shelter has announced plans to relocate their facility after months of negotiations with county officials regarding a mold issue in their current facility.

Delta Animal Shelter Manager Sue Gartland said the shelter's board of directors voted on the issue Monday night. The shelter and the Delta County Board of Commissioners had been negotiating for approximately one year on fixing a mold issue located in the building's attic.

"We are going to move the animal shelter to a new location," confirmed Gartland, in an email Tuesday. "We are actively searching for either land to build on or a vacant building to remodel. We feel this building (is) too unhealthy for both the animals and ourselves, have tired of the negotiation process and feel we can do much better for our animals by having a building more suitable to the animals' needs."

The Delta Animal Shelter began operations independent from the previously county-run facility in August 2011, when members of the Delta Area Animal Society entered a lease agreement with the county to operate the building.

Gartland previously noted the shelter had been interested in purchasing the building so they could fix the mold issue themselves and expand the shelter to make it more adoption friendly.

The county has set aside funding for remediation to fix the mold issue, but have said they will not sell the property as long as the building is operating as an animal shelter benefitting the residents of Delta County.

Delta County Administrator Nora Viau said prior to a regular county board meeting Tuesday night the county had not been informed of the animal shelter's decision.

The county board met to discuss the issue in executive session, though no action was taken. Following executive session, Commissioner Ryan Holm made a motion to review two proposals from contractors Brunette and Bosk to fix the mold problem for action at the first December board meeting. Holm said the problem needs to be fixed.

In other business at Tuesday's meeting, the board:

- approved various appointments to several boards, commissions, and authorities serving Delta County.



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