New animal shelter, COA facility part of 2019 Dare building plan

By on August 9, 2018

The Russell Twiford building is slated to be torn down. (COA)

Dare County has fast tracked plans for a new animal shelter after flooding during last month’s heavy rains briefly closed the facility.

On Monday, the Board of Commissioners approved the 2019 Capital Improvement Plan, which also includes a previously recommended new facility for College of The Albemarle’s Dare County campus.

No cost for the new shelter has been established yet. It was added to the five-year construction plan presented at Monday’s board meeting. The flooding is caused by seepage when it rains hard and fast. The lastest flooding closed the facility for a day.

The COA plans call for tearing down the old Russell Twiford campus building and replacing it for $7.5 million. State bond money will cover $1.5 million. Demolition will cost an additional $1 million.

Planning is scheduled to start in 2019, with construction in 2020 and 2021.

New in the plan are improvements to the Health and Human Services facility for $2.075 million. That project, the COA work and the animal shelter will be financed by bond issues in September, 2019, according to Finance Director David Clawson.

The plan, which encompasses $23.9 million in projects, includes maintenance and construction for Dare County Schools totaling about $10 million over five years, equipment purchases and work on various county buildings.

See a summary of the plan »

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  • surf123

    Animals are made to go outside so a little water will not hurt. Please don’t squander money on a new facility. More importantly don’t indenture the citizens of the county with a bond. Schools and the college yes, but animal shelter no. We need to worry more about humans than animals.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 1:32 pm
  • Native

    We seriously can’t dig ditches , or protect people’s homes from flooding , but we can build a multimillion dollar animal shelter? What planet are we on?
    We already pay a private company (ASPCA) , for animal services. Which is wrong. Then give them the authority to issue tickets etc . If the ASPCA wants a new building, let them call up the CEO of them and build it. They raised a 129 million last year but spent 4.9 million on shelters . You know why? Because local taxpayers fit the bill. Don’t even get me started on the dog license! A license to own a domesticated animal to fund an organization that responsible people never benefit from. What a shame

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 2:09 pm
  • RoseAnn

    Dare County is overdue for a new animal shelter and can afford it. I am happy to see my taxes go for this worthy cause and schools too!

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 2:22 pm
  • Ray Supports Animals

    Taking care of God’s creation, innocent animals, who can’t take care of themselves, is great. Many of us taxpayers pay for the schools, buses etc, and we don’t have any kids in the system. That’s fine, because I want the best for the kids. With that said, have some compassion for the innocent animals. Some of us don’t mind paying for the animals, and your children. God’s love would say take care of and respect ALL living creatures☝☝

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 7:51 pm
  • Siobhan

    To Surf 123. Get a heart. To Native. Get an education. Each SPCA is independent from the ASPCA. Those numbers are meaningless.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 8:35 pm
  • Sean

    If somethings broke, fix it. Build the shelter build the new coa campus and anything else that helps the infustructer.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 8:46 pm
  • Native

    @Siobhan how many animals have you adopted? Exactly ! Only an infantile liberal would put an animal over people’s property and welfare. Sit down and color while the adults who pay taxes speak.

    If anyone thinks a bonds on the table for this , you are wrong. Won’t happen. With the election coming up, I hope the board hasn’t got to comfortable in those seats we payed for ..

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 11:40 pm
  • nigel

    I am just happy that someone (BOE?, BOC?) finally decided to pony up the money and get Manteo High Schools roof painted!!!

    Friday, Aug 10 @ 7:09 am
  • Retrograde27954

    @ Surf123… the building was literally flooded. It’s a health hazard to both animals and people.

    @ Native… the ASPCA is a completely separate organization. The Outer Banks SPCA is not an affiliate of the ASPCA. You sound like a really ignorant, ill-informed person who has no idea what they are talking about. You need to delete your comment, as it is 100% inaccurate. Shameful.

    Friday, Aug 10 @ 3:30 pm
  • seashellzwhatevs


    Friday, Aug 10 @ 3:31 pm
  • Amy

    As you have done unto the least of these you have done unto me. Jesus.

    Friday, Aug 10 @ 3:42 pm
  • jackie harris

    The main question about the Bond is will the BOC allow it to be voted on by the Taxpayer’s or are they going do use the go around way that they have used in the past?? I think they called it (COPS ) or something like that which did not have to be approved by the Taxpayer’s.. It should be placed on the Ballot!

    Sunday, Aug 12 @ 11:43 am
  • Dogmother

    Native, it is the Outer Banks SPCA, NOT the ASPCA which runs the local shelter. The current shelter facility is dated, and not ADA compliant. The cages are inadequate. Our shelter has improved tremendously, and has a high rate of adoptions. Animals are no longer euthanized to make space in the shelter, volunteers and fosters work hard with the shelter. A better facility is a reward for a job well done, and can house animals in a better way, reducing stress to the animals, as well as being a more welcoming environment for potential adopters.

    Sunday, Aug 12 @ 4:53 pm
  • DS

    A million dollars to tear down the old COA campus? Are you kidding me? Hell I can do it quicker and for $999,999 and still put a cool 3/4 of a million in added profit in my pocket. Government is only good for tax-tax and spend-spend. If they had to live on a budget like a family does they couldn’t do it!

    Monday, Aug 13 @ 11:39 am
  • surf123

    The reality is that animal ownership is selfish and is in effect slavery. There are people on the Outer Banks who struggle to pay for food everyday and whose children depend on the schools for meals during the week and over the weekend. Yet we are willing to blow several million to house unwanted pets. It is twisted thinking to spend a nickel on an animal until all of the county residents are taken care of, but that is not the way the mind of animal owners works.

    The travesty with pet ownership is the pets have no say in choosing their owners, which is why they end up in shelters (along with overbreeding). Facilitating the problem with new and expanded facilities will not fix it, but instead expand the capacity to hold more unwanted animals. @Siobhan: it is not whether or not I have a heart, but instead not using taxpayer dollars for animal care. @Dogmother: true volunteers do not want, expect or deserve rewards for doing the work they do.

    Monday, Aug 13 @ 12:23 pm
  • OBX Girl

    I am glad to see the county spending millions for animals, but yet can’t seem to spend millions to create affordable homes for the folks that live and work here. Outer Bankers have to work 2-3 jobs to make it here …. sad … so sad. Government hard at work folks!

    Wednesday, Aug 15 @ 1:12 pm
  • obxlocal

    Wonderful news! A new animal shelter is long overdue. Also if locals treated their animals better we might not need such a big new shelter for all the strays and rescues turned over and/or all the mistaken pets purchased on the spur of the moment. I have lived here for years and watch these same OBXers who complain about no money for food or rent go out to the bars and buy alcohol and etc so not feeling too sorry for them. Also it seems like the schools/children make out pretty good around here – there is a fundraiser for them every time you turn around plus they get all the money from the courts too. The local Humane Society only has 2 fundraisers a year to my knowledge – the parade and the wags/whiskers gala.

    Thursday, Aug 16 @ 3:57 pm