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Groundbreaking on animal shelter not realistic until 2014

The value of Dickerson Bakker and Associates’ $5,000-a-month fundraising counsel was questioned during the Aug. 6 meeting of the Animal Control Board, but the consensus among members of the Fundraising Committee is the services are needed.
“It was pretty clear we need to continue the services for the coordination of the campaign and to know how to go about the process,” said Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin, a member of the ACB. A separate meeting of the committee also was held last week.
Van Brocklin took the lead in recruiting the Fundraising Committee, which includes Jim Reel, Art Powers, Gerald Thomas, Guy Wilson, Lucinda Grandy, Cindy Bolton, Valda Jones, Lynda Wexler, Heidi Dulebohn and Dr. Mona Baharestani.
“All of the members have a huge passion for animals and are well-connected in the community,” he said.
Though some have been involved in seeking monetary support from individuals for the construction of a new animal shelter for Washington County and Johnson City, Van Brocklin said others feel they could benefit from the training consultant Gary Taylor could provide.
The worth of Taylor’s services was discussed during the ACB meeting.
“I expect a $10,000 commitment this week, and I would not feel good about that going to Dickerson Bakker,” City and County Commissioner David Tomita said. “That’s not good stewardship.”
Van Brocklin said $1.9 million toward construction of a new animal shelter on the North Roan Street site purchased last year is pledged or in-hand from city and county governments and several individuals.
“It looks good for the first phase of construction,” he said, which will include site preparation, the office portion and the kennels.
The second phase, estimated to cost $1 million, will add the spay/neuter clinic, an adoption room, increased space for cats and more kennels.
“I didn’t get to one of the facets I had hoped, which is the amount this committee is willing to donate collectively among ourselves,” he said.
Van Brocklin said he hopes campaign literature will be completed within the next couple of weeks so members could begin approaching prospective donors.
While the primary portion has been completed, the campaign pieces are awaiting a rendering of the proposed building.
Van Brocklin said he received the latest schematics from architect Tom Weems, which he plans to review with ACB Chair and City Manager Pete Peterson.
After any adjustments are made, the plans will go back to the ACB for review. Van Brocklin said an optimistic date for groundbreaking would be early 2014.