The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

March 13, 2013

Split Council awards bid for animal shelter

GREENVILLE — A split Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to award a bid for renovations to the city’s animal shelter.

Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim told the Council the work was long overdue.

“The current animal shelter has reached and far exceeded its life expectancy,” Ebrahim said. “We have been talking about this project for a long time.”

But several of the Council members questioned not only the cost of the project, but whether it would be enough.

“I just don’t know if this is a short term fix to what are going to be long term problems,” said Mayor Steve Reid.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Dailey agreed, noting that most of the contract would involve replacing the offices at the shelter.

“We’re not getting a new animal shelter,” Dailey said. “We’re getting a new office building, and we need one, but are we getting the most bang for our buck?”

The Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to award the almost $670,000  bid to Concord Commercial Services, Inc. of Balch Springs. Reid, Dailey and Sandra Linson-Bell voted against the ordinance.

The project would tear down the existing animal control office building, add an office area to the existing dog kennel area, update the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) and renovate the dog kennel area and the isolation building.

Ebrahim said the office building is in need of demolition due to cracks in the walls and floors and that the new construction would provide a nicer office area for citizens to adopt, reclaim, and surrender animals to the shelter.

Updating the HVAC inside the shelter is also expected to create more frequent air exchanges to help control the odor problem and benefit the health of the animals in the shelter.

“Basically, it is going to be a facility that is going to help the staff do their work,” Ebrahim said.

The project was first bid in May 2011 and received a lowest base bid of $499,491. The project was rebid in January, with the low bid of $667,372 from Concord Commercial Services.

Dailey said while the work was needed, he repeated earlier objections to the cost of the project rising some 33 percent in less than two years.

But Council member Dan Perkins pointed out the offer from Concord Commercial Services was the lowest of seven bids received on the project.

“It’s not like we only had one person bidding,” Perkins said.

Ebrahim explained the last renovation work performed on the shelter was approved in 1994.

“It has been almost 20 years that we haven’t done anything,” Ebrahim said.

City Manager Steve Alexander said, provided there is no major growth spurt in Greenville during the interim, that the shelter could be viable for another 20 years.

“It certainly is a reflection on our community,” Alexander said.

The funds for the renovation were included among the almost  $2.4 million in certificates of obligation the Council agreed to issue last month.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads

See more photos and purchase prints here.


What's been the primary cause of the Texas Rangers' poor first half of the 2014 baseball season?

Too many injuries
The loss of Nolan Ryan in the front office
Questionable decisions by general manager Jon Daniels
On-field decisions by manager Ron Washington
Key players just aren't producing
All of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice