Council poised to approve shelter contract

The City Council is expected to approve a contract Monday authorizing construction of the long-proposed animal shelter.

City staff recommended the council approve the $1,974,500 low bid submitted by JC Industries to build the new shelter at the city’s Hyde Park complex.

The shelter project, which has been discussed for years, originally was bid in January. But the lowest bid then, from GBH Builders, was for $2.4 million — too high a cost for what the city had budgeted. The project architect then revised plans and specifications for the shelter to lower the overall cost.

Construction will be funded by a $300,000 contribution from Cole County; $50,000 from the Heart of Missouri Humane Society; $181,000 in donations received by the city; $225,000 from the Friends of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter; and $1,292,287 from the city’s half-cent capital improvements sales tax — which voters are being asked on Aug. 2 to extend for another five years.

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