By Ashley Rader
The Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter Advisory Board received an update on the status of the shelter construction project as well as with the current shelter operations at a meeting earlier this week.
Board Chairman Mike Barnett and Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey informed the board that the project is now being looked at by a different contractor to see if it can be put out to bid for a “turnkey job” rather than have it completed by the inmate work crews.
Humphrey said the animal shelter building committee has never had the current plans put out for a cost estimate since they were revised. The building committee had to drastically scale back the plans after the first bids came in at double the budget available for construction. After a revision of the plans, the committee decided to use inmate labor as a way to save money on the project but the plans were never put out for a cost estimate by a contractor.