Council to discuss animal shelter

Published 3:24 am Sunday, June 30, 2013

The city of Austin is getting ready for a new animal shelter.

The Austin City Council will receive an update on the project during its work session Monday.

The council set aside money for a new shelter in 2011, but the project was delayed since then as the city worked to partner with the Mower County Humane Society to build separate shelters near each other, to allow for better communication and cut down on expenses transporting animals between the two facilities.

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Though the new humane society shelter is practically complete according to MCHS volunteers, the recent spate of summer storms has slowed the city’s street construction plans, including on 22nd Avenue Southwest, where the new humane society and city shelter will be.

The project is expected to cost the city about $220,000.

The council will also pass a resolution to join nearby communities in asking the state for $500,000 in state bonding funds for the next segment of the Blazing Star Trail, which will eventually stretch from Albert Lea to Austin.

Council members will hear from Vision 2020 organizers as well about the Gateway to Austin committee’s work.