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Animal shelter bids postponed until next week to give bidders more time

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Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Board of Mayor and Aldermen (screen grab of VTV broadcast on April, 25, 2022)

On Tuesday, the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen delayed the second bid opening for the new animal shelter project by a week.

According to Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr., the delay was at the recommendation of Community Development Director Jeff Richardson. Flaggs stated the first of the year was a bad time to receive bids and waiting would give bidders more time.

The outdated facility on Old Mill Road in the Kings Community has been plagued for years with flooding and flash flooding and the aging unit continues to struggle with the volume of animals that come through there.

Last year, the new animal shelter facility for the City of Vicksburg was approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The top-of-the-line facility was expected to cost close to $1 million with the estimated cost range to be from $993,000 to $1.4 million.

Tensions around the subject eventually led to Mayor Flaggs removing himself from the discussion for a time.

In August, the Board voted to approve advertising for bids for the new Vicksburg Animal Shelter facility, allowing the project to move forward.

Bids were readvertised in late November with changes that were expected to bring the bids more in budget with earlier cost projections.

Earlier this month, Flaggs held a Q&A session for the project, stating that funding the shelter “has come to a point where we need public input.

The new animal shelter facility is planned to be located on Highway 61 South on the lot next to Mid-South Lumber. The building to be used for the new facility was graciously donated to the City of Vicksburg by Earnest Thomas before his death.

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