Parsons to consider animal shelter plans

The city of Parsons hopes to have preliminary drawings and a cost estimate soon for a proposed animal shelter.
The Parsons City Commission will consider an agreement with an engineering firm concerning the shelter on Tuesday. The commissioners are meeting on Tuesday instead of Monday because some of them and city staff are attending the League of Kansas Municipalities conference that runs through Monday.
The city hasn’t had an animal shelter for many years. Allen Veterinary Center, 1420 N. 16th, used to board dogs for the city. The vet clinic canceled the contract in October, and the city since has not been capturing loose dogs unless they are aggressive or vicious.
In July the commissioners gave staff permission to get an estimate on the cost of constructing a shelter on city-owned land in Flynn Industrial Park.
For $3,000 BG would create a preliminary engineering report that could be used to apply for funding from the Department of Agriculture. The report would provide field research, flood plain design layout and construction cost estimates.
“This will at least give us some numbers to work off of,” City Manager Debbie Lamb said.
After getting the information, the USDA will give the city guidance on if it’s eligible for a loan, grant or both.
“We think we stand a chance to get something,” Lamb said.

(Read more: Parsons Sun)