JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Renovations at the Jackson County Animal Shelter are obtaining some aid from COVID-19 aid money.
In a Tuesday, May possibly 17 conference, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously authorized allocating an extra $200,000 for heating, air flow and air conditioning improvements to the animal shelter. The funds are coming from the county’s federal American Rescue Strategy Act money.
The board has now unanimously accredited allocating $1.55 million of its ARPA funds towards shelter renovations and additions. But the HVAC advancements had to be permitted individually as its use fell below a distinct classification for the ARPA resources use, Assistant Administrator Debra Kubitskey reported in a Tuesday, May perhaps 3 study session.
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“We required to make it clear because HVAC is a permissible product, but it is a unique group (for ARPA funding) that we made use of for the renovations for the shelter,” Kubitskey claimed.
Though it experienced to be approved individually, it will nevertheless be a aspect of the $3-million animal shelter project, Director Lydia Sattler claimed.
The renovations will make it possible for the shelter to increase its surgical procedures room, increase the HVAC technique and add more kennels, a assembly room, more offices, an additional entrance and more, Sattler reported.
The present HVAC method does not fulfill the standards of air move for condition inspections for animal shelters, County Administrator/Controller Mike Overton formerly claimed. Due to the bad process, temperatures during the summer season months can lead to the rear of the constructing to major 90 levels, which isn’t the best surroundings for animals, he said.
There is also a lack of air circulation and separation of it, Sattler claimed. The update will also support the shelter preserve the animals healthy and respiration in clean air, she mentioned.
“When you’re housing a ton of animals, you occasionally get a large amount of them that are not nicely,” Sattler explained. “This will allow for us to have some separation of air circulation among them. This way we are lowering any chance of transmitting any illnesses that are airborne.”
The renovations are at this time underway at the shelter, with a objective to be complete by the end of the yr, Sattler stated.
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