NORTH DURHAM: Uxbridge councillors got their first look at plans for the new Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog recently during a presentation from Executive members Ginger Jackson and Art Matthews at their meeting on the evening of Monday, March 24.
With the floor plans for the almost 5,000 square foot building now submitted to the municipality, the New Animal Shelter Committee is now handing over the project to Uxbridge and Scugog Townships as it project moves closer to completion, which is expected in 2015 or 2016.
"We're requesting that the townships take over responsibility going forward to make the most of their expertise," said Mr. Matthews.
Mr. Matthews added that the committee had a very successful year in 2013, with several notable fundraising events.
"We had a very productive year in 2013 and were able to take some giant steps forward with our Gala, Walkathon and golf tournament," Mr. Matthews said. "And, we were the beneficiary of these marvelous communities and since the project began have had more than 200 volunteers donate time to the project."
Replying to a question about the potential cost of the facility posed by Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet, Mr. Matthews replied that it would be, "anywhere from $1.2 million to $1.4 million, all in, as the contractor put it."
Mr. Matthews added that volunteer work on the construction of the new facility could result in a great deal of savings.
With over $600,000 already committed to the project, the New Animal Shelter committee is showing no signs of slowing down their fundraising efforts in 2014.
The group is planning for another "In the Ruff " golf tournament this summer, along with a Gala on November 15 and a Walkathon on Sept. 27.
"The walkathon is going to be even bigger this year," pledged event organizer, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger."
As well, Uxbridge's Bonner Boys recently announced an exciting partnership with the new animal shelter.
"The Bonner Boys have partnered with the new animal shelter for their annual Car Draw (at Uxbridge Arena on Saturday, June 14) and we're blessed to be working with that great group of men," commented Mr. Matthews.
As well, Mrs. Jackson highlighted the contributions of local youths towards the project, with several donations coming in from schools and local youngsters who sought to receive animal shelter donations instead of birthday presents.
"I can't believe the programs through the schools," said Mrs. Jackson. "We're getting so much support from the schools and kids are really stepping up to the plate."
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor congratulated the committee on all of the success to date, and stated that the project should serve the community well into the future.
"I want to say thank you to the committee for their great work," added Mayor O'Connor. "We have to remember that what we're building will last for the next 50 years and not just today."
The group is expected to report on their progress to Scugog council on Monday, April 14.