ASHLAND — Ashland County Commissioners continue to inch along with progress toward building a new dog shelter, but have yet to receive any donations toward the project.
A group of dog lovers and the community raised $600,000 for the project. Commissioner president Denny Bittle said Thursday the county has yet to receive that money because some of the donors want to wait until construction on the new facility begins.
Commissioners inched toward construction during their meeting Thursday.
The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution not initially on the agenda that would allow the county to enter into contract with Mason-based VSWC Architects, the same firm used for the designing of new Ashland City Schools buildings.
“They’re work is very good,” said Denny Bittle, president of the commissioners.
The firm will put together an architectural criteria design build for the planned dog shelter on Baney Road, which is expected to cost anywhere from $750,000 to $1 million to complete.
The county did not, by law, need to go out for bids on VSWC’s work because the work will be done for under $50,000, Bittle said.
The reason for the lower price is due to the fact that most of the design work has already been done — a general design, property acquisition and property layout.
Bittle said the firm will put all that information together so that the project can be approved by state agencies, work that needs to be done before hiring a general contractor. Bittle hopes to secure one of three contractors in the next two months in order to get construction started by spring.
Ashland City Council rezoned land recently on Baney Road, paving the way for the project.
The existing dog shelter, located on the east side of the county fairgrounds, is in disrepair, officials have said. The plan there involves demolition and creating additional parking for the fairgrounds.
The new building will include a dog shelter and potentially a grooming salon and veterinary clinic. Officials have said the new building will have around 8,000 square feet of space.