Shelter on target

Assistant Managing Editor
Masons and laborers with Heyne Construction, of Minster, were at work Thursday throughout the new dog shelter.
“We’re getting ready to start the exterior wall panels and get windows installed, once that is done we’ll do the roof,” Bob Koch, of Heyne Construction, said.
He said once the roof is on, they can get interior work going.
“There is a lot of masonry to do,” Koch said. “The masonry and interior work, roof and exterior shell will take time.”
Koch said it is it a pretty simple building overall.
“Next week once we start all the exterior walls and get them done, it will start to look like something,” Koch said. “It’s a big jigsaw puzzle the way it all goes together.”
Preliminary site work got started prior to the Auglaize County Fair, with foundation work beginning the week after the fair, which is the first week of August.
Work on the Auglaize County Dog Shelter remains on target to be completed by the end of the year, County Administrator Mike Hensley said this week.
Hensley said the speed at which they complete the project would depend on the weather.
“There is a good chance it could get done sooner,” Commissioner John Bergman said, noting the quick timeframe with which work on the building has progressed.
To date there have been no issues with the building or additional costs added with change orders, Commissioner Doug Spencer said.
The biggest change so far has been slight tweaks in colors of materials used based on availability.
“I’m pretty pleased with it out there,” Dog Warden Russ Bailey said during a meeting with commissioners this week.
Commissioners said they had hoped to have a temporary facility in place for him to house dogs within months after he was hired in 2008, but construction costs for the building were prohibitive.
Bailey had been operating out of a rented building outside of New Knoxville until this summer, when conditions there deteriorated and he was forced to take dogs to the Allen County dog warden until the new dog shelter is finished.
The 2,700-square-foot building to be constructed at a cost of $427,900, including six alternates in addition to the base bid.
Dog kennels, to be purchased separately, are expected to add additional costs to the building being constructed off Dearbaugh Avenue behind the Auglaize County Law Enforcement Center and to the back of the Auglaize County Fairgrounds campgrounds along U.S. 33.