Superior City Council suspends design contract for Animal Shelter

By KBJR News 1

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 11:20 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The proposed Animal Shelter in Superior is experiencing yet another hold up.

The City Council voted tonight to suspend the $126,000 design contract with Animal Arts Inc.

The measure was introduced by council President Warren Bender and Vice President Denise McDonald.

They say the council should weigh its options to see if there is a cheaper way to go about designing the shelter.

The estimated cost to design and construct the building is about $3.1 million.

The city has committed $2.3 million for the shelter.

Animal Allies will also oversee a capitol campaign to raise funds.

"They're talking about taking it public in January with the hopes of major contributors would raise the thermometer a bit before it goes public so the gap is probably conservatively $800,000," said Mayor Bruce Hagen.

The proposed animal shelter has been in the works for almost six years now.

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