UXBRIDGE: Council has decided the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog will be built in the spring of 2018.
The decision was made at a meeting on Monday, March 20th. Council also approved bridge financing from the Township, of up to $300,000 for the build.
New Animal Shelter president Ginger Jackson was originally hoping the build would commence later this year.
However, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor said she was concerned about the possibility of a winter build.
“We really don’t want to be dealing with, in my humble opinion, winter construction, and we’re in a site that would have to be snowplowed, we still don’t have any soil tests back, it’s getting later and later. Winter construction at the best of times is not a good thing,” she said. “I think this is the best scenario we can go with at this point.”
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy agreed the Township is not ready to begin construction of the shelter.
“We haven’t even tendered it yet. We would be prepared in the spring to have the tender ready and to have a contractor picked, and as soon as the ground is good, they can start digging and they can start working,” he said.“Right now we don’t even have a tender ready yet and we don’t have a contractor. We’re a long way from being able to start this project now.”
Scugog council is expected to make decisions regarding the animal shelter at their next council meeting, on Monday, March 27th.