Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center is barking up a $1 million tree in hopes of shaking loose an expansion.
The county Health and Welfare Committee met Tuesday and unanimously approved a request for $30,000 out of the $1 million in grant monies allocated to Warren County government by Gov. Bill Lee. That measure will be sent to the county Budget and Finance Committee for consideration.
“Right now, Budget and Finance Committee members are considering items to spend part of the governor’s grant money on,” said chairman Commissioner Blaine Wilcher. “I think they’ve approved a few items and the total so far is slightly more than $300,000. Their focus is on safety first, then they will consider other requests. Two expansions have been proposed and I’d like to include one for Animal Control.”
Set aside in committee, but yet to be approved by the full Warren County Commission, is $325,000 for body cameras for deputies, courthouse elevator replacement, wi-fi at Warren County Administrative Offices and courthouse, a drive-thru tube at the Trustee’s Office, UV lights to sanitize Warren County EMS ambulances and five ventilators for EMS.
“We have been trying to get an expansion at Animal Control for the last couple years or more,” said Wilcher. “I’ve spoken to Stacey Harvey (owner of Superior Walls of East Tennessee) and he’s still willing to contribute toward an expansion.”
Offered by Harvey in 2019 was to contribute concrete slab, exterior walls using the Superior Walls system, roof trusses, roofing plywood and labor. He will also construct it to the county’s specifications when it comes to placement of the doors, windows and interior walls. Labor included.
County government will be tasked with providing a metal roof, plumbing and electrical.
“We’ve estimated that completion of the expansion could be $30,000,” said Wilcher. “I’d like to make that request to Budget and Finance.”
Present at the meeting with Wilcher were Commissioners David Dunlap and Joseph Stotts. The trio unanimously voted make that request.