New animal shelter plans on track

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Preliminary plans have been completed for Wilson County’s new animal shelter. Wilson County Manager Denise Stinagle gave commissioners an update on the current project during Monday night’s meeting.

“We’re in a good place,” Stinagle said. “We hope to have the full plans back from our local contractor/engineer very shortly. With that, we will have a full set of design plans.”

Stinagle told commissioners that the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office submitted the county’s original shelter plans to the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services’ Veterinary Division for feedback and suggestions on best practices. The division inspects animal shelters throughout the state, including Wilson County’s. Stinagle said some of those suggestions included the flow of the animal shelter.

Stinagle said the county shared those details with its local contractor/engineer to incorporate into the existing plans in August.

She said contractors shared the revisions in September along with additional questions and comments for staff. The sheriff’s office reviewed the plans again, and work is currently being completed on full design plans, Stinagle said. Residents can view those preliminary plans and other information on the new shelter by visiting the county’s website, www.wilson-co.com, and clicking on “Animal Shelter Updates/Follow Our Paws.”

In June, commissioners voted unanimously to confirm the new shelter’s site on county-owned land along N.C. 42 East.

County commissioners took significant steps in recent months toward making a new animal shelter a reality. The county board appropriated an additional $370,000 to the animal shelter’s capital reserve fund, which brings the balance to $800,000.

The moves came after the current animal shelter on Airport Drive failed a state inspection. Maintenance staffers worked to repair the facility to bring it into compliance while accelerating plans for a permanent replacement.


Wilson County commissioners on Monday:

• Unanimously agreed to amend the Wilson County Unified Development Ordinance by changing Table 11-1 to make the maximum height of monument signs in all zoning districts 12 feet. The change makes the maximum heights for monument signs in all zoning districts consistent.

• Unanimously approved a general use rezoning request for an area on the south side of Piney Grove Church Road in Saratoga. It will allow for all uses and special uses allowed in the agricultural residential zoning district.

• Unanimously approved the Wilson County Transportation Title VI Program plan. That plan includes complaint procedures, complaint forms, public transportation plan and language assistance plan.

• Unanimously approved rezoning at the intersection of U.S. 264 and U.S. 264 Alternate for a housing development. The city of Wilson in May approved the design for sewer infrastructure within the development.

• Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard presented a lease agreement for Dell Financial Services that commissioners approved. Commissioners also approved the Involuntary Commitment Transport Policy/Protocol for involuntary commitment stakeholders in Wilson County, which is state policy.

• Woodard also presented information regarding the need for new patrol vehicles. The majority of those vehicles, he said have become dangerous for staff due to the wear and tear they’ve sustained.

• The Wilson County ABC Board awarded the sheriff’s office a grant that will be used to purchase Fatal Vision roadster pedal carts and goggles to enhance the sheriff’s office high school program, Project RIDE, or Realistic Impaired Driving Education.

• Jennifer Lantz, Wilson County Economic Development Council director, requested a public hearing regarding an economic incentive package for Merck in Wilson. The company will invest $30 million and add 34 new full-time jobs with benefits.