Even though he's still opposed to the site, Leavenworth City Commissioner Davis Moulden said Tuesday he won't make any further effort to move the location of a new Animal Control center.
And his fellow commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday to put out the project for bids.
Moulden had objected to plans for building a new animal shelter on South Third Street near the Price Chopper store because the site previously was used as a landfill. The issue was placed on the agenda of Tuesday's study session after he made a request last week to study the location.
He reiterated his objections again Tuesday but then said he had found a time to be neutral and wouldn't make any further effort to oppose the location.
Moulden later said the idea of there being times to become neutral came from remarks by a man who spoke to commissioners earlier in the meeting about a different topic.
The city owns the land on Third Street where the new Animal Control center will be constructed. But Moulden supported building the new shelter on another piece of city-owned land next the Municipal Service Center, which is located off of Thornton Street.
At one time, the land by the Municipal Service Center was the proposed location for the new shelter. But concerns about the site were raised, and the location on Third Street was selected.
Moulden acknowledged Tuesday that the Municipal Service Center previously had been located at the Third Street site where the new animal shelter is to be built. But he claimed old Service Center building had massive cracks in it. He also questioned why the Service Center moved from that location if it was a good site.
Moulden also said a man who operates a business near that location has indicated the ground is unstable.
He said one of the concerns expressed about the Thornton Street location was the barking of dogs may disturb nearby residents.
Moulden said he's gone through the existing Animal Control center a number of times and has yet to hear a dog bark.
"So I didn't think that was an issue," he said.
An engineering firm performed a boring test of the proposed site on Third Street. The report from the firm was used for the design of the foundation for the Animal Control center. Plans for the construction of the facility call for the removal of five feet of soil at the site and the replacement of the soil. Peers that are 40-feet deep also will be part of the construction, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.
Commissioner Mark Preisinger said he has no problem with the Third Street location.
"I do believe the building will be safe," he said.
He noted that the Price Chopper building was constructed in the same area.
Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Janas Gasbarre said she feels comfortable with a vote commissioners took last week to approve the construction project.
Commissioner Phil Urban said he had objected to the Thornton Street site because he didn't want the new Animal Control facility to be in a residential area. He said the Third Street location is in a light industrial area.
Urban said he believes the site that's been selected will be adequately safe.
Moulden said after the meeting that he wants a new Animal Control facility to be built, but he may vote against the project in the future because of his objection to the site.
In other business:
When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took up the following issues:
They listened to Dee Ketchum, marketing consultant for the Delaware Tribe of Indians. He discussed plans to move the tribal headquarters to Kansas, possibly in the Leavenworth area.
They reached a consensus for advancing a ordinance to prohibit littering.