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TOBY CHAPPELL


Greenwood County Council on Tuesday is set to discuss and possibly vote on a contract clearing the way for construction of a new animal shelter and adoption center to be maintained by the Humane Society of Greenwood.

County Manager Toby Chappell at the meeting will reveal his recommended location for the facility, along with its price tag and financing options.

A contract being negotiated between county officials and Lincolnton, Georgia-based Spratlin and Son calls for a “design build” project with a capped price. The council on March 14 authorized Chappell to move forward with contract talks, but stopped short of voting on a plan until details of the document were available.

Language in the request for qualifications issued by the county on Nov. 29, however, provides a glimpse into what the county expects from its contractor. Corwon provided the Index-Journal a copy of the RFQ last week.

More than half of the projected 16,500-square-foot facility -- about 10,000 square feet -- will be devoted to the shelter, with the rest set aside for the Humane Society of Greenwood’s adoption center.

“The intent is to develop a design approach that will support a high level of animal adoptions, with a cost-effective facility adequately sized to accommodate the projected volume of dogs and cats, and one that offers a positive, healthy environment for employees, volunteers and animals,” the RFQ said.

Functional areas will include shelter intake and holding areas, a dog-washing space, euthanasia room and an adoption lobby.

More than 60 people attended a public hearing two weeks ago, and several urged the council to continue to be thorough in its deliberations.

In November, the county agreed to pay Greenwood-based firm Heaner Design Group $148,000 to settle a contract dispute over the construction of a new shelter.

The County Council meets at 5:30 p.m. March 21 at the Greenwood County Library.

Contact staff writer Adam Benson at 864-943-5650 or on Twitter@ABensonIJ.