Animal shelter construction update

Capt. Scott Fletcher told the Denton City Council Tuesday night that, once the contract was awarded to Schmoldt Construction, construction of the new animal shelter, which will be named for Linda McNatt, would begin next month.

Early estimates put the cost of construction at a little more than $5 million, but Schmoldt’s bid came in at about $4.2 million. In addition, the company offered a discount if the city paid construction invoices within 30 days, which could save the city up to another $42,000.

Early estimates also had the new building opening in July, but Schmoldt told the city it could be finished and the building opened by April 15, 2014. Hmm, that is prime election-season time for a ribbon-cutting.

The Denton Animal Shelter Foundation will cut a check for $1,271,200 when the city signs the construction documents and allow the city to draw on another $218,830 in pledges still being paid to the foundation. Fletcher told the City Council that represents about 1/3 of the construction costs, and an indication of how much the community wanted a new shelter.



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