New animal shelter serves, saves
Mayor reports 201 dogs, 182 cats housed at city site opened Feb. 1 on Chesapeake Street New animal shelter serves, saves BY BERNARD HARRIS, Staff Writer
Since opening at the beginning of February, an animal shelter has taken in nearly 400 animals and saved the city about $33,000 in the process, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray told City Council members Tuesday night.
The Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal shelter operates out of a city-owned building at 599 Chesapeake St.
Since opening on Feb. 1, the shelter has accepted 201 dogs, 182 cats, two rabbits and five chickens from around the county, said Gray. Of those, 120 dogs were taken by city police or city residents.
Because the city is not charging the SPCA for the use of the space, the city is not being charged surrender fees for the dogs.
The city is still determining the location where a new 4,000-square-foot shelter will be built for the SPCA, said Charlotte Katzenmoyer, city public works director.
The new shelter will be built at a cost of about $630,000, she said.
The Lancaster SPCA was formed quickly late last year after the Humane League of Lancaster County notified Lancaster city and other municipalities in November that it would stop accepting stray dogs brought by police and other officials beginning Feb. 1.
State law requires municipalities to provide care for caught stray dogs. The SPCA now provides that service to the city and several other municipalities.
Also on Tuesday:
n Gray said a $15,000 grant is being sought from the state to help South Ann Street residents create a proposed Peace Garden in their neighborhood. If the funding is approved, the small park project could be completed by mid-summer.
n The first block of East Grant Street will be closed for about four weeks while workers demolish the former Sovereign Bank building on East King Street, Gray said.
Once the building is razed and debris removed, the edge of the site under and along East Grant will be stabilized. Fulton Banks plans to build an eight-story, 160,000-square-foot building on the site.
n Gray presented a commendation to Russell MacNair to mark his retirement from the engineering firm CDM Smith. As a consultant for the city, MacNair has designed wastewater pumping stations, helped draft a capital improvement plan and ensured compliance with environmental regulations.
n City Council had the first reading of a pair of bills that would change the way fees are imposed for utilities digging under city streets and sidewalks and establish new right-of-way use regulations. A vote on the bills is expected next month.
n Held a required public hearing on technical changes to the uniform construction code. No comments were made. A vote on the changes is slated for May 14.