Lincoln Park to start the New Year with its own animal shelter

Photo courtesy of the City of Lincoln Park The new prefabricated animal shelter was delivered to Lincoln Park the first week of December, and the city hopes to have it operational in January.

Photo courtesy of the City of Lincoln Park
The new prefabricated animal shelter was delivered to Lincoln Park the first week of December, and the city hopes to have it operational in January.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – The city’s new animal shelter, behind the Department of Public Services building, should be operational in January, City Manager Matt Coppler said at the Dec. 17 city council meeting.

Coppler said the prefabricated building arrived during the first week of December, and the electricity has been hooked up to the unit and the entrances are being constructed.

“We are moving forward, and are optimistic this is going to happen right after the first of the year,” he said. “We are working on part-time staffing as well.”

Coppler said that next month, during the Jan. 7 city council meeting, the council will be voting on resolutions governing animal adoption rules, turnover policies and other guidelines governing the animal shelter.

He said Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps will be poured within the next few days, and council members will be able to tour the animal shelter after Christmas.

The animal shelter official address is 500 Southfield Road, but it is located north of the Department of Public Services building and east of the intersection of Le Jeune and Russell. At present it will house a maximum of 15 dogs.
“We will be doing a planned addition this spring that will increase the dog capacity and allow us to handle cats as well,” Coppler said. “We are just beginning the phase two design to bid that out. Phase two includes office space, storage, a restroom and cat room. I anticipate that happening in April or May.”

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)