After donation, council OK’s $2.1M for shelter

Porters add $700,000 to cover higher costs at new animal facility

During the Fredericksburg City Council meeting on July 18, a bid for the Fredericksburg Animal Shelter was approved for $2,112,900, of which $700,000 will be paid for thanks to a donation from Mike and Mary Porter.

The donation will help offset higher than expected costs for the shelter.

 “The city decided to go for the $1.5-$1.7 million area and hopefully, if we needed more money, we’d get that through the donation process,” Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz said.

The shelter will be all-electric, Wetz added. 

The city approved “wrap-around” financing for the animal shelter project, which will use limited-tax notes to pay it over a seven-year period.

“We’re expecting the interest rates for the project to be very low,” said Dan Wegmiller, managing director for Specialized Public Finance, Inc. “They are going to be two percent or less.”

CIP Phase 2

Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities, gave a presentation about phase 2 of the water/wastewater and drainage during the Capital Improvement Project (CIP).

The total amount of projects for water/wastewater for the next 20 years is expected to be around $31 million (with about $13 million from possible bond funds), while drainage will be nearly $37 million among 23 projects.  

“We’ve added about 10 percent to that $100 million spoken about during the phase one presentation last meeting,” Bailey said. “That addition mainly comes from water and drainage projects.”

Both projects will be done in-house to save money, Bailey said.

Public hearings

Additionally, council heard little opposition during the three public hearings about various land changes, one of which is for a three-story, 10-unit hotel/bed and breakfast at 341 East Main Street (Mahaley’s Café).

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