Animal Shelter Task Force
Shawnna Funderburk, assistant to the city administrator, provided the City Council with an update on the new Animal Shelter at the May 13 City Council meeting.
March 27 - Groundbreaking Day!
The Liberty City Council, Animal Shelter Task, staff, members of the design-build team, residents and some four-legged friends gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Animal Shelter, which will be located adjacent to the Liberty Utilities Operations Center off of Riverview Road.
The Animal Shelter Task and the design-build team are finalizing some of the details. Stay tuned for more updates and progress pics.
Thanks to the Liberty voters who made this day a reality!
February 27, 2019
Members of the Animal Shelter Task force met with Centric Projects' staff to begin finalizing plans for the animal shelter.
February 11, 2019
The Liberty City Council approved a design-build contract with Centric Projects, LLC for construction of an new animal shelter. City Council Action Report»
The 7,297 square foot facility will include:
- Lobby with reception area with seating for 12 and adoption visitation room
- 3 door garage bay (with heating for animal overflow during emergency events)
- Intake room (off of garage bay area)
- 32 indoor dog runs
- Veterinary medical services room
- Feline ward rooms with kennels
- Reinforced storm shelter
- Animal Control staff office with restroom, lockers and shower
- Storage/laundry room
- Indoor canine play room
- Isolation room
- Conference and training room with kitchenette
- Safety, security and storm protection
Beyond the indoor facilities and amenities, the project will also include:
- 17 outdoor covered dog runs
- 4 outdoor play areas (with shade structures)
The City of Liberty is currently in contract negotiations with the top project proposer.
The Liberty Animal Shelter task force have asked three of the design-build teams that responded to its Request for Qualifications to submit proposals for the new animal shelter. The project is on track to be a awarded to a design-build team by the end of October.
June 20, 2018
The Liberty Animal Shelter task force members and staff toured the Great Plains SPCA Adoption Center in Independence.
June 13, 2018
In their ongoing quest for ideas for a new Animal Shelter, task force members and staff toured the Shor-Line Manufacturing headquarters in Kansas City, Kan. Shor-Line is an international company that has manufactured high-quality animal housing for the last 60 years.
May 30, 2018
The Animal Shelter Task Force toured the recently opened Liberty Camp Bow Wow as part of their ongoing efforts to research facilities and collect ideas for Liberty's new shelter.
May 17, 2018
The City of Liberty is Requesting Qualifications for Design-Build Teams for a new animal shelter on City-owned property. The City will contract with a design-build team to complete the animal shelter project. Request for Qualifications Details has closed.
May 16, 2018
The Animal Shelter Task Force visited two recent City of Liberty construction projects -- the Utilities Operations Center and Fire Station #1 -- to gather ideas for the new animal shelter. They also visited a possible site for the shelter near the Utilities Operations Center.
May 7, 2018
An Animal Shelter Task Force, comprised of individuals who are Liberty residents, business owners, veterinarians and elected officials met with City staff for the first time on May 7. The task force will work with staff and a yet-to-be selected design-build team to begin designing a new animal shelter. As part of their research, the task force will visit several area shelters and rescue organizations as well as recent City construction and remodel projects in the coming weeks. The task force is also looking at fundraising, grant and crowdfunding opportunities to provide additional funding beyond the $2.5 million from projected Use Tax revenues.
Task Force Members
- Laurie Brown
- Dr. Joe Howard
- Councilwoman Rae Moore
- Dr. Chris Morrow
- Dr. Lori Rohlfing
- Bill Taylor
- Councilman Jeff Watt
April 3, 2018
In April 2018, Liberty voters approved a 3/8-cent Use Tax with a vote of
Yes: 70.13% (2,839)
No: 29.87% (1,209)
If revenue from this tax comes in as projected it will provide support for general City operations as well as for some capital improvements, including $2.5 million for replacement of an outdated and inadequate animal shelter.