Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 8:44 AM
BELVIDERE — The new Boone County Animal Services building is on track to open later this summer.
"It would be nicer if it was sooner," Boone County Animal Services Operations Supervisor Roger Tresemer said, "but we're anticipating end of August."
The 3,200-square-foot building on Squaw Prairie Road will replace the current 1,250-square-foot facility on Appleton Road. It will include a consultation room, a receiving area for animals, an activity room and other amenities.
Rockford Structures of Machesney Park will oversee the project. Because of the milder winter, crews were able to move dirt and begin construction as early as February, Tresemer said. Footing was poured for the building around late March.
The project costs about $1 million. In November 2014, 63 percent of voters approved a referendum to raise $800,000 through property taxes to help pay for the building. The general fund will cover the difference, which will be repaid with the $5 add-on fee for dog tags that was implemented two years ago. That increase has generated about $70,000.
Boone County Board Chairman Bob Walberg said the construction timeline is in line with what the board hoped and expected.
County and Animal Services officials have regular meetings with the building crews at the site to review progress. Walberg has been to two so far.
"It's a real nice facility to offer the services we do," he said. "It's going to create a lot of good will and pride for our community. It's a statement of respecting animals and the people (who) care a lot about them."
Adam Poulisse: 815-987-1344; firstname.lastname@example.org; @adampoulisse
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