By Ashley Rader
After months of delays pushing back the start of construction on the new animal shelter, the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter advisory committee is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.
The advisory committee and the ECCAS building committee have been working for years to see the start of construction on the new, improved and expanded animal shelter. Bids on the shelter were opened in the fall, and Landmark Construction of Johnson City was selected as the contractor to build the new shelter.
However, delays linked to attorney approval of the wording in the contract led to construction being pushed back from November, then December and then January. Now, the committee is hopeful that some progress will be made in February that will get work started on the project.
Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey told the committee Monday that all the other details surrounding the project had been worked out. He said the last remaining step for the shelter is to get final plan approval from the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission.
The shelter is on the agenda for the Feb. 7 meeting.
After the commission votes to approve the plans, the permits to proceed with construction can be issued and Landmark Construction can start work on the site on Sycamore Shoals Drive.