The council of mayor and aldermen of Vicksburg announced Thursday that it has postponed publicity for bids to build a new animal shelter for at least two weeks.
That’s the time project architect Michael Bernard said he needs to have the construction documents for the project ready to go out for tenders. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said council learned of the architect’s situation during a noon shelter meeting with Community Development Director Jeff Richardson.
The meeting preceded a special meeting called for Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to announce the proposed tender. The board filed the shelter issue shortly after the convening. He could be reintroduced when the council holds its third meeting of the month on August 15, just over two weeks away.
If the council announces the project for bids on August 15, a bid could be awarded in September.
Richardson said after the meeting that he and animal shelter manager Kacie Lindsey reviewed the plans for the project on Thursday morning, adding that the review indicated some changes needed to be made to the plans and Bernard said some items needed to be made. be corrected.
Bernard, Richardson said, needed to get back with the project engineer and had also received a review of Entergy’s plans.
“They weren’t quite ready to go and he’s just combing through to make sure we don’t have a lot of change orders,” he said. “Make sure everyone is on the same page.”
In January, the council hired Bernard and Animal Shelters of America to design the shelter on property at 4845 U.S. Highway 61 South that was 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.
About John Surratt
John Surratt graduated from Louisiana State University with a General Studies degree. He worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been on staff at the Vicksburg Post since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul’s Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.