Animal shelter vote expected Monday

Published 9:38 am Thursday, February 2, 2017

County commissioners on Monday evening are expected to vote on whether to purchase the Humane Society’s animal adoption center property to be used as the county animal shelter.

It was on the agenda for last month’s meeting for the county to pay the Humane Society $450,000 for the building and 15.45 acres in Mocksville.

At the urging of commissioners Dan Barrett and Mark Jones, the board voted 4-1 to remove it from the agenda after residents raised questions about the purchase, including some $200,000 the county had invested in the property on behalf of the Humane Society.

Commissioner John Ferguson, who cast the only vote not to delay the vote, said all of the questions had been answered in a closed session. “What do you expect to find out that you don’t already know?” he asked.

Jones said the county’s investment may be covered in the equity of the property, but it needs to be certain. Barrett called the plan an “excellent opportunity” but wants answers to questions before making a vote.

Humane Society officials said operating the pet adoption center had not become financially feasible.