VILLAGE OF NEPONSET: City Pound still not a done deal
Village of Neponset issued the following announcement on July 26.
Kewanee City Council members voiced displeasure Monday with the pace of work at the city’s new animal control facility, which as of Monday still did not have electricity and was not taking animals.
The facility was expected to be completed this spring, but weather and other factors, including the fact much of it was constructed with volunteer work, have slowed the process.
Last month, City Manager Gary Bradley proclaimed at a council meeting that the facility would be operational by the extended March 12 deadline to vacate the old facility.
“The building is up and we’re able to house animals,” he told the council at its June 11 meeting, noting that minor work still remained.
But, according to Councilman Steve Faber, the facility is not up and running. In fact, the floor still needs to be sealed before kennels can be brought in, and the electricity is being supplied through a drop cord that runs to the city’s sewer treatment facility. A recent heat wave registered a 119 degree reading inside the facility because the window air conditioning unit was not sufficient.
“It’s a little disturbing the way the pound is going,” said Faber, who has offered several hours of volunteer work to construct the facility. “Progress is horrible. It should be up and running. It’s starting to become a joke and I’m getting upset.
“I thought it was ready two weeks ago,” said Councilman Chris Colomer.
“There is no excuse for that,” added Councilman Mike Yaklich. “We made promises (as to when the facility would be finished).“
Bradley said that at the time he made the statement, the building was up and running, he had been assured by the new operators — the local Friends of Animals group — that the facility was able to start housing animals.
“I was told ‘yes’ by the operator,” he said.
He said some of the volunteer work had gone more slowly than expected and that currently the electrician hired to hook the facility up to power had moved too slowly.
“We’re trying to get people out there to do the work,” he said.
He explained that the city had used volunteer work in attempt to keep the project below the expected $75,000 threshold and that councilman could replace the electrical contractor if he was not meeting expectations.
Councilman asked about the contract length of the electrical work and whether the contractor had exceeded any time limits. City Engineer Dale Nobel said that the contract did not contain a time frame.
Faber said it’s not just about the humane treatment of animals. He said the facility is meant to keep possibly dangerous animals from running at-large through the streets of Kewanee, and that that service currently is not being provided.
“We’re supposed to be taking care of animals,” he said. “Some kid is going to get
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