In Fiscal 2017, the Board of County Supervisors established the priority need for improvements at the new Prince William County Animal Shelter after the dated HVAC system placed animals at risk for airborne disease. The Board of County Supervisors funded the necessary enhancements to the HVAC system, which has since been replaced. They also appropriated $1.0 million for staff to develop options for Board consideration on animal shelter facility improvements.

“Building a shelter that protects the health of the animals housed there is a priority for the Board of Supervisors. It is our responsibility to keep them safe and comfortable while they await new homes,” said Supervisor Frank Principi. “The momentum for this project has been driven by local citizens who have dedicated themselves to this cause, and we will continue to keep the public involved as move forward.”

Due to the unique needs of an animal shelter, County staff is gathering requirements and working with outside consultants who have expertise in this area to present the Board with options for how to move forward with this project. The Board also directed its internal auditor to audit current animal shelter operations. Staff will incorporate any facility-specific audit findings into its recommendations.

Staff will bring forward animal shelter improvement options to the Board this summer, and then move forward with final architectural and engineering designs in Fiscal 2018. Costs will be funded through the remaining $1.0 million previously appropriated in Fiscal 2017. Once the design phase is complete, staff will advertise and select a contractor for construction of the improvements. Finally, the County will sell the necessary debt to finance project construction. Annual debt service and operating costs for the animal shelter improvement project are already programmed in the adopted Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Five-Year Plan.

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