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The DeWitt County Board's plans for a new animal shelter continues to plug along.

At the Public Safety committee meeting last Tuesday, the committee received plans for the new shelter. DeWitt County Board Chair Melonie Tilley says the plans have everything they wanted in them and they will receive cost figures at their meeting next month.

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Tilley estimates the shelter is a little over 28-hundred square feet. She says some new features that they are currently lacking include an office that separates their main lobby and also a room for people to come in and meet with an animal they would potentially like to adopt.

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According to Tilley, other plans for the shelter include separating the cats from the dog kennels, storage space and a medical room among other nice features they have planned.

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The materials the Public Safety Committee has decided on is a metal building with some brick for effect. Tilley feels metal is a very diverse material when it comes to color. The shelter's new location will be right in front of the current facility. Tilley would like to have ground broken in the spring or early summer and maybe have the facility completed by the end of the year.

The county has hired Morton Building Company from Morton to work with in this endeavor.

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