New animal shelter in Cove closer to reality | Local News

COPPERAS COVE – Copperas Cove Deputy Police Chief Brian Wyers walked away from the podium on Tuesday night with a smile on his face after giving Copperas Cove City Council an updated presentation of the new traffic control facility. proposed animals.

A topic of discussion in the city for the past several years, Wyers had constantly received feedback from council members in an attempt to reduce the cost of the proposed project.

On Tuesday, Wyers said he and the architects changed plans for the animal shelter and were able to reduce the cost by $ 1 million, bringing it to a new total estimated at around $ 3.8 million.

“The changes that were made were a reduction in hall space, there’s the removal of the community training room,” Wyers said. “Some of the spaces that have been divided have been combined so as to leave less of a footprint on the diagram itself.”

The current animal shelter, which is overseen by Cove PD, is located at 1601 N. First St. in Copperas Cove and can accommodate 46 dogs and 12 cats. The new facility would increase capacity to 66 dogs and 40 cats.

“The big goal I had for the architect was that we didn’t reduce the number of kennels,” said Wyers.

With the cuts, the new facility would be approximately 11,800 square feet.

“The current shelter is in very poor condition and we need a facility that will meet all state requirements,” Wyers said via email after the meeting. “The new facility will provide a safer environment for the dogs and cats we welcome and adopt to the public. “

When Wyers first presented the project to the board in 2017, it was estimated to cost $ 8.2 million, and then a few months ago he said it would cost around $ 4.8 million.

The location of the new shelter preferred by a majority of the council is next to Fire Station No.2, 2401 Farm-to-Market Road 1113.

City Councilor Fred Chavez was the only one who preferred the Ogletree Gap Preserve.

After hearing about the project in April, the city council instructed the city to apply for a bond certificate for the amount of the project. In May, just before receiving the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, council turned 180 degrees and asked the city to consider general bond bonds by election.

Now, after Tuesday’s meeting with the least cost, council is 6-1 in favor of redirecting the city to apply for bond certificates.

Councilor Jack Smith is the only one in favor of a bond election.

Smith has said in previous council meetings that he believes funding for a new animal shelter is something registered voters should decide.

City Councilor Jay Manning said he believed it was the council’s responsibility to do its homework and make the decision.

City manager Ryan Haverlah will present to council a financial analysis of both the bond certificate and general obligations and the impact each would have on the next year’s budget at a future city council meeting.