County administrator Randy Oliver said he now expects a contract to build a new animal shelter to be submitted to county commissioners in February for review.
Last month, the board of directors selected Florida-based Tocoi Engineering Inc. to manage the design of the facility. Tocoi was considered the most qualified of the three companies interviewed.
Oliver said the state’s Competition Consultants Negotiation Act (CCNA) requires that the scope of work and costs be negotiated with the highest-ranked firm.
“The selected company said it would have a scope and price for the design services of the new shelter by mid-January,” Oliver wrote in an email to The Chronicle on Monday.
Barring complications with the scope of work or the contract, the county hopes to get the project money by March, with the design completed in June or July.
In about a year, it is hoped that a construction contract will be awarded. According to the most recent schedule, the new animal shelter could be operational in late winter or spring 2024.
County commissioners in May asked staff to work with a budget of $ 8-9 million
for an animal shelter, with a maximum loan of $ 7.5 million. Conditions at the existing shelter are cramped and worsening, the county said.
In the related news:
Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS) has suspended its Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program until further notice. The program allows residents to bring feral cats to the facility where they are spayed / neutered, vaccinated and released to their home environment.
The agency is unable to provide the service until further notice due to staff availability, according to county spokeswoman Veronica Kampschroer.