An animal shelter for the city of Tyler could be in the works if city council gives its approval on Wednesday.
The money for the shelter's construction and design will come entirely from the city's Half-Cent sales tax fund, but city officials are in negotiations to determine costs, Public Relations Specialist Sabrina Butcher said Monday. The costs should be settled by Wednesday's meeting, she said.
Council communications show the city is considering a contract with the Fort Worth-based Freese and Nichols for the shelter design. "As part of the Lean Six Sygma Initiative, an analysis of current animal control operations was performed and it was determined that an animal shelter was needed," the council communication stated.
The city has contracted with other entities in the past to shelter unwanted animals, Ms. Butcher said. The city of Tyler has a holding facility, which is operated by the North East Texas Municipal Health District. Animals are taken to a shelter in Jacksonville daily.
City officials do not yet know where the shelter will be built. "We have narrowed it down to a couple of locations, but we are not sure what will work yet," Assistant City Manager Susan Guthrie said on Monday. Ms. Guthrie added that the city is in talks with other organizations to help with the shelter's cost and operations, but said that nothing is "firm yet."
The council meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave.